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Star Mountain
Giant Star on top of Star Mountain
Airdate Tuesday, January 11, 2005 (VHS and DVD)
Monday, March 12, 2007 (Nickelodeon)
Sunday, March 17, 2007 (Noggin)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 4
Episode 15 (airing)
3 (production)
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Carol Datuin
Alex Que
Jose Silverio
Kuni Tomita
Ysty Veluz
Directed by George Chialtas
Sherie Pollack
Previous Dora's World Adventure! (airing order)
Dora's First Trip (production order)
Star Catcher (chronologically)
Next Baby Crab (airing order)
Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine (production order)

Star Mountain is the 15th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 4, as well as a sequel to the season 3/4 episode Star Catcher.

In production order, it is the 3rd episode of Season 4.

Characters[]

Summary[]

Dora has recently got another present from Abuela: a new necklace that matches her bracelet. But when Swiper swipes the necklace and flung all the way it to the Giant Star on top of Star Mountain, a place where all the Explorer Stars live, Dora and Boots must go all the way up there to retrieve it with help from the viewer and three Explorer Star friends: Glowy, Saltador and Tool. Dora and Boots will never give up!

Plot[]

The episode starts with Dora showing the viewer her new necklace that she got from her Abuela that matches her bracelet. All of sudden, Dora and Boots hear Swiper nearby. They thought he will try to swipe Dora's necklace. They did not stop him in time, because Swiper jump scares them! So he swiped the necklace and flung it all the way to the top of the giant star on top of Star Mountain. Boots wonders how they are able to get it back and Dora realized that Star Mountain is where all the explorer stars live after they caught them and put them in her Star Pocket from the last episodes of Season 3. She thought that they can help them if they call them and choose one of the 3 superpowered explorer stars by saying "¡Estrellas!" and they do so. Sure enough of choosing one of them, there were three explorer stars that can help. The first one is Tool Star, who has all the tools they want and need. The second one is Saltador, who can give them super jumping power. And finally, there's Glowy, who can either light up something dark or make things warm with her bright light. Now, Dora and Boots have to find out how to get to the top of Star Mountain. They ask Map for assistance. He said that they have to run up 15 star steps and climb up a big Diamond to get all the way to the Giant Star on top of Star Mountain to retrieve the necklace. Dora and Boots were ready to race to the top of Star Mountain. They will not give up!

Along the way to the star steps, there was too much fog and they cannot see where they are going. Luckily, Tool Star has the perfect tool to get rid of the fog. It is a fan. Dora, Boots and the viewer help Tool Star fan the fog out of the way. In no time, they reach the steps. They have to be careful because there is bubbly green goo, and they do not want to get stuck in the goo. They try counting normally up the steps, but a buzzer goes off and they slide down to solid ground, because they weren't fast enough. The goo was starting to rise and they have to count even faster. They did so and made it up 5 steps. They climb up 5 more steps. So far, they got up 10 steps. Boots gets excited and goes "Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah!", as he dances and celebrates, but all of sudden, there was goo everywhere. There was so much that they cannot even go up more steps. Glowy comes along and tries melting all the goo. Dora, Boots, and the viewer joined in and sure enough, all the goo is gone. They continue going up the last 5 steps all the way to 15. With that done, they made it up the steps.

Along the way to the diamond, it was starting to snow. The problem is Dora and Boots do not have any snow clothes. Luckily, the explorer stars have snow clothes to give them. They started to play in the snow, but as Boots was making a snowball, there was a sound of something rolling. It was a giant snowball. Suddenly, Saltador gave them jumping power so they can jump over the giant snowball. They jump really high to get over the snowball. In no time, they made it over the snowball and made it to the diamond. To get up the diamond, they have to use star handles and follow a star pattern. One star handle is red and the next one is green. The climb up from red, green, red, green, red. They approach two stars, a green one on the right and red on the left. The viewer tells Dora that the next star in the pattern is green. They were halfway up the diamond. There were more star handles. They kept going. Red, green, red, green, red, green. Like before, there was a red star on the left and a green star on the right. The viewer tells them that red comes next. In no time, they made it all the way up the diamond. So far, Dora and Boots made it up the 15 star steps and up the Diamond.

