This totally adorbz 11-year-old girl from Queens is about to become one of the world's most recognizable voices: Dora The Explorer.
The sixth grader, who will replace the actress that has played Dora since 2000, is highly qualified. Having appeared in nearly 50 television commercials and a wide-variety of print ads, Fatima is well aquatinted with show biz.
She's also a long-time fan of the Explorer. She says:
“I’ve been watching Dora for as long as I remember, I’ve grown up with Dora. Being the voice of Dora, I can’t even get over it, it’s such an honor.”
Naturally, Fatima is bilingual (cause it'd be so awkward if she wasn't). She has signed a three-year contract with Nickelodeon — which means the public school student will be voicing Dora when she starts high school.
We're sure her paycheck will totes make up for all the Map and Swipper jokes she's sure to encounter over the few years.
Shakira published her first children's book, titled World School Day Adventure, as part of the Dora the Explorer series.
The story follows Dora and her companion Boots as they deliver school supplies to those in need.
Shakira says she wants "the children from all over the world to know that through knowledge and education, one can embark on great adventures." And added, "Dora is an inspiration for all children in the world. It was an honor working with Nickelodeon to write this story as education is a cause very close to my heart."
Paula Allen from Nickelodeon praised Shaki, saying, "Working with Shakira to create an educational and enriching story has been an extraordinary experience."
A percentage of the book's royalties will go to Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children.
Caitlin Sanchez, the young actress who voices Dora in Dora the Explorer has dropped her lawsuit against Nickelodeon after alleging that the network underpaid her and cut her out of lucrative merchandising deals.
Caitlin will finish some future episodes, although the network has declined to say how many.
The network released a statement:
"We have always felt, and continue to feel, that Caitlin is a very talented performer. Our intention was always that Caitlin complete the episodes on which she worked, and we are pleased that she has agreed to do so."
After telling the poor girl that "her voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character," we're surprised that they even decided to let her finish out any future episodes at all!
The lawyer for Dora the Explorer's voice actress, Caitlin Sanchez seems like a total scumbag!
John Balestriere says that his client, Caitlin, was taken advantage of by the network when they refused to pay her a cut of lucrative merchandising deals or residuals after she was fired when her voice changed.
Instead of trying to make a keep things civil, he's resorted to using shady tactics to get Nickelodeon to cave, such as threatening to humiliate the network by exposing some unflattering secrets and allowing Caitlin to go on talk shows and dish out the dirt.
"We're in the right here and are simply focusing now on pushing the case forward and are ready to fight however long we need to," Caitlin's lawyer says.
Nickelodeon fired back with the following:
"The threats made to us by the lawyer are not only totally inappropriate, but it truly saddens us that he would try to use a 14-year-old girl to gain what he believes would be some sort of advantage. Our company prides itself on its honesty and integrity and has nothing to hide. Intimidation tactics will not help in the resolution of this dispute."
What a nasty way to get more money and to use a 14-year-old girl for the ol' bait and switch is even more disgusting! Get a new lawyer, Caitlin!
Earlier today, the mother of the actress who voices Dora the Explorer, Caitlin Sanchez, sent us a press release and audio file in response to what she considered to be an attack on her daughter's reputation by Nickelodeon.
A spokesperson from Nickelodeon has contacted us with their response, which is as follows:
"The conversation in question with the Nickelodeon press department was in specific reference to public and PR appearances. It was clearly not about portraying the voice of the character for the television show. The Nickelodeon statement we released last week is unquestionably accurate."
For those who haven't seen it, here's the statement that Nickelodeon released last week:
"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."
Looks like both sides are standing firm with their positions. Guess we'll see how this progresses.
Have U chosen a side yet? Are U on Team Dora or Team Nickelodeon?
Check out the following press release, which was sent to us by the mother of actress who voices Dora the Explorer, Caitlin Sanchez.
Basically, they're calling Nickelodeon a bunch of liars and they want some $$$$$!
October 12th, 2010
Member of the Press:
Caitlin Sanchez and her parents, in response to Nickelodeon’s public statement last week on October 7th, 2010 in reference to the lawsuit that they were forced to file against Viacom and its subsidiaries, would like to release the following audio file that captures Nickelodeon’s own Jodi Davis (Vice President of Communications, Nickelodeon) explaining to Hilda Sanchez (Caitlin’s mother) that Nickelodeon wants Caitlin to be the face and voice of Dora for the next 2 years. This is in total contradiction to their public statement that implied that Nickelodeon “dropped” Caitlin as Dora because her voice had changed and she was no longer able to portray the character, when in actuality, Nickelodeon wanted Caitlin to continue to portray the Dora character through June of 2012. In fact, Nickelodeon’s other public statement stated that they “did in fact offer Caitlin a contract for other work with them”, is another egregious lie. The only other work Nickelodeon had ever contractually offer Caitlin was another two-year, exclusive contract to portray Dora the Explorer through June of 2012.
This conversation was captured on July 13th, 2010. This audio file will expose Nickelodeon’s public statement as an egregious lie perpetuated by their own representatives in an attempt to damage the reputation and discredit the claims of 14 year old Caitlin Sanchez, voice of Dora the Explorer.
Caitlin Sanchez would like to express the fact that she last recorded as Dora on September 30th, 2010. So obviously, Nickelodeon had no problems with Caitlin’s voice or ability to portray the Dora character.
Caitlin Sanchez and family
Check out the audio file (above) which Caitlin Sanchez's family references in the press release. Assuming it's all legit, it certainly seems to coincide with everything written in the document. Nickelodeon COULD be in some trouble.