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Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic

Disney // 2012 // 120 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Erich Asperschlager // April 19th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge Erich Asperschlager is having a cuddle emergency.

The Charge

"I've got a rust problem, if you know what I mean."

The Case

Disney Junior's preschool stable features several shows inspired by classic Disney cartoons, including Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but one of their biggest hits is Doc McStuffins—an original story about a young girl who uses her medical talents to "heal" broken toys. In Doc's latest DVD collection Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic she takes her medical show on the road with five episodes from Seasons One and Two:

• "Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile"/"Chip Off the Ol' Box"
When Doc is unable to fix a toy at the playground, she enlists her handy dad to help make a mobile clinic. Preparations for Buddy the truck's birthday party are halted by a crank injury to one half of a father-son juggling jack in the box team.

• "Doc to the Rescue"/"Don't Knock the Noggin"
Doc gets an urgent walkie-talkie call from Dress-Up Daisy, who has a parachute accident. New toy Super Stuntman Steve falls and knocks a computer chip loose in his head.

• "Out of the Box"/"Run Down Race Car"
Little Jack has a popping problem but he's scared to get a check-up. Doc's brother Donny's race car Ricardo loses his pep before a big race.

• "Rescue Rhonda, Ready for Takeoff"/"All Washed Up"
Donny accidentally breaks his friend's remote-controlled helicopter trying to rescue Chilly from a basketball hoop. Robot Ray can't seem to stay away from water, despite Doc's warnings.

• "Rest Your Rotors, Rhonda"/"Keep on Truckin'"
Rhonda the rescue copter suffers a rotor injury while saving Stuffy from the roof. Donny's brand new truck suffers a scuffed paint job during its first race.

Doc McStuffins lives in a magical world that's part Toy Story, part E.R.. Doc is more toy tech than doctor—fixing stuck springs, bent cranks, and even electronics—with some light wizardry thrown in, thanks to a magic stethoscope that brings toys to life whenever she's around. Not that kids need another wizard role model. Doc makes the medical world fun instead of scary, equipping kids with the skills to handle doctor visits and other childhood struggles.

The episodes in Mobile Clinic deal with a variety of issues, including: being scared when a parent gets hurt, the importance of wearing bike helmets, napping to recharge your batteries, and listening to the doctor's instructions to get better. Each story—two to an episode—has a lesson and a song to make the learning fun. It also has a colorful cast of toy pals. Stuffy the dragon, Chilly the snowman, Hallie the hippo, and Lambie (I bet you can guess what she is) act as nurses, assistants, and playmates—easing the toy patients' fears and adding maladies like "Popped-out-atitis" and "No-vroom-vroom-atosis" to the Big Book of Boo-boos.

Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic sports an attractive 1.78:1 CG animated image with Dolby 2.0 stereo audio. A fine looking and sounding disc with no bells or whistles. Although there are no on-disc extras, the set comes with a miniature reusable tote bag in purple and pink, with Doc's Band-Aid logo. It's not big enough for all of your kids' medical equipment, but it's plenty big for Band-Aids and a counterfeit prescription book.

My daughter watches a lot of cartoons, with varying redeeming value. I'm glad she can balance out the fluff with an animated role model like the imaginative, empathetic, and ingenious Doc McStuffins. If I end up with a doctor (or tinkerer) in the family, even better.

The Verdict

Go stuffed! Not guilty!

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Disney
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Subtitles:
• English (SDH)
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• All Ages
• Animation
• Disney
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Tote Bag

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site








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