Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur
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Airdate Monday, April 19, 2004
Season 3
Episode 20
Previous The Super Silly Fiesta
Next Job Day
Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur is the 20th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.

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Boots is excited for having a sleepover with Dora. But there is a very big problem: he can't find his cuddly dinosaur. Dora recalls that he left him at Play Park, so they have to rush there to get his cuddly dinosaur back before sunset.


Today, Boots is spending the night with Dora for a sleepover. Dora always sleeps with her teddy bear, Osito and Boots always sleeps with his plush dinosaur that he calls his "cuddly dinosaur" that he had since he was a baby. When Boots was going to get his cuddly dinosaur out of his bag, he was not there. Boots thought for sure he packed his cuddly dinosaur in his bag. Dora and Boots had to stop and think. Dora recalls that she and Boots were at Play Park with their friends earlier in the day and thought that his cuddly dinosaur might have fell out of his bag because it was unzipped. Boots really needed to get his cuddly dinosaur back and asks the viewer if he/she wants to help. After the viewer's response, Boots feels all better. Dora and Boots looked out the window and saw that it was almost sunset. They have to hurry on a nighttime emergency rescue to get Boots' cuddly dinosaur from play park to take back for his sleepover at Dora's house. First, they had to figure out the quickest route.

They try to ask Map but he was asleep. So, they tried waking him up. When Map woke up, he thought it was morning and it wasn't. So, Dora and Boots explained to Map that they needed to find Boots' cuddly dinosaur who is lost. Map was in shock but accepted the request to help Boots find his cuddly dinosaur. The viewer had to say Map and the viewer did so. Map explained that the quickest to get to play park is to go past Diego's animal center and past Benny's barn. Along the way, they can catch some stars. So, Dora and Boots got going. They stopped for a moment because Boots was still sad that he left his cuddly dinosaur behind at play park. Suddenly, an explorer star peeked out and cheers up Boots. Dora told Boots that it was Comfy Star who was trying to cheer him up. Boots was all better and decided to catch that star because she helped him. Suddenly more stars appeared.

Dora and Boots catch the stars. Sure enough, Boots caught Comfy Star. They put them into the star pocket. After that, they reach the animal center. They see Diego as he blows the conch shell. Diego came down and said hello to his cousin Dora and her friend Boots. Diego explained that the grown up animals were trying to find their babies for bedtime. The grown up capybara finds her baby and so did the armadillo. The mama scarlet macaw, tapir and banana bird can't find their babies, so Dora, Boots, and the viewer started helping out the mama scarlet macaw who went caw-caw. They listened for a tweet-tweet, a high pitched caw-caw and a chirp-chirp. The viewer finds the baby scarlet macaw in the tree. Next, Dora, Boots and Diego help tapir who went squeak-squeak. Once again, they listened for the tweet-tweet, caw-caw and chirp-chirp. They find the baby tapir behind the rock which moved completely out of the way. Finally, they help the banana bird which went tweet-tweet and the baby banana bird was behind the coconuts. After all the moms found their babies for bedtime, Dora knew a lullaby in Spanish to get the babies to go to sleep. It was called "Buena Noches" which means "good night". After the song, the animals were fast asleep. Dora and Boots had to get going. They were on their way to play park to find Boots' cuddly dinosaur. Diego wishes Boots "buena suerte" for good luck.

After passing the animal center, they see Benny at his barn who was getting ready for bed. Benny showed Dora and Boots his 9 dolls which he calls them "guys" and says he can't go to sleep without them. Boots tells Benny that he sleeps with his cuddly dinosaur but lost him at play park. Benny thought that was a bummer and hopes he finds him. Suddenly, they heard Swiper the fox. Benny thought Swiper will try to swipe his 9 guys. Swiper sneaks behind Dora, Boots and Benny and swiped Benny's 9 guys and tossed them inside his barn's chicken coop. Boots decided to climb up to the top of the barn and throw down Benny's stuffed animals one at a time. Boots looked around and said that it's dark in the barn and needed something to see in the dark. So, Dora tries to ask Backpack, but she was fast asleep. Dora tries to wake up Backpack. She tries to shout out loud to get her up. Sure enough, Backpack wakes up and she saw it was still night time. Dora explained to Backpack that Swiper swiped Benny's guys and Boots needs something to see in the dark. Backpack was surprised but accepts the assignment for Boots. The viewer just has to say "Backpack" and the viewer did so. Boots needed something to see in the dark. The viewer finds a flashlight. They get it out and pass the flashlight to Boots. Now, that Boots has a flashlight, he can throw down all 9 of Benny's guys to the ground. The viewer counts along with Boots. After that, Benny catches his 9 guys. He was so happy. After Benny got back his 9 guys, he tells Dora and Boots that he has to get something.

