But Chris Gifford often finds his creation has beaten him to the punch.
Gifford, who created the popular childrens TV character Dora, says every year he and a staff of writers and producers visit a Latin American country in order to get inspiration.
The crew visits small towns and cities that are off the beaten path, however, Gifford admits no matter how small the town, theres usually some proof that Dora has already been there.
As he puts it, We were in a small village in Ecuador that looked like practically desolate and...there was Dora.
Gifford had better get used to running into Dora. Not only is a road show based on the cartoon still touring, but hes just released a new CD, Dora The Explorer Dance Fiesta, featuring collaborations with Carlos Santana and Los Lonely Boys.
In addition, a new one-hour special, Doras Dance To The Rescue, will debut Nov. 11 on Nick Jr.
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