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Roberto the Robot
Airdate Thursday, October 9, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 (Noggin)
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 (DVD)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 3
Episode 4
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Dominic Orlando
Eric Sanford
Directed by George Chialtas
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Roberto the Robot is the 4th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.



Dora and Boots encounter a robot named Roberto, who is lost. They must help him find his way back to his grandpa's robot workshop.


Dora was looking for Boots, who was hiding in a tree. He swings on a vine. As he lands by a bush, he finds a metal boot. They find a robot behind the bush. It had 3 deferent tools: a hammer, a screwdriver, and a wrench. They tried turning him on but he wouldn't function because he was missing batteries. They count to see how many batteries the robot needs and they found out it needs 8 batteries. Luckily, Backpack had that many. The batteries get installed into the robot. Once the batteries got installed and that the robot was turned on, they find out his name was Roberto. Dora and Boots introduce themselves to him. Roberto looked around the forest and couldn't find his grandpa. Dora and Boots decide to help Roberto find him. But first, they have check the Map to see where Roberto's grandpa is. Map says that he is at his house. But to get there, they have to go across Railroad Bridge and go past the volcano. Map reminds them that they can catch stars along the way. So, Dora, Boots, and Roberto head off trying to find Railroad Bridge. Roberto extends his legs up high to see it. Now, they were on their way. But there was one problem. Roberto forgot how to walk. So, Dora and Boots help Roberto by doing the robot walk. After that, Benny and Tico needed help with their treehouse because it was broken, due to a big wind, and they don't have any tools to fix it. Luckily, Roberto has some tools, so he extends his legs and gets to work. First, he gets out his hammer to pound the nails on the wall to hold it into place. "Tap, tap, tap" says Roberto as he pounds the nails back in. Next, he has to screw in the window. He gets out his screwdriver. "Twist, twist, twist" says Roberto as he twists the screws back in on the window. All that's left to do is to tighten the door. Roberto gets out his wrench. "Turn, turn, turn" says Roberto as he tightens the nuts to hold the door into place. Pretty soon, the treehouse was all fixed and as good as new. Benny and Tico thank Roberto the robot for fixing it and cheered, "Roberto, Roberto, Roberto!". "What a cool robot", exclaimed Benny. "Muy bien", added Tico. Suddenly, they hear stars. The stars moved all around. They even saw an explorer star named Tool Star. They were able to catch them and put them in the star pocket. Then, Roberto, Dora and Boots got going. Benny and Tico thank Roberto for his help fixing the treehouse. Once Dora, Boots, and Roberto got to Railroad Bridge, they saw some train tracks missing on the bridge. Azul was coming towards them. "Stop, Azul" they all said together. But Azul was going too fast to stop. So, Roberto had to fix the bridge before Azul the blue train gets close. Roberto's feet changed to wheels. He gets out his hammer and gets to work. Roberto finds a track with one piece and hammers it into place. Next, he finds a track with 2 pieces connected together and hammers it into place. Azul still couldn't stop. Then, Roberto finds a track with 3 pieces connected together. But the last piece was stuck. Tool Star comes to the rescue and uses a crowbar and pries the rock off. The final piece was hammered onto the bridge just in time. Dora asked Azul if he was okay. Azul was fine and noticed the robot was fast and asked for his name. His name was Roberto. Azul thanked him for fixing the bridge. And Azul trundled away. Dora, Boots, and Roberto had to find out where to go next. They got across Railroad Bridge. Now, they just had to go past the volcano. The problem was a giant rock is obstructing the path. So, Roberto lifts up the giant rock. Then, he sets the giant rock down offscreen. Dora and Boots do the robot walk with Roberto again. As Dora, Boots, and Roberto approach the volcano, they hear Swiper the fox, so the viewer is told to watch out for Swiper. Unfortunately, Swiper swipes Roberto's three tools and tosses them into the air before landing in the volcano. Roberto's tools are lost inside the volcano. Suddenly, the volcano started to shake which caused the ground to shake which caused everyone else to shake. The volcano erupted. "Ka-boom!" it went and it was raining bouncy balls. Roberto the robot had to catch his tools. He gets his hammer back, followed by his screwdriver. Suddenly a bouncy ball obscures the wrench. It appears again and Roberto was quick enough to get it back. The volcano does not erupt for the only time. Now Roberto got his tools back. So far went across Railroad Bridge and past the volcano. All they had to do now is go to Roberto's grandpa's house. It was very far away. Dora, Boots and Roberto needed a fast way to get there. Suddenly, a robot bike appears behind the tree. On top of that, it was built for 3. Dora checks her Backpack for 3 helmets. Once Dora, Boots, and Roberto got their helmets on, a yellow bird streaks up to Roberto telling him that his grandpa is very worried. Boots wondered who that yellow bird was. Roberto tells him that her name was Katie and flies really fast. Dora, Boots, and Roberto peddle the robot bike really fast. Together, they follow Katie to a gate. Roberto tells the gate "Open please" in Spanish. They all went through the gate and approached Grandpa's house. They all went inside. Roberto’s grandpa was so happy to see Roberto back home. Roberto had two pets: a robot dog and a robot cat. Roberto introduced his new friends Dora and Boots to his grandpa and explains to him that they were the ones that helped him get home. He thanked them for bringing Roberto home.


