Whoa, Momma! discusses new tween Dora the Explorer on CNN's "American Morning"
Hey, CNN's American Morning correspondent Carol Costello did a feature this morning on the new tween Dora the Explorer due out in the fall and yours truly got to chat about it. (Okay, I was on the air for about 10 seconds -- but I was on!) I wrote this blog about a month ago on the subject.
Here is what all the fuss is about: Mommas are worried that the new tween version of the lovable 5 year old will be a little crazier about fashion and boys than she is about solving mysteries and hanging with her BFF Boots. In fact, there's been no mention of where poor Boots will wind up when Dora heads off to middle school in the big city.
What has some folks in the blogoshpere up in arms (and sending petitions to Nickelodeon and Mattel, which will make the new interactives and dolls), is that Dora has legs and long flowing hair, not the boxy shape and M-shaped hair of her toddler years.
For their part, Nick and Mattel say that they are listening to the complaints and want parents -- and their 5 years and up daughters -- to be comfortable with the Dora Explorer Girls line, as it will be known. They probably would have done themselves a world of good by not using the silhouette, which has just invited all kinds of interesting thoughts about what she might look like and what she's wearing.
We're all going to have to wait because the new line won't be out until fall. Stay tuned.
-- Sherry Robinson