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Dora the Explorer's voice sues Nickelodeon

Publicity shot from recent seasons.
Publicity shot from recent seasons.
Copyright Nickelodeon Studios.

The former voice of Dora the Explorer claims she received Big Red Chicken feed for her work on two seasons of the series. On October 6, Caitlin Sanchez filed a 41-page complaint in Manhattan Supreme Court against Nickelodeon, Viacom, and Nickelodeon Networks. She claims the contract they signed her to was "bizarre, impenetrable, unconscionable".

She's seeking USD$7 million.

Sanchez feels that she wasn't receiving enough, given the merchandise, re-runs, promotional work, and recording overtime involved. She apparently was obliged to do 100 Dora promo events without pay, except a $40 daily per diem. Nickelodeon says this was for incidental expenses, and that she received first class hotels, air travel, and ground travel.

Nickelodeon reps allegedly pressured her parents into signing a $5115 an episode contract, half-an-hour after first seeing it, without giving time to consult with lawyers.

The company replied in a statement, saying she was "well-compensated" for both work and personal appearances, and that her voice changed soon after casting. Her lawyers say she isn't wanting her job back, just

14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez voiced Dora from 2008 to 2010, after winning an audition of 600 girls who tried out for the part. She received 2009 and 2010 NAACP Image Award nominations, and nominations for the Imagen Foundation Award in 2009.

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