The Legend of the Big Red Chicken (or simply just "The Big Red Chicken") is the first episode ever of Dora the Explorer from Season 1, as well as the series premiere.
Dora and Boots set out in search of the "Big Red Chicken" after reading a story about him to find out if he is real.
The series premiere opens with Dora introducing herself to the viewer, and then asks the viewer what his/her name is and how old. Then, Dora though his/her age is big and asks "guess what?" to him/her and then she said that it is storytime. Dora and Boots settle down and read a picture book. First, they had to get it out from Backpack. She explained that the kind of book Dora and Boots wanted to read was a big red book. A blue cursor hovers around different books of different colors and sizes while Backpack keeps asking “Is this a red book?” to the viewer. It finds a big green book, small purple book, and small red book and a big red book. After finding the big red book, Dora can now read it to Boots. Dora opens the book, titled "The Legend of the Big Red Chicken." Dora starts reading. The story started with a little red chicken who lived on the big red hill. The little red chicken was very little, so little that he could not run as fast as his friends and had to watch out or could get stepped on, which leads him to not like his own size. When night fell, the little red chicken saw a group of stars shaped like a big chicken, wishing that he wanted to be big. When he woke up, he had grown to be a big chicken who was as big as a house. Big Red Chicken did his own chicken dance by flapping his arms and stamping his feet. Boots then tells Dora that he wants to find the big red chicken, but Dora is convinced that the story is just a story and is not real.
They then set out in search of the Big Red Hill so that Boots can see the Big Red Chicken. Boots wondered where the big red chicken was. Dora reminds Boots that they can find him on the big red hill. Dora and Boots check Map for directions on how to get there. The map tells them that they had to go across the puzzle bridge, through the gate to get to the big red hill to find the big red chicken. Dora and Boots got going and then Boots scampers up a tree and gets out a banana for himself and one for Dora. After that, they heard Swiper. Dora does not want Swiper to swipe their bananas. They keep a sharp lookout. Dora and Boots find Swiper and said "Swiper no Swiping" 3 times. Swiper snaps his fingers, says “Oh Man”, and runs away. After their banana snack, they threw the peels away in the waste bin. Boots still wonders if the Big Red Chicken will be at the big red hill. Dora hopes so and asks the viewer for predictions. After that, they got going until they reached to the puzzle bridge. They were about to go across when they saw some pieces missing. The missing pieces for the puzzle bridge were down in the water. Suddenly, they see a toucan. Dora tells the viewer that his name was Señor Tucán. Boots tries to ask in English but did not understand. Dora explained to Boots that Señor Tucán speaks Spanish. Dora asks in Spanish and Señor Tucán replies "Sí" for yes. Dora teaches the viewer 2 Spanish words that will help them fix the puzzle bridge. The Spanish words were "Grande" for big and "Pequeño" for little. The viewer tells Señor Tucán "Grande" for the first hole, "Pequeño" for the second hole and "Grande" for the third hole. After fixing the bridge, Dora and Boots slowly go across and thanked Señor Tucán for fixing the puzzle bridge for them and said goodbye to Señor Tucán.
Dora and Boots continue down the winding path until they reached the gate. Boots tried to open the gate but it was locked. Dora and Boots stopped and had a thought. The gate was locked and wondered what they should use to open a lock, and Boots knew the answer which was a key. Sure enough, there was a key hanging on a hook. Dora picks it up. Dora counts out the points on the lock and it had 4 points. She then counted the points on the key and there was four. Boots wanted to try opening the lock. It was heavy but managed to get the key into the lock. They were about to open the lock on the gate when Swiper returns for some vengeance, sneaks up behind Dora and Boots and swipes the key. He then throws it in the pile of keys and runs away. Dora told Boots not to worry and are determined to find the key. All they knew is it was big and had 4 points. Dora and Boots decided to count the points on the keys until they find the right one. After multiple attempts, they finally find a key that had four points. They put the key into the lock. Boots struggles with the key but then it starts turning around slowly. After the key turned around in a complete circle, the lock opened and then Dora and Boots go through the gate.
So far, Dora and Boots went over the bridge and through the gate. They were getting closer to figuring out if the Big Red Chicken was still at the big red hill. Dora and Boots held hands and started walking up the hill saying "I hope he's there" many times. The viewer joins in. After Dora and Boots got to the top, they did not see him. Dora had an idea, the big red chicken loves the chicken dance. Boots joins in and together they start the chicken dance by flapping their arms. Dora encouraged the viewer to join in by standing up for the next part. Now, they had to stamp their feet and flap their arms at the same time. Then, they said "cluck-cluck-cluck". But as they were still doing the chicken dance the big red hill moves. Dora and Boots realized the big red hill was really the big red chicken. They soon realize that it is not just a story, but that the Big Red Chicken is indeed real. Dora and Boots introduced themselves to Big Red Chicken. Boots remembered that he saw him in the big red book. Big Red Chicken was glad to meet Dora and Boots. Soon after celebrating, Boots talks about his favorite part and Dora talks about her favorite part. Dora says "Thanks for helping!" as the episode ends.
Places in this episode
Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top)
This episode doesn't air on television anymore. However, it is available on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Yidio, and iTunes.
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