In searching my own website, I was a little surprised to find that I’ve only mentioned DOC McSTUFFINS in 28 articles. While that might seem like a lot, I thought it would’ve been more, and if you follow me on social media (which I sure hope you do), you’d know why: I’ve spoken of Doc a lot. Out of the top five shows that my girls enjoy, there is perhaps no other that’s been so all-encompassing. They’ve seen it on television, DVD, and on-demand… they have an ever-expanding collection of Doc McStuffins toys… and each of my daughters (ages 2 and 5) have multiple pieces of Doc clothing. It’s a transmedia home-run, and one I don’t mind at all. To think that it took this long for a breakthrough show like this to happen – one that not only features a “Doctor” at the forefront, but a female… and one of color – it’s hard to imagine, particularly given how big a phenomenon it’s become. With DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE out on DVD this week, it’s only appropriate that I’m throwing down some more virtual ink about the show…
Clip: “So Much Better Now”
Going to the doctor can be a scary thing for me for kids, and Doc and her friends help build understanding, and on SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, Optometry, Dentistry, Sports Medicine and Imaging/Radiology are all covered. The kids are learning valuable lessons without ever realizing that they’re being taught. It’s seamless and fun.
- Chilly Gets Chilly / Through The Reading Glass (Optometry)
- Hallie’s Happy Birthday / Shark-Style Toothache (Dentistry)
- Think Pink / You Foose, You Lose (Sports Medicine)
- Disco Dress Up Daisy / The Glider Brothers (Imaging/Radiology)
- Celestial Celeste / Run Doc, Run! (Imaging/Radiology)
One of the big highlights of DOC McSTUFFINS for me is the original songs that are crafted by Kay Hanley (LETTERS TO CLEO) and Michelle Lewis. There’s been a trend of legit rockers* making music for children’s shows (see: Parry Gripp of NERF HERDER and Jaret Reddick of BOWLING FOR SOUP), and Doc has been a prime example, with catchy tunes written by a pair of – dare I say, “Rock Mothers?”
Boppy (available from Disney Store) was recently standing tall outside Rock Father HQ last week… about 8-inches:
In addition to a collection of fantastic episodes, this new release also features a little paper doll of Doc, complete with a backdrop and removable accessory stickers that can be used to have some on-the-go Doc adventures.
DOC McSTUFFINS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE is Rock Father-Approved, and is available now from Amazon and Disney Store.
*Speaking of “legit rockers” – Did you know that Jess Harnell (aka both Chilly and The Wicked King) is the frontman of the band ROCK SUGAR? They perform live mashups of popular songs under the guise of an 80s metal band that was stranded on an island for 20 years with a collection of pop albums. Check out the video for “Don’t Stop the Sandman” (a mash of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” and JOURNEY’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”) below. Just imagine Chilly or The Wicked King fronting the band… ’cause it’s true!