Doc McStuffins is an animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was created and executive produced by Chris Nee and premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends. It features songs written and composed by Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis.
The series received positive reviews due to the show's concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African-Americans in a Disney series. Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers".
The series chronicles a girl named Dottie "Doc" McStuffins who decides she wants to become a doctor like her mother. She pretends to be a doctor by fixing toys and dolls. When she puts on her stethoscope, toys, dolls, and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with them. With help from her stuffed animal friends â" Stuffy the Dragon, Hallie the Hippo, Lambie the Lamb, and Chilly the Snowman â" Doc helps toys "feel better" by giving them check-ups and diagnosing their illnesses with "The Big Book of Boo Boos". Each 11-minute episode includes original songs. During ending credits in Season 1, Doc gives advice to viewers about staying healthy. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 have the original intro for the theme song.
- Kiara Muhammad as Dottie (Doc) McStuffins, the main protagonist of the series.
- Robbie Rist as Stuffy, a blue stuffed dragon who is the bravest, yet clumsiest dragon around but has a terrifying fear of spiders.
- Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, a stuffed lamb in a pink tutu who loves to give out cuddles and supporting character Arcade Worker, a human character who works at Archie's Arcade and Witch Hazel.
- Jess Harnell as Chilly, a stuffed snowman who worries about almost everything, and supporting characters Buddy, the Singing Turtle on the Plaque, the Halloween Bat decoration, Morton, Rodriguez the Foosball Player, Bozini the Foosball Goaltender, Fabulous Fabio, the Wicked King, and the Dude.
- Loretta Devine as Hallie, a stuffed hippo in a candy striped nurse's outfit, and supporting character Hattie, the Nurse and Receptionist at the clinic where Myiesha McStuffins works.
- Kimberly Brooks (also credited as Kim Brooks and Kimberly D. Brooks) as Dr. Myiesha McStuffins, Doc and Donny's mother, and supporting character Surfer Girl.
- Gary Anthony Williams as Marcus McStuffins, Doc and Donny's father.
- Jaydon Betts, Sayeed Shahidi, and later Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins, Doc's little brother.
Season 1 (2012â"13)
Season 2 (2013â"14)
Season 3 (2014â"15)
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In the United States, Doc McStuffins first premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney-ABC networks Disney Channel and Disney Junior. On June 5, 2012, Disney Junior renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 6, 2013. On January 8, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on November 2, 2014.
In Canada, the show started airing on the Canadian Disney Junior channel on April 8, 2012. The show also is aired in many foreign countries and has been dubbed into several languages.
Guest stars and additional voices
The series received positive reviews and criticisms after its release. Kia Morgan Smith of Cincomom.com said that "It truly warmed my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes when my 8-year-old, Mikaela, saw âDoc McStuffinsâ for the first time and said, 'Wow, mommy â" sheâs brown,'" Myiesha Taylor of CoilyEmbrace.com said that "This program featuring a little African-American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation." Taylor also applauded the concept of its portrayal of a young black girl who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her mother as a doctor as the lead character, that inspired her to collect pictures of 131 doctors â" all women of color â" and publish a collage online under the heading, 'We Are Doc McStuffins.'"
The program is also a ratings hit on Disney Junior. The series premiere attracted 1.08 million children ages 2 to 5, and the show has attracted an average of 918,000 viewers in the same demographic, leading AdWeek magazine to dub the show an "improbable ratings juggernaut".
In 2013, $500 million worth of Doc McStuffins merchandise was sold, something industry experts said was likely a record for an African-American character. They also said the character had broad appeal and the toys sold well to all demographics.
- Official website
- Doc McStuffins at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Doc McStuffins at the Internet Movie Database