Places in this episode[]

  1. Railroad Bridge
  2. Volcano
  3. Roberto's Grandpa's Workshop (referred to as "Grandpa's House")


  1. Benny and Tico's Tree House
  2. Robot Bike
  3. Robot Gate

Items in Backpack[]

First Segment[]

Note: All 8 batteries are the correct items.

  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Doll
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Battery (correct item)
  • Soccer Ball

Second Segment (Items clockwise starting from the top right)[]

  • The same soccer ball from the first segment
  • Medium Helmet for Roberto (one of correct items)
  • Small helmet for Boots (also one of the correct items)
  • The same doll from the first segment
  • Large helmet for Dora (also one of the correct items)


This episode can be found on the Save the Day DVD.


  • Roberto needs 8 batteries so he can work.
  • Unlike Bouncing Ball, the volcano does not erupt again.
  • Roberto can change his feet into wheels.
  • A fireworks sound effect would later be used in "The Mixed-Up Seasons".
  • This is the 57th episode of the show (58th overall episode in earlier airings)
  • Roberto has 3 different tools: a hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench.
  • This is the second episode where Swiper swipes something in the volcano, first being Bouncing Ball. However in the aforementioned episode, the volcano shook twice and shot out Boots' ball and then more balls. This time the volcano shook once and shot out balls and Roberto's tools.
  • Roberto fixing the tracks and bridge was different than what happened in The Iron Giant when The Iron Giant (character) and Hogarth fixed the rails because after fixing the rails, Iron Giant got ran over by the train but not Roberto, who didn’t get run over by Azul.
  • And like in the Iron Giant, Dora and Boots found Roberto in a forest and Hogarth did the same thing.
  • Before counting the stars in English, Dora doesn't say, "Count with me!" She instead says, "Let's count them!".
  • The scene where Dora and Boots teach Roberto how to robot walk bears a resemblance the Season 2 episode, The Missing Piece, which is the same scene where Swiper swipes Backpack, Dora's sock, and Boots' boot by spinning around them, just like how he swiped Roberto's tools by spinning around him.
  • Isa doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the original Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing the Robot Walk Travel Song.
  • This episode premiered exactly 3 years after "The Big River" premiered, as well as 2 years before the premiere of first 2 episodes of Disney's Little Einsteins, because these 2 shows have the same writers and composers of the credits.
  • It is unknown how the Fiesta Trio got to Roberto's Grandpa's House when they played their extended fanfare.
  • The robot dog's bark sounds like Pep's from Putt-Putt games.
  • The second time Backpack was being summoned, Dora does not turn around to show Backpack when she asks the viewer to say her name.


  • When Backpack was checked the first time, she did not have helmets, but when she was checked the second time, she did. It's likely that the producers didn't think of including a bicycle until later production in the episode, or there was no room in the first Backpack Segment for the helmets.
  • It is unknown how Dora, Boots and Roberto crossed the Railroad Bridge. It is possible that they walked across it (like Dora and Boots do on most bridges) offscreen.
  • After Dora Boots and Roberto see the train tracks broken, she changes her face design version 5 into version 3 for the rest of the episode.

Number of stars[]


Explorer Star[]

Tool Star

Dora the Explorer Season 3
The Lost City | Star Catcher | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | ¡Por Favor! | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | The Big Potato | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Meet Diego! | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals | Dora's Pirate Adventure | Dora Had a Little Lamb | Best Friends | Journey to the Purple Planet | To the South Pole
* - Denotes held-back episode
** - Denotes held-up episode