Two things I didn't think I'd be writing this week: there's a live-action film about Dora the Explorer. Second thing: it actually looks ... OK? Maybe even fun?
It's called Dora and the Lost City of Gold. And if the thought of paying money to see a film based on Dora the Explorer sounds questionable, I hear you. The movie's being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes studio. Danny Trejo is voicing a monkey in the damn thing.
My expectations for the trailer before clicking were lower than zero, partially because I've seen what happened when the words Transformers and Michael Bay ended up in a poster. And while I wouldn't be placing Dora into "must see" status after the below trailer, it looks alright. The best way to describe it is probably as the most palatable family-friendly movie you can imagine Hollywood making. College Humor's take on Dora was miles better, though.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits Australian theatres on September 19, six weeks after its launch in the United States. I'm betting families will see far, far worse movies this year. And while we're bringing iconic characters to life, maybe Netflix can hurry up with that live-action feature for Carmen Sandiego.