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Star Catcher
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Airdate Earlier Airings: Monday, October 6, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Current Airings: Wednesday, October 6, 2004 (Nickelodeon)
Season Earlier Airings: 3
Current Airings: 4
Episode Earlier Airings: 2
Current Airings: 3
Written by Eric Weiner
Previous Earlier Airings: Dora Had a Little Lamb
Current Airings: Daisy, La Quinceañera
Next Earlier Airings: Meet Diego!
Current Airings: La Maestra de Música
Star Catcher (also known as Dora's Star-Catching Adventure) is the 3rd episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 4. It is the 2nd episode of Season 3 in earlier airings.



Dora receives a Star Pocket from her Abuela and learns how to catch stars, making her become a star catcher. But Swiper swipes it, and attaches it to a balloon, where a star-catching prince eventually gets ahold of it. Now, Dora and Boots need to go to the Cloud Castle to retrieve it and rescue Woo-Hoo with help from the viewer and four explorer stars.


Abuela gives Dora a very special present, something her grandmother gave to her when she was her age: a purple star pocket where Dora can catch stars and put them in. Abuela tells her a story about the time she use to wear it. Special stars would come. She also says that they can even find a special explorer star. But, It is up for her to catch them. Now, Dora is ready to become a star catcher. She and Boots were so excited. She then asks Backpack if she can wear the star pocket and she accepted the request. Map is impressed to see the star pocket as well. Dora and Boots are now ready to go on their very first star-catching adventure. Dora caught 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 (without even noticing that Woo-Hoo is still in it) and puts sticky tape on a balloon string to it. And the star pocket attached to the balloon flies away (again, with Woo-Hoo still in it). Dora tries jumping up to get the balloon string, but failed. Woo-Hoo is calling for help and Dora told him not to worry and said that she and Boots will save him. Dora and Boots had to find out where the balloon is taking Woo-Hoo and the star pocket. They asked Map for assistance. He says that the balloon is taking the Woo-Hoo and the star pocket to the cloud castle. But before they can get there, Dora and Boots had to go across the Stormy Water and over Dragon Mountain. He also mentions that they can catch stars along the way and they can help them rescue Woo-Hoo. Dora and Boots put their hands around their eyes like a telescope to search for the stormy water. Dora and Boots got to catch more stars (even though the star pocket was taken away). Dora and 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 morph into 3 different shapes: a square, triangle, or circle. After reviewing the stars, Dora, Boots, and the explorer stars made it to the stormy water. They use a ship to get them across. Dora and Boots put on lifejackets 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 ship, and acts like a spotlight. Suddenly, the ship approaches some sharks and Glowy Star is frightened. Dora and Boots will have to jump over the sharks. They choose Saltador the super-jumping explorer star. They jump over 3 sharks. After that, the ship bumps into a whale who is asleep. Dora and Boots choose Noisy Star. Dora and Boots go "honk-honk!" as Noisy Star honks a couple times. And then the whale woke up and swam out of the way. Dora and 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 hurry if they are going to rescue Woo-Hoo who's in the cloud castle. Dora and 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 fast because a dragon was coming towards them. On their way down the mountain, there were some missing pieces in the tracks. Dora and Boots need help from an explorer star. Sure enough, Switchy the shape-morphing explorer star comes to help. Switchy turns into a circle to complete the gap. Then Switchy turns into a square to fill in another gap. After Azul got Dora and Boots down Dragon Mountain, the dragon said he just was trying to warn them about the missing pieces in the tracks. They didn't know the dragon is friendly. The dragon was glad that they got down okay and flew away. Dora and Boots get off Azul the blue train and Woo-Hoo is still calling out from afar. Luckily, 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 and 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 blocked them. The prince said that everything inside his castle belongs to him. Boots yelled at the prince to give back the star pocket and the prince refused and said that he's the star catcher now. Dora told the prince that he isn't a real star catcher and that her Abuela told her 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, in which whoever catches the most stars gets the star pocket. Dora and the prince were ready and lots of different colored stars came along. With help from the viewer, Dora caught the stars. Now it was time to see who won the contest. The prince didn't catch any stars, but Dora caught all of them. 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 playing peekaboo. The prince and everyone else laughs and he had to admit that he was wrong to try and keep the star pocket to himself and realized that it was best to be a friend to the stars.

Places in this episode

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

Number of stars



This episode can be found in Catch the Stars on VHS and DVD, as well as Let's Explore: Dora's Greatest Adventures on DVD.


