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Review: Dora The Explorer Live! New Theatre, Cardiff

Being a father brings with it many responsibilities, not least sitting through an endless procession of children’s shows where the emphasis is on the bright, the brash and the bold.

In terms of iridescence Dora The Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys sat somewhere way beyond the colour swatch chart with it’s cast full of larger-than-life characters – including Boots the Monkey, Isa the Iguana, Tico the Squirrel, Benny the Bull, a talking back pack and Swiper the (kleptomaniac) Fox.

And as for noise levels, the anticipation before the arrival of the eponymous heroine surely matched anything this primary age crowd’s older sisters could have mustered at a One Direction concert.

Simply put everyone here, including the mums and dads, who screamed out in unison with their little ones, adored Dora The Explorer.

The Hispanic superstar, with a penchant for quests in the great outdoors, ranks alongside animated royalty Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse in the children’s popularity stakes.

She first rose to popularity in 2000 when the series was first aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network and as anyone with a child and an empty bank balance will attest, licensing is big business.

So the live show was the obvious natural extension from the millions already raked in by branded toys and merchandise.

Dora The Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys, did what its titled suggest – took Dora and her pals on a quest to rescue their lost toys, including Dora’s teddy bear, from the aforementioned magical city before Swiper the Fox could half inch their favourite items.

During an 80 minute (two 40 minute acts) romp through a jungle full of assorted animals, a pyramid full of numbers and a lost city full of toys, the show was a visual feast and whizzed by as quickly as a squirrel on a skateboard.

It was also a veritable assault on both the eye and ears, as the cast got the crowd involved through the aid of call and response, lots of singing and plenty of dancing.

The young audience responded in kind and if the constant ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the little ones was any measure they loved what was laid before them.

And you didn’t need any further exploration to work that out.

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