Pablo's Flute
Airdate Earlier airings: Monday, October 8, 2001 (Nickelodeon)
Current airings: Monday, October 15, 2001 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 (VHS)
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 (DVD)
Season 1
Episode 25
Previous Te Amo
Next Call Me Mr. Riddles

Pablo's Flute is the 25th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 1.



Once upon a time, a young boy named Pablo had a magical flute that played "beautiful" music... that is, until he lost it in a storm! And now his farm is in danger of frying up! Dora and Boots must find the flute set out to bring it back to Pablo's Mountain to reverse the devastating drought. But to get over the Windy Bridge, through Spooky Forest, and get past Swiper the Fox, they are going to need the viewer's help!


Dora wants to read a book to Boots called "Pablo's Flute." Dora gets out the book with a picture of a flute from Backpack. She also has a book about bongo drums, a guitar, a cowbell, and an accordion. As Dora started reading, there was a boy named Pablo who lived in a farm high in the mountains. Pablo and his grandpa worked so hard to try and take care of the plants and animals on the farm. But the ground was rocky. It was hard for the plants and food to grow. One day Pablo's grandpa carved a wooden flute of 5 different colors. The 1st color is magenta with 1 hole; the 2nd color is orange with 2 holes; the 3rd color is yellow with 3 holes; the 4th color is purple with 4 holes; and the 5th color is red with 5 holes. Pablo puts the pieces in order from smallest number all the way to the biggest number. When Pablo plays his flute, something magical happens: everything starts to grow! The mangoes, the plants; the chickens laid lots of eggs and the llamas and cows start dancing and the ground is all green. After Pablo plays his music, a terrible storm approaches, a powerful wind knocks the flute out of Pablo's hands. After the storm dies down, Pablo and his grandpa searches for the magic flute. But couldn’t find it and without it, he can't make any music. The corn stopped growing, the mangoes stopped sprouting, and the chickens stopped laying eggs.

The entire forest is sad and that they missed the magic flute. After the story, Dora and Boots are on a search for the Pablo’s lost magic flute. It takes a while but they finally found Pablo's magic flute. Dora catches it and puts it into her backpack pocket for safe keeping. Now they have to go to Pablo's Mountain return Pablo his magic flute. Map says that they have to go over a windy bridge and through a spooky forest to get to Pablo's Mountain. Dora and Boots are walking on the path until they see Swiper. They stop him and he runs away. Now, they approach the windy bridge. The wind is blowing hard. Boots drops the flute and it breaks into pieces. The pieces are gathered up but not in the right order. Dora remembers that Pablo sang a little song to put the flute together. They sing the scale starting with the lowest note and ending it off with the highest note. The pieces are laid out close together and the blue cursor clicks the pieces from the smallest number of holes indicating the lowest note, then the blue cursor clicks on the 2 hole piece, the 3 hole piece, the 4 hole piece, and the 5 hole piece. Once the flute is back together the flute plays its notes from the lowest note all the way up to the highest note. It is now fixed and as good as new. Dora catches the flute and she and Boots duck their heads down low to avoid getting caught with the strong wind. After they cross the windy bridge, they walk down the path and they approach the spooky forest.

