Who does Dora and Boots ask for help when they don't know which way to go? The Map! But today, Map is taken by a big silly bird who mistakes him as a stick, so Dora and Boots must make their own map and head all the way to the Tallest Mountain in order to rescue Map.
The episode starts with Dora and Boots on a far hill away from three mountains. Dora introduces her friend, Backpack. She then hints another friend who lives inside Backpack. Someone who is very helpful and can be asked for help when she and Boots do not know where to go. Dora asks the viewer(s) who that is. Shortly after, Map pops out and sings a little verse of his song. He then jumps out, does a flip in the air, then lands on solid ground and asks the viewer(s) to sing with him. Dora and Boots join in as well. After they sing, Map jumps on a log and declares everyone should take a bow. Dora and Boots applaud and begin to laugh. Meanwhile in the distance of the three mountains, a big bird swoops down behind the log Map was on. Whilst sing his song once more, the bird picks up three little sticks, then sees Map and somehow mistakes him for a big stick so he takes him away to the Tallest Mountain. Dora and Boots give chase but fail. Map tells them he and the bird are flying to Tallest Mountain. Dora asks how they will be able to get there, and Map responds with "You just have to make your own map...!" as he flew away in the distance. Boots asks Dora how they would make their own map. Luckily, Dora has an art box with five yellow stars in Backpack. With the help of the viewer(s), they find the box and Dora opens it to find crayons and paper. The two walk over to the highest part of their hill to see the view that is their quest. Dora draws three pictures on her paper. One was of the Butterfly Garden close to the hill. Next, a cornfield. And finally, the Tallest Mountain. Dora holds out the paper to Boots and starts naming the places. It is clear what they have to do; they have to go to Tallest Mountain to get back the Map. So the quest begins. Once they enter the Butterfly Garden, they see a sign that can help them get through, they have to follow blue butterflies with yellow polka dots. They flap their arms like a butterfly, but the butterfly disappeared. Boots asked the viewer(s) where it went. It was hiding in the log. They went through it to follow it. As they exit the garden, all the butterflies waved goodbye with their wings. Now they have to go through the cornfield. Along the way, they stop Swiper from swiping their map. After that, they enter the cornfield. There is another sign to help them. It says they need to go through the colored paths without running into mean red ants. The safest way to get through is to take the red, blue, and green path. They can't take the yellow, orange, or purple paths because it has mean red ants. Dora and Boots memorize the colors and off they went. First they have to take the red path. All of a sudden, the mean red ants are chasing them. Next, they need to take the blue path. Finally, they take the green path. In no time, they made it through the cornfield and got away from the mean red ants. They're getting closer and closer to rescuing the map. They just have to get to the Tallest Mountain. There is a tall, a taller, and of course, they found Tallest Mountain. Boots says hello to Tallest Mountain and Dora says they are here to rescue the map. Tallest Mountain hopes they find him, but also tells them that they must be careful while climbing because she's very, very tickliesh. She is not kidding. They try to be careful not to tickle the Tallest Mountain, but they climbed too fast, causing Tallest Mountain to laugh so hard that watermelons roll towards Tico, Boots, Dora and then the viewer(s) They have to jump over the watermelons. Once it was the viewer's turn, he/she had to stand up to jump. They did so and in no time, Dora and Boots made it to the top of the mountain. The big silly bird realizes that Map is really a map and not a stick. He apologizes to Map and gave him back to Dora and Boots. They give him a hug and showed him the map they made, and he loves it! He reviewed what Dora, Boots, and the viewer(s) did. They went through Butterfly Garden, though the Cornfield, and that's how they found him on the Tallest Mountain. Dora has a big surprise for Backpack and explained to her that they rescued Map. She was so excited for her and Map back together again and so were Dora and Boots.
Dora and Boots had to make their own map to get back the old map.
This is the first episode without the 3 picture pop-up sequence. After finishing the first two locations, Dora and Boots instead use the replacement map as their guide.
