Dora the Explorer Sues Nickelodeon

Caitlin Sanchez says she was cheated out of millions
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2010 9:00 AM CDT
In this undated publicity image released by Nickelodeon, Caitlin Sanchez, the voice for the animated character Dora, from "Dora The Explorer" is shown.   (AP Photo/Nickelodeon)
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(Newser) – Did Nickelodeon cheat Dora the Explorer? Caitlin Sanchez, the 14-year-old who voiced the Nickelodeon cartoon character, says it did. She's suing the network for exploiting her by way of a “bizarre, impenetrable, unconscionable” contract and for failing to adequately compensate her to the tune of millions, the New York Daily News reports. Sanchez claims she worked more than 100 events promoting the $11 million Dora brand for free, and had to spend her own money to cover her expenses while traveling across the country since she was only given a $40 per diem.

Nickelodeon shot back with a statement that “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,” but Sanchez’s lawyer points out, “We are not suing because they claim her voice changed. She is not suing to stay on as Dora.” Click here for more.

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