Star Catcher
Star Pocket
Airdate October 6, 2003 (TV)
January 11, 2005 (VHS and DVD)
Season 4
Episode 3
Previous Daisy, La Quinceañera
Next La Maestra de Música
Star Catcher is the 3rd episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 4.

Characters present


Dora gets a star pocket from her Abuela and becomes a star catcher.


Abuela gives Dora a special present -- a star pocket. Dora can catch stars and put them in a star pocket. Dora catches her first star and it was an explorer star named Woo-Hoo. A baby star who likes playing peek-a-boo. All of a sudden Swiper comes along and swipes the star pocket and puts sticky tape on a balloon string to the star pocket and flies away with it. Dora and Boots had to find out where the balloon is taking the star pocket. So they asked Map for assistance. He says that the balloon is taking the star pocket to the cloud castle. Before they can get there, Dora & Boots had to go across the stormy water, next they have to go up to the Dragon Mountain and then they'll get to the cloud castle to rescue Woo-Hoo. He also mentions that they can catch stars along the way and they can help save Woo-Hoo. Dora & Boots put their hands around their eyes like a telescope to search for the stormy water. Dora & Boots got to catch more stars (even though the star pocket was taken away). Dora & Boots caught 4 more stars and they were explorer stars. Dora caught Saltador, a super-jumping explorer star and Noisy Star who honks really loud to give a warning. Boots caught Glowy, an explorer star who gives out a bright light and Switchy who can change into 3 different shapes. It can turn into a square, a triangle or a circle. Dora, Boots and the explorer stars made it to the stormy water. They use a boat to get them across. Dora & Boots put on life jackets so they can be safe. As they sailed across the stormy water, it got dark. They choose Glowy the bright light explorer star. Glowy goes to the bow which is the front of the boat and acts like a spotlight. Suddenly the boat approached some sharks. The sharks had big teeth. Dora & Boots will have to jump over the sharks. They choose Saltador the super-jumping explorer star. They jump over 3 sharks. After that, the boat bumps into a whale who is asleep. Dora & Boots choose Noisy Star. Noisy Star honks a couple of times. And then the whale woke up and swam out of the way. Dora & Boots made it across the stormy water with the explorer stars’ help. They approach the dock and put a wooden ramp down so they can get out. Now, Dora, Boots and the explorer stars had to get over the Dragon Mountain. Woo-Hoo calls out from afar. They had to rescue Woo-Hoo who's in the cloud castle. Dora & Boots saw train tracks down on Dragon Mountain. They ride Azul the blue train up to the top of Dragon Mountain. Azul noticed that there was a pattern in the tracks. It went square, triangle, circle. After getting up at the top on Dragon Mountain, they had to go down Dragon Mountain fast because a dragon was coming towards them. On their way down the mountain, there were some missing pieces in the tracks. Dora & Boots chose Switchy the shape-changing explorer star. Switchy turns into a circle to complete the gap. Then Switchy turns into a square to fill in another gap. After Azul got Dora & Boots down Dragon Mountain. The dragon was trying to warn them about the missing pieces in the tracks but the dragon was glad that they got down OK and flew away. Dora & Boots get off Azul the blue train and Woo-Hoo is still calling out from afar. But, Dora and Boots were getting close to the cloud castle. Dora remembers that the cloud castle is on the highest cloud. They find the cloud castle on the highest cloud. Saltador gives Dora & Boots some super-jumping power so they can super-jump into the cloud castle. Then it was time to find Woo-Hoo and the star pocket. The cloud castle prince had the star pocket and Woo-Hoo was still inside it. Dora and Boots try to get it back but the guards stood in their way. The prince said that everything inside his castle belongs to him. Boots asked the prince to give back the star pocket and the prince said no and that he's the star catcher now. Dora told the prince that he isn't a real star catcher and that her Abuela told to the prince that a real star catcher is a friend to the stars. The prince tries to prove that he's a real star catcher by having a star catching contest. Dora and the prince were ready and lots of different colored stars came along. Dora caught the stars. The prince didn't catch any but Dora caught all the stars. The prince gives the star pocket back to Dora. and then Woo-Hoo thanks Dora for rescuing him. The prince felt sad so Woo-Hoo tries to cheer him up by saying his name. The prince laughs and he had to admit that he was wrong to try and keep the star pocket to himself and realized that it's best to be a friend to the stars.

Places in this episode:

  1. Stormy Water
  2. Dragon Mountain
  3. Cloud Castle


  • Throughout the rest of the season, the star pocket can be noticeably visible on Backpack's side, despite the fact that star catching is no longer used.
  • It's revealed that Dora attaches the star pocket to Backpack as a gift for her too and so that she can keep track of how many stars
  • This episode took place before any other episode with star catching.
  • This is a flashback episode on how Dora first got her own star pocket.
  • This episode marks the most stars caught by twelve.
  • This is the only episode where, after Map showed the places to go, Dora did not ask where to go first. Instead, she and Boots immediately start looking for the first location.
  • This is the first episode where Swiper swipes something at the very beginning.
  • This episode reveals what the inside of the Star Pocket looks like.
  • At the end of the episode, Dora does not ask the viewer what their favorite part was (in their opinion), she instead asks about what their favorite star is. And after saying "I like that star, too", Dora and Boots immediately count how many stars they have caught without saying what their favorite star is.
  • Dora and Boots do not sing the Travel Song in this episode due to Woo-Hoo in trouble.


Explorer Star


Dora the Explorer Season 4
Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Star Catcher | La Maestra de Música | The Shy Rainbow | Star Mountain | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | We're a Team! | Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | Dora & Diego to the Rescue | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Best Friends | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Save Diego | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Dora's World Adventure! | Boots to the Rescue | Baby Crab | Dora Saves the Mermaids
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