Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora The Explorer, has filed a law suit along with her parents against Nickelodeon claiming that the network cheated her out of millions of dollars. According to her attorney, John Balestriere, Caitlin and her family were pressured into signing a contract that they did not understand.
I just can’t seem to quit asking myself why they would sign a contract if they didn’t fully comprehend what they were agreeing to.
The lawsuit claims that Caitlin was not paid for hours of recordings, was underpaid for her efforts, and was given a minimal travel allowance of only $40 a day for appearances while promoting the show. Hmm…something tells me that the $40 was most likely for incidentals while she traveled. Would a network as big as Nickelodeon really go cheap on Dora The Explorer? I think not.
A statement issued by Nickelodeon spokesperson, David Bittler, said, “Unfortunately, Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role. Caitlin’s contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union. She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances. We have enjoyed working with Caitlin on Dora the Explorer these past three years, and we did in fact offer her a contract for other work with us.”
It sounds to me like this is a classic case of a young girl and her parents being disgruntled that Dora The Explorer, (a.k.a. their meal ticket) was ready to move on to another voice than Caitlin Sanchez. Caitlin is 14-years old, and Dora’s character can’t be more than six or seven. How is Dora supposed to sound authentic as a kid if a teenager is behind her voice?