Go, Dog, Go

Go, Diego, Go!

Go, Diego, Go!, an animated series for preschool-aged children, is a spin-off of Dora the Explorer. The show premiered on September 6, 2005 on Nickelodeon. It also aired as part of the Nick Jr. on CBS block from September 17, 2005 to September 16, 2006. On December 20, 2006 Nick Jr. announced that it had ordered twenty new episodes that were in production. Since April 2008, the show has been dubbed into Spanish and airs in the USA on Univision as part of their Planeta U block.

Setting

The show features a little boy, Diego Márquez (voiced by child actor Jake Toranzo-Szymanski - credited in newer episodes as Jake T. Austin), who helps animals in danger, mainly in the rainforest. His cousin is Dora from Dora the Explorer, as revealed in the two shows. He has a jaguar companion named "Baby Jaguar" who assists him on adventures. Thomas Sharkey is the voice of Baby Jaguar, who is also the singing voice of Austin in the Backyardigans. Baby Jaguar also appears in Dora the Explorer, but on Go, Diego, Go! he takes a more active role which includes being able to speak. It's unknown whether Diego's parents let him keep Baby Jaguar as a pet or Baby Jaguar adopted Diego. Diego is also very ticklish, which is revealed in "Diego Saves Baby River Dolphin".

Diego is Dora's older cousin; Dora makes several guest appearances in the series, usually without Boots. Diego's 11-year-old sister, Alicia (voiced by child actress Serena Kerrigan), is a computer whiz and also bilingual; she directs the animal rescue calls that come into the center. She also assists Diego in helping the animals they love. Alicia is responsible and kind-hearted, and always kind to her little brother. Diego's parents are described as animal scientists; they appear in several episodes but their names are yet to be given. There's one unknown thing of Dora and Diego. Dora's dad and Diego's dad are brothers. There is also one other older sister, Daisy, which makes Alicia a middle child, who only appears in "The Bobo's Mother's Day!" with Diego stating that she is home from college.

In most episodes, Diego hears an animal's cry for help at his rainforest Animal Rescue Center. With help from his friends, gadgets, and viewers at home, he sets out to rescue the animal.

Other characters include Click (voiced by Rosie Perez), a camera that locates the animal calling for help; Rescue Pack, a messenger bag Diego wears that can transform into any object; and the Bobo Brothers, two troublesome spider monkeys. The Bobo Brothers can be stopped by shouting "Freeze Bobos!" and Diego often encourages viewers to help him stop them by shouting it. While they might be compared to Swiper from Dora, they don't cause trouble for Diego on purpose, and apologise after doing so.

There are a few recurring animal friends that are normally rescued by Diego in their first appearance but appear later to return the favor and help Diego out, the most common of these is Linda the Llama who has appeared prominently in four episodes and made a cameo appearance in "Three Little Condors". Just like Dora the Explorer, the show teaches preschool-age children the Spanish language. However, the show takes a lesser approach to this and focuses more on the teaching of various animals.

Diego is featured in a one-hour episode titled "The Great Dinosaur Rescue" where he, Alicia, Dora, and Baby Jaguar go back in time to save a dinosaur; Nick Jr. has yet to show this episode. However it was featured on Nick Jr. Australia in August 2007 and has had several re-runs as half hour segments. Two additional one-hour episodes are in production.

Diego also will be starring in a live show called "The Great Jaguar Rescue" where he must save Baby Jaguar, this is also the premise of an episode of the show which aired on January 15, 2007 and was released on DVD on January 16, 2007.

In each episode of Go, Diego, Go! there are several songs and uses of Spanish vocabulary.

Whenever a carnivorous predator (anacondas) is featured on the show, their diet is not mentioned, unlike when herbivores are shown (such as marmosets). Two notable exceptions to this is when an octopus helping Diego is explicitly shown and discussed eating live crabs, the crabs however are not anthropomorphised in the same way that other creatures typically are in the series, and when a river dolphin eats the crabs heading toward a waterfall. Whenever a featured animal is threatened by a predator, the prey is described as being "afraid" of the predator.

Episodes

Season 1: 2005-2006

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Season 2: 2006-2007

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Season 3: 2007-2008

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DVD

  • Go, Diego, Go!: The Great Dinosaur Rescue: Episodes "The Great Dinosaur Rescue", "Diego Saves the Humpback Whale", "Rescue the Red-Eyed Tree Frogs"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Wolf Pup Rescue: Episodes "Diego's Wolf Pup Rescue", "A Booboo on the Pygmy Marmoset", "Diego Saves Mommy and Baby Sloth", "Three Little Condors"
  • Go Wonder Pets Go! The Diego/Wonder Pets Special: Diego episodes "Baby Jaguar To The Rescue", "An Underwater Mystery", with bonus Wonder Pets episodes "Save the Chameleon", and "Save the Dragon"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves Christmas: Episodes "Diego Saves Christmas", "Pepito's Penguin School", "A Blue Morpho Butterfly is Born", "Save the Sea Turtles"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: The Great Jaguar Rescue: Episodes "The Great Jaguar Rescue (Baby Jaguar's Lost Growl)", "Little Kinkajou Is in Beehive Trouble!", "The Mommy Macaw", "Chinta the Baby Chinchilla"
  • Go Diego Go!: Underwater Mystery: Episodes "Underwater Mystery (Lucy The Whale Shark)", "Diego Saves the River Dolphin", "Journey to Jaguar Mountain", "Chito and Rita the Spectacled Bears"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: The Iguana Sing Along: Episodes "The Iguana Sing Along (Iggy the Iguana)", "Diego and Alicia Save the Otters", "Linda the Librarian", "Cool Water for Ana the Anaconda"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Ready Set Go!: Episodes "Rainforest Race (Armadillo's Rainforest Race)", "The Great Roadrunner Race", "The Tapir's Trip Home", "Baby Jaguar To The Rescue"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue: Episodes "Diego's Safari Rescue", "Panchita Prairie Dog Finds a New Prairie", "Jorge The Little Hawk Learns To Migrate"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Diego's Magical Missions: Episodes "Kicho's Magic Flute!", "Green Iguana Helps Abuelito Plant a New Strawberry Farm!", "Diego and Baby Humpback to the Rescue!", "Giant Octopus to the Rescue!"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Moonlight Rescue: Episodes "Tuga Helps the Moon", "Rainforest Rhapsody", "Rhea is an Animal Rescuer"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Great Gorilla!: Episodes "Gorilla Fun", "Save the Giant Tortoises!", "Egyptian Camel Adventure", "Super Flying Squirrel to the Rescue!"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: The Great Dinosaur Race: Episodes "Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!", "Alicia Saves the Crocodiles!", "Diego and Dora Help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival", "Manatee's Mermaid Rescue!"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Diego's Halloween: Episodes TBA (to be released 08-26-2008)

Controversy

In early 2008, a 4 year-old, Paige Brown, from Folkestone, Kent, UK, accidentally hung herself with an elastic hair tie while trying to imitate riding a zip-line in a harness as done by Diego/Dora series' characters.

Broadcast history

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