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Western Animation: Doc McStuffins
The Doc is in!

Doc McStuffins is a preschool-targeted CGI-animated children's series on Disney Junior featuring a child doctor who runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys. The series was one of the first announced for Disney Junior, which replaced Playhouse Disney, though it did not begin airing until Valentine's Day, 2012 with the premiere of the 24/7 Disney Junior network in the United States. In each episode, the eponymous Doc uses her magic stethoscope to bring toys to life and then diagnoses and heals a sick or damaged toy. With its complex characters and willingness to buck the general format of similar shows currently on the air, the program has been described as "Cheers for prechoolers" and has amassed a sizeable audience. The second season started in mid-2013.


Doc McStuffins features examples of:

  • Action Girl: Kiko, the Japanese action doll Doc got from her grandmother. She even has an action kick, as portrayed on her box. Doubles as a Genki Girl.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Hallie gets this in "Big Head Hallie", after finding out she's part of a toy line based on a popular cartoon character.
  • Acting For Three: In-universe with the episode "Big Headed Hallie", Hallie decides to play all the roles of the gang's "Save the princess from the dragon" game.
  • Adorkable: Stuffy the dragon. In spades.
  • Afraid of Needles: Boomer the soccer ball hates being filled up because he's afraid of the pump. The scenario works out suspiciously similar to a kid being afraid of a hypodermic needle, but that's probably the intended effect anyways.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Despite being a brontosaurus, Bronty's personality and mannerisms are essentially those of a large, playful, hyperactive dog.
  • Alliterative Family "Dottie" (Doc's real name) McStuffins and Donnie.
  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • All-Loving Hero: Lambie.
  • Are We There Yet?: In "Doc to the Rescue," Stuffy asks this as he and Lambie travel with Doc to a neighboring house to help a toy stuck in a tree. The first two times he asks the question, the answer from Lambie is "no." The third time, the answer is "yes." The fourth time, Stuffy starts to ask the question, only to stop when he realizes he got a "yes" to the last one.
  • Art Shift: Has a few mini-episodes called "Doc Files" that usually show in between commercials where Doc relates a past case. When she does so, the style switches to 2D flash style animation.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Doc's warm weather outfit.
  • Big Eater: The Gulpy-Gulpy Gators. They practically try to eat everything on site after Doc animates them.
  • Big Fun: Bronty— when he first meets the other toys, he plays really rough and ends up causing a spate of "Bronty Boo-boos."
  • Bindle Stick: Pickles the bunny creates one using a paintbrush in "The Bunny Blues" when she believes that her owner has decided to sell her in a yard sale.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Hallie the hippo claims to be blind without her glasses, though a point-of-view shot establishes the actual fuzzy nearsightedness. Becomes a plot point in her Forgotten Birthday episode, where Doc makes her take off her glasses so the other toys can finish setting up for her surprise party.
    • Also, in the episode Starry, Starry Night, Aurora the telescope is blind without her eyepiece, mistaking the aquarium for a big-screen TV, Lambie for a dog and Chilly for Stuffy, who she thinks is a porcupine. As in the case of Hallie, this is reinforced with point-of-view shots, which indeed shows what she sees as a blurry mess.
  • Busman's Holiday: Doc can't go anywhere without encountering a broken toy that needs her.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm really good at fixing toys."
    • "I have a diagnosis!"
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Almost inevitably, any "hero" toy that is made to rest by the Doc after getting injured will ignore doctor's orders if they see another toy in trouble. This will then lead to them getting injured again and Doc having to fix them again, followed by what passes from her as a stern talking-to about obeying doctor's orders.
  • Cool Big Sis: Doc to Donnie.
  • Cuddle Bug: Lambie and Val in "My Huggy Valentine"
    • Lambie's main duty at the clinic seems to be dispensing cuddles, which are apparently a legitimate and vital part of several treatments.
  • Defictionalization: Well, this is a show about a girl and her sentient toys that are brought to life by means of a magical MacGuffin. And due to The Merch, this trope is indirectly invoked. Specifically, there's a battery-powered toy featured the good Doc and Lambie with a "magic stethoscope" that can be used to "bring Lambie to life", and of course there are talking plushes. Heck, even the regular plushes count, given that the plush toys in the show are just that until brought to life with the magic stethoscope.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Played with— when Stuffy (dragon) and Bronty (brontosaurus) meet, the Doc says that they are like family and that they could be cousins.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Some of the problems the toys have are comparable to actual medical conditions.
  • Edutainment Show: The main thrust of the program is to show children what happens at the doctor's office and make them less fearful of a checkup, but there are also the general pro-social lessons often included with this type of show.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Percy the Wicked King.
  • Expressive Ears: Seen on Pickles the bunny in "The Bunny Blues"
  • Fake Interactivity: Consciously avoided in the main show, as the creator didn't want to make a show like this with so many of them already out there, but used in the segments in the closing credits in which the titular Doc quizzes the viewer on a subject related to hygiene or health. As of season 2, this is no longer used.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Friendly Rivalry: Professor Hootsburgh the stuffed owl has one with Li'l Egghead the handheld trivia game.
  • Generic Name: Awesome man. Is a superhero. No words on that one I can tell you...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Lambie gets jealous when Val shows up on the show in "My Huggy Valentine."
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lambie and Hallie
