Bouncing Ball
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Airdate Earlier airings: Friday, September 1, 2000
Current airings: Monday, December 4, 2000
Season 1
Episode 15
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
John Fountain
Tina Kugler
Directed by George Chialtas
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Bouncing Ball is the 15th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 1.



When Boots got a super blue bouncy ball from the toy store, he accidentally bounces it too hard that it bounced down the hill. So, Dora and Boots have fun bouncing and jumping as they get it back.


The episode stars with Dora and Boots at a toy store. Today, Boots wants to get a new ball. More specifically, Boots is looking for a super blue bouncy ball. Once they found it, they went to the checkout counter to pay for it. Val the Octopus tells Boots to pay over 12 coins. Boots had 7 coins, and asks Dora is that enough. Unfortunately, she told him that he does not have enough coins and the ball costs 12 of them. Boots is upset that he doesn't have any more coins to buy his super blue bouncy ball, but Dora tells him not to worry because she has some more coins in her Backpack. Dora gets out 5 more coins from her backpack to total 12. Sure enough, they can buy the ball. After they paid up, they left the toy store with Boots' super blue bouncy ball. Boots loves it so much that he made up a song about it. After the song, he wanted to see how far the ball bounces. But the ball bounced so much and it vanished. Boots wanted to know where his bouncy ball went. So, they check the Map for assistance. Map says that the ball is bouncing to the volcano and he explains to the viewer that a volcano is a big mountain that explodes. But before Dora & Boots can get there, they have to go across the Mucky Mud and over the Troll Bridge. Dora & Boots got to the Mucky Mud and the mud was really mucky. They had to figure out how to get across it without getting all mucky. They see frogs jumping across the rocks to get to the other side. Dora & Boots jump like frogs on the rocks to get over the Mucky Mud. Next, they had to go to the Troll Bridge. Along the way, they hear Swiper the fox nearby. But they manage to stop him. Soon, Dora and Boots make it to the Troll Bridge. But just as they were about to cross, the Grumpy Old Troll comes out. They had to answer a riddle that went: "Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bounce. Only two of these things will bounce. Can you pick the things that bounce? Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bounce." There were four things in the air: an ice cream cone, a pogo stick, a towel, and a kangaroo. They had to pick two things that will bounce. The viewer picks the pogo stick and the kangaroo because those two things bounce. The ice cream cone and towel lie flat on the ground but the pogo stick and kangaroo bounce away. The troll got steaming angry and lets them go over his bridge. So far, they went across the Mucky Mud and over the Troll Bridge. All they had to was go to the volcano. After Dora & Boots walked on foot for a long time, Boots noticed they were still too far away from the volcano and needed a faster way to get there. They decided that they should get a ride from Tico who drives a yellow car. Dora and Boots start chasing Tico and tell him to wait. The Spanish word for wait is "espera." So the viewer said it with Dora and Boots and that made Tico wait. They asked him if he can give them a ride to the volcano. Tico said he'd be glad to. Dora and Boots hopped in and put their seatbelts on. Tico drives super fast to the volcano. They thanked him for the ride. Once Dora & Boots got to the volcano, they can see Boots' super blue bouncy ball. But then Swiper swipes the ball and throws it into the volcano. Suddenly, the volcano started to shake which not only caused the ground to shake, but also caused Dora & Boots to shake. The volcano explodes and the super blue bouncy ball goes towards the screen and the viewer catches it. They threw the super blue bouncy ball back to Boots and he was happy. He sings the "I Love My Ball" song again. After that, the volcano started shaking again which caused the ground to shake. It also caused Dora, Boots and his ball to shake and when the volcano exploded, lots and lots of balls of different colors came out, but Boots was happy with his own new super blue bouncy ball.


Bouncy Ball

See also

Bouncing Ball/Transcript

Places in this episode

  1. Mucky Mud
  2. Troll Bridge
  3. Volcano

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)

  • Binoculars
  • Book
  • Paintbrushes
  • Balls
  • Pair of socks
  • 5 coins (correct items)


This episode can be found as a bonus episode on the We're a Team! DVD.


  • Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song 3 times.
    • It's also the first episode they sing it on the way to all 3 places.
    • It is a rare event where the Travel Song is sung on the way to the destination.
    • Usually for the last place, they just run to it right away.
  • Backpack's strap is fixed due to cartoon logic in this episode after it broke in the previous episode.
  • This is the 15th episode of the show.
  • This is the 1st episode where Swiper swipes something in the volcano. This will happen again in Roberto the Robot.
  • This is Dora and Boots' second time to go over the troll bridge, first being Surprise!.
  • When Swiper says "Oh man!", the background is recycled from Sticky Tape.
  • The end credits for this episode are in navy blue instead of light blue for the first time in this episode.
  • Chembo Corniel does not appear in the song musician in the end credits.
  • Benny and Isa do not appear in this episode. However, Benny did appear in the Character Find.
  • This is the first episode to have the end credits in the center instead of center and right.
  • When Dora and Boots get to the Volcano next to get Boots' ball back, they ask the viewer if he/she see the volcano then the Blue Cursor clicks on it before singing the Travel Song and after they sing it, they're at the exact same spot where they asked the viewer where the volcano is and Tico coming their way to help them get there.
  • This episode features a fourth wall break. The ball bounces towards the screen making the viewer catch it, and then he/she was asked to throw it back to Boots (as hard as he/she can). Something similar happens in a later episode titled Lost Squeaky.
  • This episode introduces the Blue Cursor in a new version. Starting with this episode, whenever it clicks on something, it will sharply glow for a whole second.
  • Before Map's segment, Dora doesn’t say "Louder!", she instead says "I think you have to say it again!".
  • In current airings, this is the last episode to air, not only in the year 2000, but also in the 20th century and the 2nd millennium.


  • After passing the Mucky Mud, the Fiesta Trio played their fanfare by jumping out of the mud, but they were not at all mucky.
  • It is unknown what Swiper would swipe the first time he appeared. However, they stopped him anyway.
  • In real life, volcanoes spurt out lava and not bouncy balls.
  • When Dora and Boots sing the We Did It! song, the super blue bouncy bouncy ball bounces on its own. In real life, balls can’t do that.


Character Find

Benny the Bull

International premieres

  • Friday, November 10, 2000 (Latin America)
  • Friday, November 17, 2000 (Portugal)
  • Friday, February 16, 2001 (Spain)
  • Thursday, April 5, 2001 (Brazil)

Dora the Explorer Season 1
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken | Lost and Found | Hic-Boom-Ohhh! | Beaches | We All Scream for Ice Cream | Choo-Choo! | Treasure Island | Three Little Piggies | Big River | Berry Hunt | Wizzle Wishes | Grandma's House | Surprise! | Sticky Tape | Bouncing Ball | Backpack! | Fish Out of Water | Bugga Bugga | Little Star | Dora Saves the Prince | El Coquí | The Chocolate Tree | Te Amo | Pablo's Flute | To The Treehouse | Call Me Mr. Riddles
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