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Big Red Chicken is a main character on Dora the Explorer. As his name implies, he is a red chicken and one of Dora and Boots' best friends. He loves to prepare fiestas and practice magic tricks.

He is voiced by Chris Gifford, the co-creator and executive producer of the show.


Official bio

Big Red Chicken is a big friend, so big that when Dora first met him, she thought he was a red hill! Silly, comical, and always on hand for a party, he loves to do magic tricks, host parties, and play carnival games. He can sometimes act as an adult, he even officiated the Grumpy Old Troll’s wedding! If there's ever a party or big event around, so is he!


Big Red Chicken is a legendary character in Dora's world, known to many through a storybook that tells his backstory. When he was a baby chick, Big Red Chicken was actually very tiny and lived on a big red hill. He couldn't run as fast as his friends. He was so little that he had to be very careful or his friends would step on him. He didn't like being so little. One night, when he went to bed, he saw a group of stars shaped like a big chicken. He made a wish on the stars that he could be big.

In the morning, when the little red chicken woke up, he wasn't little anymore; he was as big as a house. The Big Red Chicken was so happy, he danced the chicken dance by flapping his arms and stamping his feet. When Dora and Boots got to see him, it is confirmed that still he does indeed live on the Big Red Hill and dances the chicken dance whenever he wants.


Big Red Chicken has a red body with red wings and a yellow beak. He has white eyes with black pupils and yellow feet. When he goes to a fiesta, Big Red Chicken is always dressed up. He wears a big blue coat with a yellow flower pin. However, in Whose Birthday is It?, he wears a purple cape and hat to Swiper's birthday party. When he is practicing magic, he wears a purple cape, carries a matching purple magician's hat, and holds a wand.



Big Red Chicken appears in a lot of episodes of the show. The first episode of the first season, "The Legend of the Big Red Chicken," focuses on him as the main plot point. Coincidentally, the final episode ever made, "Dora's Night Light Adventure," calls back to the first episode and features reused animation of Big Red Chicken from it.

In the spin-off series Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Big Red Chicken appears in only two episodes: "Return to the Rainforest" and "Dora's Rainforest Reunion."

A live-action design of him was created by the show's production company, Funline Animation, for the theatrical movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold, suggesting that Big Red Chicken was planned to appear in the film. However, the design was cut from the final film. However, because Dora the Explorer will be rebooted into a live-action series, it is possible that the design will be used in the series.


Major characters
Main Márquez family
Dora | Diego | Alicia | Mami | Papi | Abuela | Guillermo | Isabella
Swiper | Grumpy Old Troll | Bobo Brothers | Alejandro
Object helpers
Backpack | Map | Rescue Pack | Click
Forest friends
Boots | Tico | Benny | Isa | Big Red Chicken | Señor Tucán | Fiesta Trio | Baby Jaguar
City friends
Pablo | Alana | Emma | Kate | Naiya | Sammy | Randy