  • Throughout the rest of Season 4, the star pocket can be noticeably visible on Backpack's side, despite the fact that star-catching would be no longer used.
  • It is 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 are caught.
  • Abuela mentions that her grandmother gave her the star pocket as little girl. However, it's unknown if her mother or her child (also unknown if it is Mami or Papi) ever used the star pocket as a young child.
  • This episode took place before all Season 3 episodes with star-catching. However, the first episode that involves star-catching was actually on the Season 2 episode, The Lost City.
  • Chronologically, this would be the third flashback episode on how Dora first got her own star pocket. First would be Dora's First Trip, in which she met her friends for the first time, and the second would be Backpack, in which she got her own purple Backpack.
    • Unlike the aforementioned episodes, this episode does not begin with Dora telling the viewers that she is going to tell a story.
  • This episode holds the record of the most stars caught being 12.
  • Unlike other episodes, after Map showed the places to go, Dora did not use the picture pop-up sequence and ask where to go first. Instead, she and Boots immediately start looking for the Stormy Water.
    • In addition, Dora does not ask the viewer where the Stormy Water is with the blue cursor clicking on it, she and Boots instead use telescopes with their hands to find it.
      • Because of this, the Picture Pop-Up Sequence was only used twice in this episode.
  • This is the first episode where Swiper swipes something near the very beginning.
    • Also, Swiper did not make his whisking sound in this episode.
  • 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 do not talk about their favorite star, they immediately start counting how many stars they have caught.
  • At the very end of this episode, when Dora says "¡Gracias!", the audio is taken from The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.
  • Dora and Boots do not sing the Travel Song in this episode because they were in a big rush to rescue Woo-Hoo. However, they actually do not sing any songs in this episode except for We Did It! (excluding the theme song and I'm the Map (Backpack, Backpack was not heard in this episode since she was not checked)).
  • This is one of few episodes that premiered on Nick instead of Nick Jr.
  • This is the seventh episode where Dora does not look inside Backpack (second in earlier airings). However, Backpack did appear as Dora attaches the star pocket on her.
  • This episode reveals that Abuela likes to give presents to Dora.
  • This is the 79th overall episode of the show (55th in earlier airings).
  • Four explorer stars were caught instead of just one.
  • This is the first episode (in earlier airings) to introduce multiple explorer stars.
  • The copyright year reads "2003", proving that this episode is produced in Season 4. Not only that, but it was also produced the same year as the premiere of the episode (this doesn’t happen again until Dora's Dance to the Rescue).
  • Benny, Isa, and Tico do not appear in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to feature the Season 3-4 opening sequence on TV.
  • This is Saltador's second appearance and Noisy Star's fourth appearance (first appearances in earlier airings), as well as the second episode for Glowy Star and the only episode where Switchy Star makes a major role. He makes a cameo appearance in "Star Mountain".
  • This is the second episode in which Abuela tells a story about her childhood, first being The Chocolate Tree.
  • This is the last episode (in current airings) until Best Friends, Dora's World Adventure!, and Dora Saves the Mermaids to feature the Picture Pop-Up Sequence. For most of Season 4, Dora will use Map as her guide each time she and Boots pass a location.
    • This could mean that this episode was most likely produced before the Season 4 episodes that feature Dora checking Map replacing the picture pop-up sequence, therefore this episode would be the first produced episode for Season 4.
  • The Nick Jr. replay airing of this episode on Nick Jr. aired the same day as Meet Diego!.
  • Map does not say "Oh, stars! Try and catch stars along the way!". He instead says "Ooh, you're star catchers now! You have to catch try to catch stars along the way!", and then mentions about the stars helping Dora and Boots rescue Woo-Hoo.
  • This should have been the first episode to feature star-catching. However, if it was, it would be a Season 2 episode since The Lost City is also from that season.
  • This is one of the four episodes that aired during Dora's Super Star Week (this episode played on March 14, 2007). The other three are Star Mountain (March 12 and 16), Little Star (March 13), and ¡Por Favor! (March 15).


  • Although this is really a Season 3/4 episode, there are a couple websites that list this episode as a Season 2 episode. For example, Yidio (stands for Your Internet Video) lists this episode as a season 2 episode and as "Dora's Star-Catching Adventure."
  • Unlike Treasure Island, El Coquí, and Dora's Pirate Adventure, when Dora and Boots were riding the ship across the Stormy Water, they still had to wear lifejackets even though it was large and does not need to be rowed. It is unknown why they had to wear lifejackets. In real life, even babies do not need them for a boat like that.

Explorer Star (in the credits)

  • Woo-Hoo
Dora the Explorer Season 4
Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Star Catcher | La Maestra de Música | The Shy Rainbow | Swiper the Explorer | 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 and 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