Dora The Explorer is famous for telling the sneaky fox, Swiper, on her show to keep his hands off things that aren’t his. Not one episode goes by without her saying, “Swiper, no swiping!”, at least a few times.
It’s kind of ironic that Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora, along with her parents, is now claiming that they were cheated out of millions of dollars by the network after signing a contract that they didn’t understand.
If they thought it was confusing and didn’t understand it, then why did they even sign it?
The suit also claims that Caitlin was not paid for hours of recordings, and that she was underpaid as far as compensation goes. It also states that she was only given a $40 a day as a travel allowance while she was promoting the show.
Caitlin Sanchez’s lawyer, John Balestriere, estimates that she was cheated out of “millions, perhaps tens of millions” of dollars after her family only had 22 minutes to read her contract and were forced to sign it.
Of the contract, Balestriere says, “I’ve never seen as convoluted and inscrutable contract as I’ve seen here.”
David Bittler, who is a spokesperson for Nickelodeon, says Sanchez’s claims are “baseless” and issued the following statement regarding the suit:
“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.”