They were getting so close to retrieving Dora's necklace. They just have to go to the Giant Star. But along the way, there was a huge blizzard. The explorer stars could not go any further. They got going but all of a sudden, Boots slid down but Dora pulls him up. Soon, they made it to the Giant Star and past the blizzard. Dora and Boots need a rope that is long enough to reach the necklace. They check Backpack for the longest rope. Backpack had two ropes, long and short. The viewer finds the longest one. Dora and Boots twirled the rope like a lasso and threw it up to the top. All of a sudden, they see a snowman on a snowboard trying to get the rope. It is not just any snowman, it was really Swiper the fox. This time, Dora and Boots stopped him, but Swiper fell down to the ground and caught his snowboard. Now, Dora is ready to climb up to the top. She asked Boots to hold the rope tight as she climbs to avoid falling off. Boots accepted the request and wished her good luck. She needed help from the viewer to climb all the way to the top. She climbed and climbed and climbed, and in no time, she made it to the top of the Giant Star. Not too long after, Dora is able to reach her necklace successfully. The giant star lit up and the snow melted so the explorer stars can start flying up in the air again. Dora climbs down to the bottom. She and Boots hugged each other. They were so glad that they saved Dora's necklace after it got swiped by Swiper and the explorer stars helped them out for the whole adventure!

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)[]

  • Top
  • Hula Hoop
  • Mango
  • Long Rope (referred to as "una soga larga"; just the right length, correct item)
  • Osito
  • Short Rope (referred to as "una soga corta"; correct item, but not long enough, not the one that got stuck like in Meet Diego! and To the South Pole)

Places in this episode[]

  1. Star Mountain
    1. 15 Star Steps
    2. Big Diamond
    3. Giant Star

Sub-Places[]

Number of Stars[]

3 (that's a few stars)

Note: All three of the stars are Explorer Stars.

Running Gag[]

Dora keeps saying, "We can do it! ¡Sí se puede!" for motivation.

Releases[]

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.

Trivia[]

