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Friday, October 8, 2010

Dora the Explorer- Not Innocent as She Is

   My kids Juwella and Hannah love this cartoon character. When our Television set was still connected to Parasat Cable TV, they knew pretty well the time slot of Dora. Nobody can tune the TV to another channel. They also like to collect novelty items that show case Dora. They really love it. My kids are only among the million fans of this what they called "innocent girl with back-packs.
   Yet they do not know what is behind Dora's back pack.  She is not innocent as she is as I read this on the Yahoo News:
'Dora the Explorer' (Nickelodeon/courtesy Everett Collection)

Teen "Dora The Explorer" Voice Sues Nickelodeon

     A teenager who gave voice to the spunky heroine of Nickelodeon's "Dora The Explorer" says the network cheated her out of millions of dollars by underpaying her for work on the groundbreaking children's cartoon series.

Caitlin Sanchez, 14, didn't get the fees she was due for reruns, recordings for DVDs and other Dora products and hundreds of hours of promotional work, she and her family said in a lawsuit filed against Nickelodeon and its corporate parents.

"They took advantage of her," her lawyer, John Balestriere, said Thursday.

Nickelodeon said Caitlin's claims were baseless, and her contract was extensively negotiated.

"She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances," network spokesman David Bittler said.

"Dora The Explorer," now in its 10th year, has become a cartoon icon and a cultural force. 
While she made $5,115 per episode, she wasn't paid or was grossly undercompensated for at least 160 extra hours of recording work, and at least 400 hours of promotions, marketing and interviews, her lawsuit said. While traveling the country to talk up the show, she got only $40 a day, it said.

She also wasn't paid her due share of profits from Dora merchandise and her residuals, or rerun fees, for at least 325 airings of her "Dora" episodes - even as Nickelodeon executives told her she'd played a big role in the show's success, according to her lawsuit. One said there had never been "a more high-profile face to a voice," the lawsuit said. 
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  1. Well, it could easily be true as the motion picture industry (and we'll include animated movies and shows under that umbrella) often underpaid child stars in the past.
    My niece, granddaughter and grandniece have long loved Dora and it would be very sad to think something like this happened.
    I might be able to find out somthing about it, but I can't promise.

  2. hi there! thanks for the comment! is this really true?? my son loves dora and dora has been my constant "help" here in the house. when i have to do the chores, i let my son watch dora and in return my son learns. but anyway, i hope this is not really true, they (network) would be like hypocrites if it is. so sad to know this. by the way, care to exchange links? have a happy new week ahead!