Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DOC MCSTUFFINS: FRIENSHIP IS THE BEST MEDICINE arrives on DVD & Digital Copy August 21st! (Review)

Does your child love the hit show, Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior? Since watching the premiere episode, Savannah has been hooked. She knows all the stuffed animals by name, and gets excited when she sees commercials for the show, or when it airs daily. So, when I was contacted and offered the opportunity to not only review the upcoming DVD release, DOC MCSTUFFINS: FRIENSHIP IS THE BEST MEDICINE, but also have Savannah hold a tea party for her friends, how could I say no?

More about the Movie:

Disney Junior’s newest hit animated TV series geared to kids ages 2-7, “Doc McStuffins,” will be available for the first time ever on Disney DVD and Digital Copy, August 21, 2012.  Sure to become a fan favorite with parents and kids alike, “Doc McStuffins: Friendship Is The Best Medicine” includes a DVD featuring five full length episodes, each consisting of two 11-minute stories, a Digital Copy of the episodes - perfect for kids to watch anytime, anywhere – and also comes packaged with Doc’s special Big Book of Boo-Boos with fun activities plus character and boo-boo bandage stickers.

The characters and themes featured in “Doc McStuffins” are all made to be relatable to young viewers and are designed to ease kids' trepidations about everything from a doctor's visit to removing a splinter.  Many of the stories directly address the kinds of issues that parents face with their young children when it comes to good health, hygiene and trips to the doctor’s office. It’s the perfect series to have on-hand and add to your home entertainment collection.

The lovable characters in the series are voiced by Kiara Muhammad as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins.  The series' theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel's hit series "A.N.T. Farm" and Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain. Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy® Award-winning Chris Nee (writer on "Little Bill" and producer of "Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska") and directed by Emmy® Award-winning Norton Virgien ("Rugrats"), "Doc McStuffins" is a production of Academy Award® nominated Brown Bag Films (Best Animated Short Film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” in 2010)  in association with Disney Channel. The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as the series' health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families.

The DVD contains five full length episodes, each consisting of two 11-minute stories, that highlight some of Doc’s favorite toys.

·       ENGINE NINE, FEELIN’ FINE! - Doc and her toys learn a lesson about dehydration after discovering that Donny's toy fire engine has run out of water.

·       THE RIGHT STUFF - Stuffy rips his tail and tries to hide it from Doc and the other toys and learns that anyone can get hurt – even brave dragons.

·       CAUGHT BLUE-HANDED – When a mysterious rash of blue spots breaks out among some of the toys in the clinic, Doc traces the "Mystery Pox" back to Donny's toy monster, Glo-Bo who had been finger-painting earlier in the day and forgot to wash his hands.  Glo-Bo is voiced by Jim Belushi.

·       TO SQUEAK, OR NOT TO SQUEAK – Doc helps a plastic toy duck get his voice back after his squeaker pops out.

·       BEN/ANNA SPLIT! - When Doc's huggy monkey doll Ben loses the velcro patch that attaches him to his sister Anna, Doc glues it back on and tells him that he will have to stay in the clinic overnight while it dries.

·       THAT’S JUST CLAW-FUL - Doc prescribes physical therapy for her crab bath toy Hermie after she reattaches one of his claws that has fallen off.

·       THE RIP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD - While dancing with Lambie, Doc accidentally rips a hole in her fur.

·       WALKIE-TALKIE TIME - Doc diagnoses a toy walkie-talkie with "Staticosis" and helps find his missing antenna so he can communicate clearly again.

·       DARK KNIGHT - During a sleepover with all of her toys, Doc discovers that Sir Kirby is afraid of the dark and prescribes a night light to cure him of the "Dark Willies."

·       HALLIE GETS AN EARFUL - When Hallie is having trouble hearing, Doc gives her a hearing test and realizes that she has extra cotton stuck in her ears.

When Savannah saw me taking the movie and tea set out of the box, her eyes lit up. She came running over and said, "Please." I was planning to watch the DVD with her over the weekend, but, with her big brown eyes, and long eyelashes batting at me, I couldn't say no. So, as soon as her little sister woke up from her nap, we all snuggled on the couch and watched the 5 episodes/ten 11-minute stories included on this DVD. Even though Savannah has seen these episodes before, she acted like she was watching them for the first time. Since receiving the DVD, we have seen these episodes a handful of times, with more viewing to come. :-)

As for the tea party, Savannah and Arabella didn't want to wait for our next play group. After watching the DVD the first time through, they had their tea party on the living room floor. It was so nice to watch them playing and interacting together. Even though there are days where Savannah doesn't want to share her toys, the times that she does, it is beautiful to watch. You can tell Arabella is already looking up to her big sister. And, this love with grow as they get older. :-)  I especially loved seeing Savannah wearing the little apron that was also included in the party pack.  She looks just like Hallie, one of Doc McStuffins toys.  Once Savannah had it one, she didn't want to take it off. :-)

Here are some of the photos I took of the girls having a tea party together.

Even though they have other pretend dish sets, this Pretend and Play 24 piece dish set from Learning Resources, is by far our favorite, not only for the bright colors, but that the utensils and cups are easier to hold for little hands. The girls had a blast having their tea party, and continue to use the dish sets during daily play. What a fun review opportunity this was.

And, with August 21st right around the corner. Make sure you mark your calendar so that you can pick up a copy of DOC MCSTUFFINS: FRIENSHIP IS THE BEST MEDICINE for your little ones. Savannah and Arabella have given this new DVD 2 thumbs up! :-)

 Here are some fun activities you can download and print out, to do with your little Doc McStuffins fan:


About “Doc McStuffins”:
"Doc McStuffins" is an imaginative animated series about Doc McStuffins, a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic.  Assisting Doc with the day-to-day operations at the clinic are her much-loved friends: Stuffy, an overly proud dragon; Lambie, her  cuddly best friend; Hallie, a jolly and caring  hippo nurse; Squeakers, an alarmist squeaky toy fish; and Chilly, a snowman who spends a lot of time getting check-ups at the clinic.  Whether it's a case of loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy who's sprung a leak, Doc and her pals are always there to lend a helping hand, while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.  Each episode features two 11-minute stories and an original song and showcases the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling – fantasy and wish fulfillment.

About The TV Series:
Doc McStuffins” is an animated television series that airs daily on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel.  It is cable's #1 series among Kids 2-5, and 2012's #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49.

About The Walt Disney Studios:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, please visit

Disclosure: I was sent product for review from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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