Voice of Dora vs. Nickelodeon
If you have kids in your life one way or another you may be all too familiar with the popular cartoon on Nickelodeon â€˜Dora the Explorerâ€™ â€“ itâ€™s like an empire all on its own, worth billions! But as far as the sweet little voice behind â€˜Doraâ€™, the â€˜Doraâ€™ empire has turned sour and quite possibly dishonest in regards to contractual issues.
The famous voice behind â€˜Doraâ€™ was Caitlin Sanchez, 14, who was â€˜Doraâ€™sâ€™ second voice (the first girl matured). Caitlin was hired at the age of 12, but a couple years have passed and unfortunately her voice has changed in such a way that she can no longer play the voice of â€˜Doraâ€™.
So whatâ€™s the beef? Apparently, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Caitlin signed an â€œunconscionableâ€ contract, was given a 22-minute window to make a decision and sign, and the contract did not receive review of an attorney nor was it submitted to court for approval due to Caitlin being a minor.
Now that Caitlin is no longer â€˜Doraâ€™sâ€™ voice, her compensation for reruns, merchandise and past work has not been provided as previously promised. All the lost compensations until this point add up to millions of dollars.
Attorney Joel Hecker for Russo & Burke in New York thinks Nickelodeon acted â€œunprofessionalâ€ by not submitting the contract to the courts for approval. Normally minors that sign contracts are submitted to court and in turn if the contract is disputed, itâ€™s the contract that gets the upper hand.
This is what Nickelodeonâ€™s statement release was towards Caitlinâ€™s lawsuit:
“The claims being made are baseless. 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.”
Either Nickelodeon is being stingy with their money and is trying to take advantage of a minor, or Caitlin is upset that her run with â€˜Doraâ€™ was cut so short. â€˜Dora the Explorerâ€™ makes billions, thereâ€™s no need to cut corners in a case like this. If Caitlin is entitled money for reruns, merchandise and past work, then pay up Nick.