Judge Erich Asperschlager is having a cuddle emergency.
"I've got a rust problem, if you know what I mean."
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'
• "Doc to the Rescue"/"Don't Knock the
• "Out of the Box"/"Run Down Race Car"
• "Rescue Rhonda, Ready for Takeoff"/"All Washed
• "Rest Your Rotors, Rhonda"/"Keep on
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.
Go stuffed! Not guilty!
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