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Dora and the Very Sleepy Bear
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Airdate Monday, April 20, 2015 (Philippines)
Sunday, August 4, 2019 (Nick Jr.; US)
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 (YouTube)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 8
Episode 15
19 (US airings)
Written by Jorge Aguirre
Storyboard by:
Carol Delmindo Datuin
Enrico Santana
Ysty Veluz
Directed by George Chialtas
Allan Jacobsen
Previous Outside the US: Dora's Super Soccer Showdown
US airings: Dora's Animalito Adventure
Next Let's Go to Music School

Dora and the Very Sleepy Bear (otherwise known as Sleeping Cubby) is the 15th episode (18th in US airings) of Dora the Explorer from Season 8.

Characters Present[]


Dora and Boots try to keep a very sleepy Baby Bear awake long enough to get her home for her winter nap.


  1. Sheep Farm
  2. Pillows
  3. Bear's House



  • This is the first episode to not premiere on the main Nickelodeon network.
  • This is the first episode aired in 2015 outside the United States.
  • This episode was available on the Nick Jr. website and on demand as of January 2018.
  • At the end of the episode it is night, and Dora and Boots fall asleep themselves too.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode, they're not supposed to sing it anyway because Baby Bear is trying not to sleep, that's why they're singing a song about her trying to stay awake.
  • This is the last time Map and Backpack sing their full song.
  • Isa and Tico do not appear in this episode.
  • This is the second episode in which the "We Did It" song and instrumentals is performed quietly (due to the bears being already asleep in the cave when it is sung). The first episode is Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur, in which it happened to the last few lines of the song.
    • This is the second episode in which that song has different instrumentals, the first being "Dora's Moonlight Adventure".
    • The Fiesta Trio play a special quiet version of their extended fanfare once Dora and Boots got out of the cave. And on a side note, we can even see the grasshopper playing an accordion of his arms moving.
  • Boots makes his last appearance in this episode and Dora the Explorer.
  • The sleepover scene is a sequel/reference to either Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur and Louder! or Swiper's Favorite Things.
  • The YouTube version omits the intro, starts the credits with a jump-cut, and speeds it up along with the Nickelodeon logo, with the beginning of the credit music at normal speed all the way.
  • This was the third episode where "Wake up, (character)!" was said to wake someone up. In this case, it was Baby Bear for most of the episode, and at one point, it was Boots.
    • The first one was Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur, where Dora and Boots said "Wake up, Map!" to wake Map up and then said "Wake up, Backpack!" to wake Backpack up.
    • The second one was Benny's Big Race, where Dora, Boots and Benny said "Wake up, Sloth!" to wake the sloth up.
    • The third was in All Aboard the Giant Panda Express! of Diego's show, where Diego said "Wake up, Giant Panda!" to wake up Grandpa Panda.
  • Although this episode premiered in 2015 (Philippines) and 2019 (Nick Jr US), it was produced in 2013 according to the credits.
  • This was the second time Dora had to wake Boots up. The first was Dora's Fairytale Adventure.
    • In this episode, Dora had to say, "Wake up, Boots!" to wake Boots up. In Dora's Fairytale Adventure, Dora had to become a true princess and give Boots a hug to wake Boots up.
  • The early Season 1 version of swiping music is used.
  • On March 30, 2020, when this show was pulled off the Nick Jr. Channel after its first run since April 7, 2003, this was the last episode to be broadcast. The show would then return to channel on August 24, 2020.

Running Gags[]

  • Dora, Boots, and the viewers say "Wake up, Baby Bear!" to wake Baby Bear up.

Dora the Explorer Season 8
Dora and Perrito to the Rescue! | Puppies Galore | Catch That Shape Train | Kittens in Mittens | Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure | Verde's Birthday Party | Dora & Sparky's Riding Adventure | Dora's Rainforest Talent Show | Dora & Diego in the Time of Dinosaurs | Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular | Riding the Roller Coaster Rocks | Dora In Wonderland | Dora's Museum Sleepover Adventure | Dora's Super Soccer Showdown | Dora Saves Fairytale Land | Dora's Night Light Adventure | Dora's Fairy Godmother Rescue | Dora's Animalito Adventure | Dora and the Very Sleepy Bear | Let's Go to Music School