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July 9, 2016

Fans take to Twitter to ask Disney Junior to renew 'Doc McStuffins'

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A popular Disney Junior television show has not yet been renewed, and fans are so concerned they have taken to social media to tell the Disney Channel network how they feel. Comedian W. Kamau Bell made a call to action and even celebrities have joined the #RenewDocMcStuffins movement.

“Doc McStuffins” is a show that stars Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, a 6-year-old African American girl who cares for her stuffed animals, dolls and toys at her home clinic. But when she puts on her stethoscope, they come to life and she can talk with them. She and her friends Hallie, Lambie, Chilly and Stuffy work together to solve their patients’ problems.

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Season 4 of “Doc McStuffins” will begin airing on July 30.

But the network has not announced whether the series will be picked up for a fifth season, and that has fans upset because other Disney Channel renewals have been publicized and it’s well-known that many Disney shows end after four seasons.

In addition to a love of the show itself at issue is the fact that the lead character is a female of color, a category of protagonist that is still under-represented on television, especially in roles that model success in science and technology.

“Doc McStuffins” was created by Peabody and Emmy award-winning Executive Producer Chris Nee, who told The New York Times, “The kids who are of color see her as an African-American girl, and that’s really big for them. And I think a lot of other kids don’t see her color, and that’s wonderful as well.”

Powerful tweets in support of the show have included these sentiments:

My daughter doesn't need to watch ANOTHER princess. We need the entrepreneurial, medically savvy #DocMcStuffins #renewdocmcstuffins

#RenewDocMcStuffins @DisneyJunior the little child who will one day cure cancer is watching Doc in her/his PJs right now.

Doc appeals to kids of all backgrounds. She is clever and kind. Teaches them about compassion #RenewDocMcStuffins

I've played a patient 100 times in need of a check up because my preschoolers love this show! #RenewDocMcStuffins

Why on EARTH would @DisneyJunior drop Doc McStuffins?! I don't even HAVE kids and know how impactful that show is. #RenewDocMcStuffins

Disney Junior responded with a nebulous tweet:

Wow - thanks for all the love and cuddles! As long as there are toys to fix, the Doc will be in! -- #DocMcStuffins

Clearly, the response was meant to soothe Twitter users’ upset feelings, but it’s still not clear if “Doc McStuffins” will return for a fifth season.



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September 5, 2013

'Doc McStuffins' inspires health and wellness tour with free activities for families

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The lovable Disney Junior character Doc McStuffins is on the road and soon may be visiting your hometown for some free family fun.

"Doc McStuffins" debuted last year on the network dedicated to programming for kids ages 2 to 7. Doc, whose real name is Dottie, likes to imitate her mother's work as a physician with her own patients -- her stuffed animals. Doc has the magic touch, though, and when she gives Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly check-ups, they come to life. The episodes revolve around a wellness theme, and during the show's credits, Doc even gives advice about staying healthy.

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Naturally, this theming is the perfect tie-in for The Walt Disney Company's initiatives on healthy living. Specifically, Doc McStuffins has spearheaded the "So Much You Can Do...to Take Care of You!" campaign, which is being promoted by a national tour of the Doc Mobile. The 27-foot Airstream trailer is designed to educate and entertain young kids, with activities such as an area for kids to perform a check-up on their own toys. There also will be age-appropriate health lessons with a focus on nutrition, physical development and fitness.

Doc McStuffins herself will greet fans in select cities along the Doc Mobile tour route. The character debuted at the D23 Expo in August. Stops include:

Friday, September 6
Dallas/Fort-Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10
New Orleans, Louisiana
Audubon Zoo
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 14
Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17
Washington D.C.
The Yards Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, September 26
Los Angeles, California
The Grove
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 28
Phoenix, Arizona 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center

The second season of "Doc McStuffins" debuts Friday, Sept. 6. at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 4 p.m. ET/PT. Guest voice stars for season two include: Geena Davis ("A League of Their Own"), Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development"), Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live"), Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster ("Anything Goes") and Peter MacNicol ("Grey's Anatomy").


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