The Happy Old Troll
The Happy Old Troll
Airdate September 20, 2002
Season 2
Episode 12
Written by Chris Gifford
Previous The Big Piñata
Next Super Map!
The Happy Old Troll is the 12th episode of Dora the Explorer from season 2.

Characters present


Dora & Boots help a Grumpy Old Troll find things that make him happy.


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 but there were a couple of things that made him happy like a purple baby petunia flower, fireworks and flying horses. Dora & Boots thought that if they found all those things. Grumpy Old Troll 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. Map gets so happy when Dora and Boots need his help. Map knows where Dora & Boots have to go to find what makes Grumpy Old Troll happy. He says that they have to go to Play Park. Before they can go there, they have to go over the big red hill, across Fishy Lake to get to Play Park. Dora & Boots got going and saw some happy animals like kittens and a dog. After that, they hear Swiper. Dora & Boots stop Swiper by saying "Swiper no swiping" 3 times and he runs away. Dora puts her happy box into her Backpack for safe keeping. Dora & 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 see it better. Sure enough, Fishy Lake was found. Dora & Boots get a piggyback ride on Big Red Chicken. Along the way, they see more happy animals like a bird and pigs rolling in mud. After a piggyback ride with Big Red Chicken, Dora & Boots get off of him and thanked him for the ride. After that, they approach Fishy Lake. A giant fish splashes them 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 safe to go 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. Dora & Boots were getting close to Play Park. They see Benny and his balloon. Dora & Boots wanted a ride in Benny's balloon to Play Park. Benny would like to but his balloon was out of air. Dora checks her backpack for a pump. They get out the pump 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 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. They had to find a purple baby petunia flower. They find it right away. Next, they had to find fireworks. Dora, Boots and 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 by saying "Mr. Troll". The viewer calls out with them. 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 so happy to see his favorite things that make him happy. He started doing his own happy dance. Dora and her friends joined in. And that was how Mr. Troll knew that there were some things that made him happy.

Places in episode

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



  • This is the 6th time where Dora and Boots see Grumpy Old Troll.
  • An alternate version of The Travel Song plays. In this song, Dora & Boots look for things that are happy. Then 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.
  • Dora and Boots had to stop Swiper twice on this episode.
  • Dora & Boots ride on a fish.
  • The book uses the same episode title seen here.
  • This is the 38th episode of the show.
  • Coincidentally, Chris Gifford voiced the Grumpy Old Troll and wrote this episode.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing "The Happy Song".
  • 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, the 3 things are flowers, fireworks and flying horses.
  • The Big Red Hill is Big Red Chicken as the first place 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 last place they went to but in this episode he's the first place.
  • This is the second episode Dora and Boots do the chicken dance just like in The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.


  • After they have gone to fishy lake, Dora still has her life jacket on while she points to each place. Her life jacket comes off after the 3 squares disappear.
  • When Dora and Boots are singing We Did It!, Backpack and Map say the word "We Did It" but Backpack's mouth wasn't moving even though 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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