I must admit that I am usually not the first to review a Dora DVD, mainly because I find her usual format a little boring and repetitive. However, this one intrigued me because Dora was attmpting something she never had before: time travel. And, seeing as how "A Christmas Carol" is one of my favorite stories, I decided to check this out. I was pleased to discover that the creators had raised the bar considerable for this holiday outing.
As we join Dora and her friends for their Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) bash, Swiper arrives to do what he does best: take everything away. Santa arrives to stop him--and also to tell him he's landed himself on the naughty list. Dora, moved by Swiper's plight, offers to get him back on Santa's good side. Using magical "travel capes" they journey into the past and future to see if Swiper can learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will they succeed, or will Swiper remain presentless?
What I like about this episode is that it breaks from the traditional Dora mold. For example, Map does not plot the route that Dora must take (though he does help in another way during the journey), and they don't repeat the same thing incessantly. For fans of Dora these things might or might not be a turn-off, but if your preschooler can take a change of pace, they will find the most well-crafted Dora special I've seen in a long time. It's definitely a DVD to look at.