Dora and Boots shrug but they still got going again to play park. The sun was setting. If they don’t get to Play Park before dark, they will never find Boots’ cuddly dinosaur. And if they can’t get it back because it is too dark, they can’t have the sleepover. So, Dora and Boots needed a fast way to get up to play park. Suddenly, they see Benny in his hot air balloon. Benny brought his balloon for Dora and Boots so they can get up to play park. Benny says "abajo" to lower his balloon to ground. Dora and Boots thanked Benny. Benny reminds Dora and Boots to say "arriba" for "up" and "abajo" for "down". Benny had to get to bed and wished them good luck. Dora and Boots say goodnight to him. Then they say "arriba" and the balloon raised up into the sky. They were high up. Along the way, they see Little Star. They made a wish. Dora and Boots wished to find Boots' cuddly dinosaur. Little Star hopes their wish comes true. Dora and Boots thanked Little Star. After that, Dora saw play park down below. Dora and Boots say "abajo" to lower the balloon down to play park. After that, they jump out and look around for Boots' cuddly dinosaur. They check the swing set, but the swings were empty. Next, they check the slide. There was nothing near the slide. They keep looking, and suddenly they find Boots' cuddly dinosaur in the sandbox.

Boots was happy to get his cuddly dinosaur back and Dora had good news for him. Dora tells Boots that they can now have their sleepover. Back at Dora's house, Dora's teddy bear rides on top of Boots' cuddly dinosaur on top of a pile of pillows and imagined that it was a volcano. Boots goes: "Don't worry Osito, I can get us down from this volcano. I'm a flying dinosaur." Dora goes: "Excelente, let's go. Then they both say in a unison, "vamos abajo". Boots was so glad to get his cuddly dinosaur back in time for his sleepover with Dora. Then they celebrate. After that, Dora gets in her bed and Boots gets in his bed and get tucked in. Dora's parents flick the light switch off. Boots thanked Dora for helping him get back his dinosaur and tells her good night and loves her. Dora replies that she loves him back, and says she couldn't have found Boots' cuddly dinosaur without the viewer's help.


Places in this episode

  1. Diego's Animal Center
  2. Benny's Barn
  3. Play Park


  • Dora and Boots are in their pajamas after they got back Boots' cuddly dinosaur from Play Park.
  • This is the 13th instance where Dora and Boots returned to where they started from after reaching the final place on the map, something that also occurred in Three Little Piggies, Berry Hunt, The Chocolate Tree, El Día De Las Madres, Click!, A Present for Santa, School Pet, Save the Puppies!, What Happens Next?, Journey to the Purple Planet and Dora's Pirate Adventure.
  • This is the 73rd episode of the show.
  • This is the 5th episode in which Play Park was the final destination.
  • Tico and Isa do not appear during Dora and Boots' adventure, meaning that it is already bedtime for them. It is possible that Benny's bedtime is shortly after theirs.
    • However, Isa and Tico only appeared in the flashback of Dora and Boots playing with them along with Benny at Play Park with Boots' bag unzipped.
  • Baby Jaguar does not appear in this episode, meaning that it’s most likely bedtime for him. Not only that, this is also the last Season 3 episode where Diego appears without him.
  • This is the fourth episode where Benny spoke Spanish. He says "arriba" and "abajo" to his hot balloon to go up and down.
  • Backpack and Map were sleeping during Dora's adventure in this episode because it is almost bedtime.
    • In the episode's epilogue, Backpack was seen sleeping on the pole of Dora's bed and when it's time for Dora to look how many stars they caught (including Comfy Star), she was being careful not to wake Backpack up by the flashlight when she flashes it on the star pocket
  • This is the second time Map asks the viewer(s) to say "Map" (first being “Super Map!”), as well as Backpack's first time asking the viewer(s) to say "Backpack!" since they both woke up
  • This is first and only time Comfy Star appears in the show and gets an explorer star mini-game where the viewer has to find her.
  • This is the third episode to focus solely on Boots.
  • This is the third episode where Dora's teddy bear, Osito made an appearance. First being The Lost City and second being Baseball Boots as an item in Backpack.
  • In this episode, Gabriel Alvarez and Felipe Dieppa voice Diego.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode, the first time they catch stars and the other times they just get to the places they need to go right away because they were in a huge rush to get Boots’ plush dinosaur back before sunset, leaving them no time to sing it. However, if they did sing it, they would most likely not be able to find the dinosaur in time, so skipping the Travel Song saves them time to find it.


  • iTunes lists this episode as "Boot's Cuddly Dinosaur". The apostrophe is before the "S" instead of after. Also, in the credits, it said "Boots's Cuddly Dinosaur", where an extra "S" is added after the apostrophe.
  • When Dora and Boots leave Dora's House to find Boots' cuddly dinosaur, they just start taking off (just as the sun going down) to Play Park without first checking in on Mami and Papi to let them know where they're going. In real life, this is very unsafe for children to do because one could get kidnapped or even get hurt, if he/she just takes off running without letting his/her family know where he/she is off to before taking off, especially at night (although here it does not apply due to cartoon logic, meaning that Dora will not get in trouble).


Number of stars


Explorer Star

Comfy Star

Dora the Explorer Season 3
Dora Had a Little Lamb | Star Catcher | Meet Diego! | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | The Big Potato | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | ¡Por Favor! | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | To the South Pole | Journey to the Purple Planet | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | Dora's Pirate Adventure | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals
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