  • It is revealed that Star Mountain is home of all the explorer stars.
    • It is also revealed that the explorer stars could not go any further whenever there is a blizzard.
  • This episode aired on the VHS and DVD title Catch the Stars before it aired on TV two years later.
  • The book adaptation of this episode by Alison Inches is titled as Dora Climbs Star Mountain.
  • This is the 92nd episode of the show.
  • This episode marks the least stars counted by three, but this time all the stars were explorer stars.
  • On the Nick Jr. website, there was a game where Dora plays Mini Golf on Star Mountain. Some differences are that she plays mini-golf instead of getting her necklace, Boots does not join, Backpack doesn't appear, Tool Star and Glowy Star are still there while Switchy takes Saltador's place for landing a rainbow warp of star shape to call for help, and when she's up at the top, she's still in her regular clothes due to cartoon logic.
  • Going by production order, this episode marks the introduction of an altered format for keeping track of the places (in airing order, it would be Dora's Fairytale Adventure):
    • After Map's explanation of the three places, he adds: "So you tell Dora: First you go to the (first location)."
      • This marks the return of Map saying, "So you tell Dora" since Season 2, but only in a different way (as a reminder to tell her what location to go to). He still says, "So remember" before reviewing the places.
    • Dora does not use the Picture Pop-Up Sequence after asking Map and after passing each location; she instead asks Map every time she passes a location (this will happen in every episode of this season until Dora's Dance to the Rescue). The Picture Pop-Up Sequence would return in Dora's World Adventure!.
      • Additionally she says, "Where do we go first/next?" without the three squares below her.
    • Starting with this episode, a red checkmark is placed on each location passed, most likely to visually keep track of the locations so the viewer doesn't forget.
    • A possible reason for the "Bonus Map" segments is to fill in the remaining runtime after the star-catching format was being abandoned.
  • This is one of few Season 4 episodes featuring the Explorer Stars doing a mini-game of themselves during the end credits instead of Character Find like in Daisy, La Quinceañera.
  • Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song twice in this episode.
    • During the Travel Song, they sing a different second stanza that goes, "We're climbing up Star Mountain to the giant star above! We won't give up until we find the necklace that I love!", instead of the usual "Come on, vámonos, Everybody let's go. Come on, let's get to it, I know that we can do it" and they say "Where are we going?" twice in English and twice in Spanish.
  • This is the second time Swiper swipes something near the very beginning after Star Catcher.
    • Coincidentally, this episode and the episode mentioned above have Swiper swiping Dora's gifts before the adventure started, and the Explorer Stars help to get it back.
  • Dora tells the viewer if he/she see Swiper anywhere, but he immediately jump scares Dora and Boots and swipes Dora's necklace making them not have the chance of stopping him right away or on time.
    • This marks Swiper's earliest appearance in an episode, and the least amount of time it took for him to be noticed and to swipe something.
  • Dora and Boots don't catch any stars in this episode, and the stars do not get out in the star pocket, the stars actually instead only help them on their adventure and at the end of the episode, Dora says that she and Boots are going to count the stars that helped them during the episode instead of star catching. Also, unlike in Star Catcher, Map doesn't say anything about the stars helping Dora and Boots on the way.
    • Despite this, the star pocket is still visible on Backpack.
      • In production order, this is the first time Backpack has the star pocket on her during her segment.
    • This is the only Season 4 episode to feature a star count with the altered format.
    • This is also the final episode (in both airing and production order) to feature a star count after Dora and Boots say their favorite parts before the star-catching was retired.
  • Map does not zoom wipe at all in this episode.
    • This is the first episode in production order where Map does not zoom wipe at all.
  • When Dora and Boots are singing the Travel Song, they don't say Star Mountain, they say Giant Star because they are going to the giant star on top of the mountain.
  • Isa, Benny, and Tico don't appear in this episode.
  • Dora does not say "We had such an exciting trip today!", she instead says "We had such an exciting adventure today", just like in El Coquí.
  • The Fiesta Trio did not play their fanfare in this episode, not even their extended fanfare to start We Did It!. However, they do appear during I'm the Map and the Travel Song.
  • This is the 14th instance where Dora and Boots returned to where they started from after reaching the final place on the map. This also occurred in Three Little Piggies, Berry Hunt, The Chocolate Tree, El Día De Las Madres, Click!, A Present for Santa, School Pet, Save the Puppies!, What Happens Next?, Journey to the Purple Planet, Dora's Pirate Adventure, Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur, and Dora's Fairytale Adventure.
    • Not only that, but this is the third instance where they do it during the We Did It! song.
  • The picture with Dora and Boots high-fiving while Boots is in the air is used in the Coming Up Next promos for Noggin (and Nick Jr.'s Puzzle Time only when Moose A. Moose says, "Moose here! Dora the Explorer is coming up next! But first it's...").
  • This episode premiered on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:00AM eastern time as part of "Dora's Super Star Week" as well as the following Friday (March 16). Additionally, three other star-themed episodes aired during the week long event, each airing at 9:00am eastern time. Those other three episodes were Little Star (March 13), Star Catcher (March 14), and ¡Por Favor! (March 15).
  • This episode aired exactly 5 years after The Magic Stick premiered.
  • Similar to Star Catcher, the Explorer Stars help get Dora's necklace back, there are three stars (Tool Star, Saltador, Glowy) instead of four.
    • Coincidentally, two of them (Saltador and Glowy) were the same ones who helped Dora and Boots rescue Woo-Hoo from the Prince of Cloud Castle's wrath in the aforementioned episode.
  • This is the fourth episode where Dora's teddy bear, Osito made an appearance. First being The Lost City, second being Baseball Boots (item in Backpack), and third being Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur. It is also the second time it was an item in Backpack.
  • Just like in To the South Pole, Dora and Boots' same winter clothes from A Present for Santa and A Letter for Swiper are parkas.
    • In the book version of this episode (Dora Climbs Star Mountain) and the Mini-Golf game, Dora and Boots' parkas are absent (in the second mentioned, it's just Dora, as Boots is absent in that game)
  • When Dora asked the viewer to say "Backpack", Boots did not just yell out "Louder!", he instead yells "Say it louder, please!".
  • It is unknown how Swiper (when he appeared the second time) and the Fiesta Trio got to Star Mountain.
  • Although it premiered in 2005 on VHS and DVD and 2007 on both Nickelodeon and Noggin, it was made in 2003 according to the credits.
  • This episode premiered on Noggin on St. Patrick's Day in 2007.
  • Swiper swipes Dora's special and favorite necklace that was brand new to her, except she doesn't cry at all after what he did, she's just hurt, but with Boots cheering her up, by hugging, saying that they'll find it, as well as the viewer telling them that he/she will help, they (Boots and the viewer) immediately make her think positive.
    • Coincidentally, Backpack was also a gift from Mami and Papi and the Star Pocket was even a gift from Abuela.
    • In 3 instances, Swiper swipes the gift.

Goofs/Errors[]

  • Due to this being the first episode Dora and Boots check Map more than once in production order for Season 4, during the second time he was checked, the "I'm the Map" song plays again. Also, the Fiesta Trio did not sing with Map that extra time, which means the short version from Season 2 was used.
  • It is unknown why Dora's necklace didn't appear in future episodes.
  • Judging by the height of Star Mountain from the ground, it is very high. In real life, it is very impossible to throw anything so high in the air that it lands atop a mountain that big. Gravity would just make that object fall down within seconds.
  • The necklace changes size and orientation throughout the episode.
  • At the start of the episode, Backpack is not wearing the star pocket. The pocket suddenly appears starting from the scene of Dora climbing the diamond; then when reaching the Giant Star, Backpack changes to her Season 4 look for the rest of the episode (missing her left side pocket and has the star pocket in place of it).

Explorer Stars[]

Note: Bold represents who got the mini game during the credits.

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