The Doc is In with Kids on Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Distributor: Walt Disney Video
DVD Review: Doc McStuffins: Friendship is the Best Medicine
by R.J. Carter
Published: August 15, 2012
The latest infectious offering from Disney Junior may suffer from a terminal case of the cutes. But that won't stop young (and old) from enjoying the adorable lessons taught as young Doc McStuffins performs triage and delivers diagnoses to her very special patients.
Doc is a little girl, who wants very much to be like her mother: a doctor. She sets up a clinic in her playhouse, and practices on her toys. The hook here is that, whenever Doc's around, the toys come to life. With her stuffed friends Lambie the cuddle-giving lamb, Stuffy the bravado-filled dragon, Hallie the head-nurse hippo, and Chilly the hypochondriac snowman, Doc fixes all manor of toys, putting each new diagnosis in her "Big Book of Boo-Boos." Whether it's a walkie-talkie that doesn't squawk, a rubber ducky that doesn't squeak, or a little lamb that can't be squeezed, Doc is ready to deliver a checkup and a treatment.
Opening with "Engine Nine, Feelin' Fine," Doc meets a toy fire engine her little brother Donny has discarded because he believes it to be broken. What's really the matter is that it's very hot outside, and the fire truck is out of water. Doc diagnosis dehydration and explains why it's very important to drink plenty of water. Later, in "Caught Blue-Handed," a multi-armed loveable monster can't help but hug all his new friends -- who all come down with Mystery Pox: blue splotches that break out on them. Happily, it's just paint, but the concept is still the same as it fuels a lesson on the importance of always washing your hands.
The "Dark Knight" rises to the occasion for children who share his fear of the dark. Sir Kirby is on loan from Donny's collection when Doc and her friends have a sleepover party. But the knight isn't so fearless when he learns that the lights will later be turned out. Talking things out with the others helps him deal with his fears, and a night-light makes it even easier.
When Doc is playing with her friend Lambie, she accidentally causes Lambie to get ripped. Any kid who's ever had stitches can relate to Lambie's predicament, but the situation this time is more than Doc can handle on her own. In this instance, Lambie gets referred to a specialist -- Doc's mom! "The Rip Heard Round the World" isn't the only lesson on asking for help when needed, however. In "The Right Stuff," Stuffy the Dragon rips his tail while participating in an imaginary adventure. Not wanting to be seen as less than brave, he doesn't tell Doc about the problem, resulting in the issue getting progressively worse as things move along.
This Disney single-disc DVD includes a digital bonus copy that can be transferred to your Windows or Mac device, and your child's own "Book of Boo-Boos" that includes two pages of stickers of the characters and bandages.
Previews on this release include the upcoming Disney Junior series Sophia the First.
Friendship is the Best Medicine
|1. Engine Nine, Feelin' Fine! / The Right Stuff
2. Caught Blue-Handed / To Squeak, Or Not To Squeak
3. Ben/Anna Split! / That's Just Claw-ful
4. The Rip Heard Round the World / Walkie-Talkie Time
5. Dark Knight / Hallie Gets an Earful