Friday Night Movies
Dora the Explorer is getting a major makeover this fall when Mattel releases a new tweenage doll. Don't worry–she's not replacing the cartoon Dora that your little kids know and love from the popular Nickelodeon TV show. The idea is to age her up a bit so that her preschool fans can grow with her. There was some early outrage that the company was "sexing" her up. But I actually got a sneak peek of the doll last month, and I wasn't put-off by her new appearance at all–and I'm very sensitive to sexy products marketed to young girls (Good riddance, Bratz!) What I am wondering about, though, is her ability to appeal to an older audience, even with the revamped look. Most kids are over the show by the time they're 5 and already branching out to what's considered cool with the 6- to 9-year-old set. I'm just not sure they'd want to stick with something that is largely associated with little children. What do you think: Will your kid be interested in the new Dora? Or will she by ready to move on?
The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week (For-a-Good-Laugh Edition):