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The following is a series of background music that plays throughout Dora the Explorer.

Most are leitmotifs associated with various characters or different scenarios; they become more orchestrated as of Season 5.

Opening/Dora's theme[]

An instrumental of the show's theme song, plays during the opening of an episode usually when Dora is introducing herself.

Boots' theme[]

Plays whenever Boots is introduced or does something silly.

Swiper's theme[]

Plays whenever Swiper is encountered. Consists of the repetitive melody "G-B-B-C-E#-E#", with a repeated "low G, high G" interval beginning with the second repetition. When Swiper is close to swiping, the music changes to the melody "G-B#-G-G-B#-G-B#-G-C-E#-G-C-E#-C", and gets faster.

Benny's theme[]

Plays whenever Benny appears or is mentioned. Consists of the melody "E-C-D-F-E-C-D".

Tico's theme[]

Plays whenever Tico appears or is mentioned. Consists of the melody "A-C-G-A-C-G-A-C".

Isa's theme[]

Plays whenever Isa appears or is mentioned. Consists of the melody "C-G-A#-C-G-A#-C".

Fiesta Trio fanfare[]

A fanfare played by the Fiesta Trio whenever Dora and Boots pass a location. Consists of the melody "B-B-B-B-D#-C♯-B-E".

From Season 3 and onward, at the very end of the adventure just before the We Did It song, the Fiesta Trio play a ceremonial extended fanfare.

Some episodes of Season 6 pitch up both fanfares by one key.

In "Swiper's Favorite Things", the normal fanfare is sung a capella due to the Fiesta Trio having lost their instruments before their first appearance.

From Season 7 and onward, the fanfare is pitched up and reorchestrated.

"Stop and think" cue[]

An instrumental that usually plays after Dora says "Let's stop and think." Consists of high and low woodblock notes ending with a "ding" effect.

Used in: The Legend of the Big Red Chicken, Lost and Found, Hic-Boom-Ohhh!, Beaches, and We All Scream for Ice Cream.

Searching cues[]

A series of background cues that play during a finding game where the viewer has to look for an object, usually something that Swiper swiped.

Variant 1[]

A cue in the key of A major, consists of bongos and plucking guitars.

Used in: We All Scream for Ice Cream, Choo-Choo!, Treasure Island, Big River, Surprise!, Sticky Tape, Bugga Bugga, Te Amo, Pablo's Flute, The Big Storm, The Missing Piece, León, the Circus Lion, Rescue, Rescue, Rescue!, ABC Animals, A Crown for King Juan el Bobo, Dora's Got a Puppy, and Benny's Big Race.

Variant 2[]

A cue in the key of C major.

Used in: Beaches, Grandma's House, Fish Out of Water, To The Treehouse, ¡Rápido, Tico!, To the South Pole, The Super Silly Fiesta, Boots to the Rescue, and The Big Red Chicken's Magic Show.

Variant 3[]

A cue in D major to E major to F# major, consists of high woodblocks, triangles, and electric guitars.

Used in: Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure, The Grumpy Old Troll Gets Married, ¡Vacaciones!, Swiper's Favorite Things, and School Science Fair.

Swiper's exit cue[]

Plays once Swiper leaves the scene. Usually occurs after Swiper is stopped, while a more "unsuccessful" variant is heard if he does swipe the object.

Season 7-8[]

This is often heard when he is stopped in "Baby Bongo's Big Music Show" and "Puppies Galore".

Star-catching theme[]

Plays during the Star-catching segments. Starts as a series of flute melodies ascending from A major before changing to a jovial tune in C major when the stars are spotted. An ascending crescendo plays when Dora says "Catch 'em, catch 'em, catch 'em!", and all the parts except the bongos drop out once the stars are caught. Finally when the stars are being put in the star pocket, a descending flute chord is played followed by a triumphant horn melody in A major.

Ending theme[]

Plays in the final scene of the episode, during the Favorite Parts segment. It is basically a variant of the show's theme song in C major.

In the star-catching episodes, the theme is extended slightly to a key in A flat major to B flat major following the final star count.

From Season 5 onward, the theme is re-orchestrated, and goes from C to D major when the episode is about to end.

Trivia[]

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