Let me start this post by saying: Disney nor Disney Junior have confirmed anything about Doc McStuffins being cancelled after Season 4 premieres later this month. That being said…they also haven’t confirmed that it is not being cancelled. This is why #RenewDocMcStuffins started trending this past Saturday, July 2nd and people are still bombarding the Twittersphere with pleas and photos of their kids begging Disney not to cancel this show. This is the last communication about it and pinned tweet from Disney Junior.
— Disney Junior (@DisneyJunior) July 3, 2016
But like everyone else, I too want to know: What exactly does that mean? If you’re not familiar with Doc McStuffins, I guarantee that after watching just a few minutes of an episode, you’ll understand why so many of us are concerned about the slightest possibility of it going away. We had the chance to meet Doc McStuffins when we
If you’re not familiar with Doc McStuffins, I guarantee that after watching just a few minutes of an episode, you’ll understand why so many of us are concerned about the slightest possibility of it going away. We had the chance to meet Doc McStuffins when we went to Disney in May, and my kids were so excited (ok, I was too)!
Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is a nurturing 6-year-old girl who cares for stuffed animals and toys in her playhouse clinic. When she puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens — toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with them. Like any good doctor, Doc has assistants helping her at her clinic. Her stuffed animal friends who assist Doc include exceedingly proud dragon Stuffy, cuddly best friend Lambie and caring hippo nurse Hallie. Whether it’s loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy that has sprung a leak, Doc and her friends are there to fix up the stuffed animals and toys.
When I first heard the news, it was because I was tagged in a tweet on Twitter. As I continued searching and reading, I came across this article on The Root and shared it to my Facebook page.
Here are 6 simple reasons Disney needs to #RenewDocMcStuffins
Because how do we explain this to our children?
If you just look at a few of the tweets and messages going around on social media, everyone is in agreement: How in the world would we explain this sad news if it were to happen to our children who love Doc McStuffins so much? I asked my daughter how she would feel and she told me she would be really sad and wouldn’t want to watch anything else on TV. A little much? Maybe. But that’s just how sad we would be.
It’s the only cartoon that my young brown kids can see themselves in
Let’s face it, positive representation of African-American pre-school shows on TV are slim to none after Doc McStuffins. Not only can my children see themselves in her, but they see that they can aspire to be something other than a princess, a rockstar or a superhero. Don’t get me wrong, we love princesses and rockstars. But Doc gives our kids a new vision for what they can be when they grow up. And honestly, it’s the only cartoon the son doesn’t fight the daughters on watching cause we all watch together.
It breaks down real life lessons in a way my kids can understand
Doc McStuffins has covered a lot of ground and real-life scenarios. From the awkwardness of making new friends, to learning how to love what’s unique about you, to what it means to adopt, there are some great life lessons to learn. And of course, I love that Doc’s mom is a Doctor, but she’s also a fab wife and amazing mom. This demonstrates that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goals and dreams.
It teaches my kids to love and appreciate everyone, despite their differences
I love the fact that Doc has all different types of toy friends – big, small, funny, quiet, squeaky, etc. She does not discriminate even against other people’s toys 🙂 I always talk to my kids about the importance of treating others like they want to be treated. Doc is a great example of doing just that. She takes every toy in with the same respect and courtesy as if they were her own.
Kids remember the manners taught by Doc
When we tell our kids to wash their hands before they eat, or make sure they don’t sneeze all over people, they don’t always remember. But when it comes time to exercise some basic manners and life skills, the kids seem to always remember what is said (or sung) when the Doc is in.
Doc McStuffins has inspired real-life African American Doctors
I have seen tweets from AA Physicians (particularly Pediatricians) that acknowledge the fact that their patients aren’t afraid of them because of Doc McStuffins which makes doctor visits that much easier. The Armetis Medical Society was created as a result of Doc and the gang. This is a group of female Physicians of color whose goal is to promote and encourage a younger generation to embark in the medical career field where there is still so little representation. What I love is that Doc McStuffins is loved by everyone from all walks of life, religious background, race, etc. Here are a few tweets that stuck out to me. Chris Nee is the Creator and Executive Producer for Doc McStuffins (Follow and Tweet her here with your support: @ChrisDocNee). So if she’s worried about it enough to tweet about it, then so should we:
Season 4 air this month. No pickup for Season 5. If Season 4 is the end of the road, we’re going out with a bang! #RenewDocMcStuffins
— Chris Nee (@chrisdocnee) July 5, 2016
Even celebrities like Holly Robinson Peete have chimed in with their thoughts:
If you love Doc McStuffins as much as we do, and you feel like it should stick around for a long time, can you share this post and comment below with your own reason to add to the list?
— Deanna Denham (@LikeJeans) July 3, 2016