This episode paves the way for Season 4, where Dora and Boots check Map multiple times instead of using the 3 picture pop-up sequence. However, unlike Map in Season 4 (and Dora in later seasons), red checkmarks are not placed each time they complete a location. The first episode with red checkmarks is Dora's Fairytale Adventure.
At the beginning of the end credits, Map is finally white instead of blue. The error with Map swapping colors in the beginning of Baby Blue Bird's Character Find is fixed. This will also occur in "We're a Team!".
When Dora and Boots list the places they are going during the Travel Song, the background is taken from Lost Squeaky.
This episode is among the first four episodes to be featured on DVD.
This is the first episode to be released on a Dora the Explorer-themed DVD. However, due to the Nick Jr. Holidays DVD released on September 24, 2002, the actual first Dora the Explorer episode to be released onto DVD in general is "A Present for Santa".
This is the first episode in which Dora and Boots don't use Map to help them, since he was taken away by the Big Silly Bird.
Since Map is gone away, Dora talks like him by saying, "First we have to go to [first location], then we go to [second location]", and "[first location, second location, destination!]" followed by "say it with me!", then repeats the places to go three times. Boots also does so by saying "...and that's how we get to [destination]!".
Also, Dora says "So how do we get to the Tallest Mountain?" before repeating the places instead of using one of Map's quotes ("So you tell Dora" and/or "So remember"). However, even if Dora did say one of these quotes, she would most likely say "So remember", which is what Map says in "Whose Birthday is It?", "The Lost City", and all Season 3 onwards episodes.
Tico is already at Tallest Mountain for some reason, most likely picking watermelons.
Dora and Boots climb up Tallest Mountain without any problems.
At the end of the adventure, Map replicates his sequence when Dora places down the Replacement Map without starting by singing "I'm the Map!".
Khaliah Adams is the voice actress of the Tallest Mountain.
This is the first episode with Tallest Mountain as the final destination. In the episode Super Map!, it starts at the same location. It is possible that the aforementioned episode takes place directly after this episode.
Coincidentally, the aforementioned episode and this one were put together on "Map Adventures" VHS and DVD, and Super Map! came after this episode, so this may prove that it almost definitely takes place before "Super Map!" (there is a good chance that it does).
Map is technically still a stick considering paper is made from wood.
Dora and Boots don't sing the I'm the Map song before saying the places they are supposed to go like Map always does with their new map they made and he does not sing it either since he is accidentally taken away by the big silly bird. However, they do sing it before the bird came. In addition, Map doesn't sing it before he replicates his sequence, he just does it right away.
The Travel Song is sung and featured twice in this episode.
Additionally, it was on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of 2003.
It is unknown what Swiper would swipe when he appeared (because Boots did not say "He'll (Swiper) try to swipe the [item]". It would most likely be the replacement map since Dora had it in her hand the whole time Swiper appeared, but luckily (thanks to the viewer), they stopped him anyways.
Speaking of the replacement map, if one looks closely, when Dora asks the viewer to help stop Swiper, it somehow has Map's color palette instead of its original paper white. After Dora and Boots stop Swiper, it has returned to its original color.
Dora places down the map for Map to recreate his segment near the last few minutes of the episode, but when Map finished, the replacement copy disappeared off of Tallest Mountain. It is unknown what happened to it afterwards.
In the We Did It song, Boots has a line that goes, "We counted coconuts and jumped over watermelons", but nowhere in the adventure did they count coconuts, but however they did jump over watermelons when climbing Tallest Mountain.
This appears to be the only time where the "We Did It" song features an action Dora and Boots did not do in the episode, excluding the episode Best Friends, in which the "We Did It" song features all the things Dora and Boots did together.
However, it is possible that they counted coconuts in a deleted scene.
In the cornfield after Dora and Boots take the blue path, the path changes to its original color when the screen cuts to them.