The Happy Old Troll
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Airdate Friday, September 20, 2002
Season 2
Episode 12
Written by Chris Gifford
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The Happy Old Troll is the 12th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 2.



Dora and Boots help the Grumpy Old Troll find all the things that make him happy so he can do his happy dance.


Dora has some things that make her happy and shows the viewer her happy box. She gets out her blanket that her Abuela made for her when she was a baby. She gets out her bracelet which was a present from her 4th birthday. She gets out her flute which is what she plays everyday. There was a friend Dora knows who makes her happy and it was Boots the monkey. Then Dora wondered where Boots was. The viewer tells her and she sees him swinging on a vine. Boots said the swinging on vines makes him happy. Suddenly, they hear Grumpy Old Troll. He thinks that there is nothing that makes him happy. However, there are three exceptions: a purple baby petunia flower, fireworks and flying horses. Dora & Boots wanted to know what happens if they found all those things. Grumpy Old Troll said he would do his happy dance. Dora & Boots needed help on where to find the things that make Grumpy Old Troll happy. So they ask the Map. He says that Dora and Boots asking him for help makes him so happy. Map knows where Dora & Boots have to go to find what makes Grumpy Old Troll happy: Play Park. Before they can go there, they have to go over the big red hill and across Fishy Lake. Dora & Boots got going and saw some happy animals like kittens and a dog. After that, they hear Swiper. Dora & Boots stop him by saying "Swiper no swiping" 3 times and he runs away. Dora puts her happy box into her Backpack for safe keeping. Dora and Boots walked up the Big Red Hill. After getting up to the top, the hill starts moving. The big red hill was really Big Red Chicken and what made him happy is the chicken dance. After doing the chicken dance, they now have to find Fishy Lake. They couldn't see it. Big Red Chicken stands on his tiptoes to get a better look. Sure enough, they can see it. Dora & Boots get a piggyback ride on Big Red Chicken. Along the way, they see more happy animals like a bird and the three little piggies rolling in mud. After the piggyback ride with Big Red Chicken, Dora & Boots slid down him and thanked him for the ride. After that, they approach Fishy Lake. Something splashes them and they got all wet which caused Dora & Boots to shrug and wanted to know who splashed them. They see a giant red fish. Boots asked if they can ride across Fishy Lake on his back. The giant red fish said that he was just learning English and is more fluent in Spanish. Dora asked him in Spanish and that the giant red fish was glad to give Dora & Boots a ride on his back. They had to put on life jackets for safety. Dora & Boots climbed on the giant red fish and he swims across Fishy Lake. But then, they saw snakes. Dora & Boots have to know when it's clear by saying the Spanish word "Vamos". They waited up to 3 times and then they say out the Spanish word "Vamos" to the giant red fish. Dora & Boots thanked him for the ride and took off their life jackets offscreen. So far, Dora & Boots went up the Big Red Hill and across Fishy Lake. They were getting close to Play Park. They see Benny and his hot air balloon. Dora & Boots asked Benny for a ride on his balloon to Play Park. Benny would like to but his balloon was out of air. Luckily, Dora has an air pump in her backpack. They get it out and then they heard Swiper. Dora, Boots and Benny stop Swiper by saying "Swiper no swiping" 3 times and he runs away. Benny says that it takes 12 pumps to completely pump up the balloon. It was hard work. The viewer helps them out and together, they pumped the balloon 12 times. After pumping up the balloon with air, Dora puts the pump away in her backpack. Dora, Boots and Benny climbed in and up they went. They saw a rainbow which made them happy. In no time, the balloon took them to Play Park. Once they got there, they see Isa in the sandbox and Tico on the slide. Now it was time to find the things that make Grumpy Old Troll happy. First, they had to find a purple baby petunia flower. They find it right away. Next, they had to find fireworks. Dora, Boots and their friends find fireworks. So far, they found 2 things that make Grumpy Old Troll happy and then they remembered that flying horses also makes him happy. All they had to do is show them all to Grumpy Old Troll. Dora explains that Grumpy Old Troll is far away. They call out to him by saying "Mr. Troll". The viewer calls out with them. Sure enough, Mr. Troll comes down with a small parachute. Dora told Mr. Troll that they found a purple baby petunia flower. Mr. Troll was amazed and it made him happy. They also told him that they found fireworks and it made him very happy. They even showed Mr. Troll the flying horses. Mr. Troll was happier than ever to see all his favorite things that make him so happy. He started doing his own happy dance. Dora, her friends, and the viewer joined in.

Places in this episode

  1. Big Red Hill
  2. Fishy Lake
  3. Play Park



  • Coincidentally, Chris Gifford voices the Grumpy Old Troll and wrote this episode.
  • This is the 6th instance where Grumpy Old Troll makes an appearance.
    • This is also the first time the Grumpy Old Troll is seen away from his bridge (excluding any of his Character Find segments).
  • An alternate version of the Travel Song plays (but it’s called "The Happy Song"). In it, Dora and Boots still say the places, but after that, they don't ask the question "where are we going?", they instead look for things that are happy. At the end, they sing out to the viewer that they all have things that make them happy and that Grumpy Old Troll has things that make him happy.
  • Unlike most episodes with the Travel Song, Boots does not follow Dora while listing the places. Instead, he walks behind her. This also occurred in Egg Hunt and To the Monkey Bars.
  • Dora and Boots had to stop Swiper twice on this episode.
  • Dora and Boots ride on a fish instead of a boat to get across Fishy Lake.
    • The word "Fishy" is also used to describe something suspicious. It also means that one is doubting something.
      • Examples: A scam message from a friend of one's would be fishy to the person who got it. Or "Something looks fishy".
  • The book uses the same episode title seen here.
  • This is the 38th episode of the show.
  • After Dora and Boots sing We Did It!, the Blue Cursor doesn't click on Dora, it instead clicks on Grumpy Old Troll.
  • Only 3 things make Grumpy Old Troll happy: petunia flowers, fireworks and flying horses.
  • The Big Red Hill is Big Red Chicken as the first location Dora and Boots go first and he was the Big Red Hill in the very first Season 1 episode The Legend of the Big Red Chicken and he was the third and final location they went to but in this episode he's the first location.
  • This is the second episode Dora and Boots do the chicken dance just like in The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.
  • When this episode was released on Musical School Days DVD, the Chicken Dance music is different.
  • When Dora mentions about the flute that Boots gave Dora as a present, she might be referring to A Present for Santa (a later episode from this season). It is possible that this episode occurred or produced after the aforementioned episode.


  • While Dora and Boots are riding on the fish past the snakes, they are seen without their lifejackets.
  • After going across fishy lake, Dora still has her life jacket on during the 3 picture pop-up sequence. Her life jacket comes off after the 3 squares disappear.
  • When Dora and Boots are singing We Did It!, Backpack and Map sing the line "We Did It" but Backpack's mouth wasn't moving although her voice is heard, only Map's mouth was moving.


Character Find

Grumpy Old Troll

Dora the Explorer Season 2
The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | The Missing Piece | Rojo the Fire Truck | Lost Squeaky | Doctor Dora | The Golden Explorers | El Día De Las Madres | Lost Map | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | Super Map! | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | A Letter for Swiper | Dora, La Músico | Egg Hunt | Super Spies | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | Whose Birthday is It? | The Lost City | León, the Circus Lion
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