By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 14, 2008
This September, voice actress Caitlin Sanchez, took on the role of Dora the Explorer.
Have you noticed any differences?
It's now been 1 month since a new "Dora" voice has been gracing broadcast television and DVDs.
Season five of "Dora the Explorer" premiered on Monday, September 15, at 10:30 a.m.
Kathleen Herles (click on her name to watch an interview on YouTube), the original voice of Dora, graduated from high school and subsequently outgrew her role. Talented newcomer Caitlin Sanchez, 12, was cast to replace Herles on the bilingual educational cartoon series to maintain a youthful continuum from Dora to Dora, in English and in Spanish.
While it's obvious that child voice actors do grow up and sometimes their roles need to be re-cast (it's happened on Arthur for the title role, too), how consistent are the voice overs and does it make a smidgen of difference?
For those of you who have watched the program or have young children who do, you may have picked up on subtle vocal and performance disparities that differentiate the two voice actresses.
I personally have not yet had the chance to compare the two and listen to the voice match but am looking forward to an opportunity to do so.
One parent, Ramon Ng, shares, "My daughter owns all of Dora's videos, she has autism. Dora has been a big part of her life (since she was 2 years old). We got her the new Dora Saves the Snow Princess and she is not as excited about the new video, she definitely feels that there are some changes."
From another perspective, Elissa Sullivan, noted, "We did notice the new voices. Our child did not, but we did. I feel a little sad about it."
Leave a comment with your thoughts. Also if you know of a video online where we can compare the Dora voices, please include the link as I've yet to discover one :)
Looking forward to hearing from you,
StephanieRelated Topics: Caitlin Sanchez, cartoon, cartoons, child, Dora, Dora the Explorer, High School, Kathleen Herles, New York, TV, voice acting, voice overs, YouTube