Boots saw something flying, he gets scared and hugs Dora tight with his eyes closed. Dora tells Boots that it's okay, it's just Señor Tucán and he's telling them that they should watch out. They have to watch out for "las culebras" which is Spanish for "the snakes," "los lobos" which means "the wolves," and "los murciélagos" which means "the bats." Señor Tucán tells Dora and Boots to listen for the friendly owl. The friendly owl will lead them through the spooky forest. As Dora and Boots enter the spooky forest, they see 4 different colored paths; green, red, blue, and yellow. The blue path is where the friendly owl is. The bats are on the green path, the snakes are on the red path, and the wolves are on the yellow path. They thank the friendly owl and they make it through the spooky forest. They are now getting close to Pablo's Mountain but as they're on their way, the path stops by a cliff. Boots tries running up the cliff, but he falls and Dora catches him. Dora and Boots decide to climb up the cliff using a rope. Dora throws the rope around a tree at the top of the cliff and in no time, they climb up the cliff to the top. After that, they see Swiper climbing up the cliff. They stop Swiper and after Swiper snaps his fingers, the rope breaks and Swiper bounces down the cliff back onto solid ground. He shakes his head and runs far, far away. Dora and Boots call out to Pablo saying that they found his flute and give it back to him. His grandpa tells him "Tocas tu musica" which means "play your music." Pablo counts to 5 in Spanish. Dora and Boots also do that. Pablo plays his flute and the entire forest starts to grow. The trees grew, the mangoes sprout, the corn grow, a cow moos by the barn, the chickens laid a huge mountain eggs, and the llamas and cows dance once again. Pablo's grandpa told him "tocas tu musica Pablo, tocas tu musica" and he laughs. Dora, Boots, the entire forest, and even Pablo and his grandpa are all proud that he got back his magic flute and that he can play his music once again.

See also

Pablo's Flute/Transcript

Items in Backpack (clockwise from the top right)

Note: All items are books about musical instruments.

  • Book about guitars
  • Book about bongos
  • Book about Pablo's flute (correct item)
  • Book about accordions
  • Book about cowbells

Listen to the Sounds at the Spooky Forest

  1. Bats on the green path
  2. Snakes on the red path
  3. Friendly Owl on the blue path
  4. Wolves on the yellow path

Places in this episode

  1. Windy Bridge
  2. Spooky Forest
  3. Pablo's Mountain


  • Big Cliff to Pablo's Mountain


This episode can be found on the Egg Hunt DVD and Move to the Music on VHS.


  • Dora and Boots stopped Swiper twice in this episode.
  • Pablo appears again as Dora's classmate in "Pepe the Pig's School Adventure."
    • Additionally, he will even later appear in the spin-off series, "Dora and Friends: Into the City!".
  • This is the 24th episode of the show.
  • In some scenes of this episode, Dora's voice sounds her Season 2 voice. This will happen again in Call Me Mr. Riddles. It is possible this and the aforementioned episode are the last two produced episodes in Season 1 because of that.
  • When Boots says "The Map!", the background is taken from Bouncing Ball (reversed).
  • Benny, Tico, and Isa do not appear in this episode.
  • This episode aired on Columbus Day 2001.
  • It is unknown how Dora and Boots would go down from Pablo's Mountain after the rope broke.
  • Instead of jumping in the book, the events of the book seem to be reality as Dora and Boots find the flute near them.
    • However, it is still unknown how Swiper got to Pablo's Mountain when he appeared the second time.
  • The zoom-in mechanic from Treasure Island, Berry Hunt, and Surprise! returns in this episode when Dora says, "How do we get to Pablo's Mountain?" before the three pictures pop up and then she says the places.
  • The walking animations in the Travel Song where Dora and Boots list the places are recycled from Dora Saves the Prince. It was also used in El Coquí, The Chocolate Tree (first time), To the Treehouse, Te Amo, and Call Me Mr. Riddles.
    • Also, the animations during the "Come on, Vamanos!" and "Where are we going?" are recycled from Backpack!. It was also used in the aforementioned episodes.


  • When Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song the second time, after Dora says "Pablo's Mountain!", she is the only one saying the third "Where are we going?" (the same problem occurs in Three Little Piggies during the second time the Travel Song was sung, and Big River during the third time it was sung). Usually, she and Boots do that it together, which they did the first time.
  • Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song the first time, but after they sing it, Boots is holding Pablo's flute until Swiper comes out wanting to swipe it, but Dora and Boots weren't holding the flute while singing the Travel Song.
  • It is unknown what Swiper would swipe when he appeared the second time, but it is most likely Pablo's magic flute because that was what he tried to swipe when he appeared the first time.
  • In some scenes of the episode, Pablo played his flute with the right hand on top, whereas a flute is normally played with the left hand on top.


  • The name of Pablo's flute (it was called "Magic Flute") is a reference to Mozart's opera with the same name (K620).


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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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