Voiceover stars on the Mexican version of US cartoon series The Simpsons have boycotted the show over a cost-cutting casting row.

The voices for the Mexican speaking Simpson family went on strike yesterday (23FEB05) amid accusations the dubbing company wants to cast cheaper actors from outside their union, the NATIONAL ACTORS ASSOCIATION.

Disgruntled actors - who are campaigning for better pay deals - formed a blockade around the offices of GRABACIONES Y DOBLAJES INTERNATIONALES, and refused to let non-union stars pass through.

PATRICIA ACEVEDO, the Mexican voice of Simpson daughter LISA, says, "For now we have to keep up the strike there."

Recording - which was scheduled to begin in January (05) - has yet to commence on the latest episodes, because bosses are refusing to entertain the pay demands of their employees.

24/02/2005 17:36