  • Halloween Episode: "Boo-Hoo to You! / Glow Time," which premiered on October 12, 2012. In the first story, a toy ghost is afraid of Halloween. In the second, a normally glowing toy has "no-glow-atosis."
  • Harmless Villain: Percy the Wicked King. Easily put into place by Doc, and the worst he's done is act like a schoolground bully with no grievous harm to other toys.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Lambie in "My Huggy Valentine" after Val says "You look like you could use a cuddle."
  • Hypochondria: One of the main characters is a hypochondriac stuffed snowman named Chilly who regularly fears melting (he's not made of real snow), getting broken bones (he's a stuffed toy) and catching various illnesses that aren't contagious.
  • Keet: Stuffy again.
  • Licensed Game: two games for Apple iOS devices was released[1]. Also, three (one game and two e-books) for the Leap Frog LeapPad and Leapster Explorer toys and one for the V-Tech Innotab and Mobi Go toys. The LeapFrog game is US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only, where the download version is concerned, sorry. However, if you get lucky, you just might find the cartridge version. But then, the cartridge versions have problems with slow loading times and the second e-book remains available in only the same five regions as the game and with no cartridge release.
  • The Masquerade: Doc keeps it a secret that she can bring toys to life. She even tells them to "go stuffed" when someone else approaches.
  • The Merch: Merchandise is already out and ranges from the good (a Lambie plush that is reviewed as being very soft and cuddly) to the bad (a talking Lambie that seems to be the toy equivalent of a lemon - nearly everyone reports that stops working after a couple of days.) Merchandise for this show often sells online for a heavy premium, and you simply may or may not get lucky if you're trying to find a particular item in stores. Note that if you live in a primarily white area, though, there's a good chance that you may be able to find plenty of plush of the Doc herself, even when Stuffy, Lambie, Chilly and all of the others are sold out. Yep, even in this day and age. (Of course, it's possible that this may not have anything to do with Doc's blackness when you consider that she's competing against a stuffed lamb that oozes cuteness and a blue dragon who's also rather cute.)
  • My Little Panzer: In the episode Rip Heard 'Round The World, Apparently, Sir Kirby's sword is sharp enough to cut a rip through Lambie's plush when she was accidentally swung hard by Doc into the Sir Kirby who was brandishing his sword accessory. Magic can be ruled out since the toys were inanimate when that happened, and plush fabric don't tear easily. The only plausible explanation is that the sword accessory is made of real sharpened steel.
  • No Indoor Voice: One of Doc's patients was a toy cell phone that kept talking too loudly. At first she thought something was wrong with his volume control, but it just turned out that he had no indoor voice and talked loudly whenever he got excited.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Of the five main toy characters, Squeakers is the only one not to be stuffed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Doc" McStuffins doesn't go by any other name - even her parents call her "Doc." Word of God, based on merchandise releases, is that her real name is "Dottie". Finally made canon in "The Doctor Will See you Now", when the receptionist at the doctor's office calls Doc "Dottie Mcstuffins".
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Anna the female stuffed monkey wears a bow on her head and a skirt without underwear, but her brother, Ben, only wears a bowtie.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In "Stuck Up," before giving his toy to Doc to fix, the boy had tried banging it with no success.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Stuffy, despite being a toy, qualifies for this trope due to his canon size.
  • Punny Name: Ben and Anna. They're huggy monkeys, which uses velcro to cuddle up to each other. Guess what monkeys are stereotyped to like eating in media...
  • Race Lift: An unofficial merchandise example— in Buenos Aires, Argentina, some stores are selling a Doc that looks at best Ambiguously Brown, and at worst, white. It's no surprise, therefore, that those living in South America often purchase official Doc merchandise online.
  • Record Needle Scratch Used twice in the episode "Blazer's Bike". On a Oncean Episode song, nonetheless.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Chris Nee was inspired to create the program because her son has asthma and there have been a lot of scary doctor's visits. Her son refers to the program as "my show."
  • Running Gag: Chilly keeps forgetting he's not really made of snow and always worries he might melt.
  • Shout-Out: One episode is called "Awesome Possums".
  • Slice of Life: A show about a six year old and her day to day life as a toy repair lady, toys magically brought alive through a magical MacGuffin not withstanding.
  • Sliding Scale of Living Toys: The toys on the show seem to fall somewhere between Level 2 and 3. They are brought to life by Doc's magic stethoscope, but they only ever speak to her and other toys, and Doc alerts them to "go stuffed" if anyone else approaches. They still don't seem to have a consciousness while inanimate, though, as evidenced when Doc accidentally cut up Lambie and she didn't even notice until Doc pointed it out later in the episode.
  • Stealth Pun: Hermy the crab has a Boston accent.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: At least Once per Episode (actually, twice per story). Trust us, it's quite a musical show.
  • Title Theme Tune
  • Theme Naming: The show has a penchant for using names that end in a long-e sound (ee). Most of the main characters as well as a majority of the regularly recurring characters follow this rule. Lambie, Stuffy, Hallie, Chilly, Donnie, Emmie, Henry, Kirby, Daisy and Bronty are only a few examples of those who have been given prevalent roles in more than one episode. Doc technically also follows this rule as her real name is Dottie, but it is subverted as she is referred to in show as Doc.
    • Because the other main ensemble (Lambie, Stuffy, Hallie and Chilly) follows the same naming motif, Doc's nickname qualifies as a OddNameOut to emphasize her importance.
  • The Voiceless: Even though the Doc's magic stethoscope brings toys to life and allows them to speak, Squeakers can still only squeak.
    Hallie: I dunno! I don't speak squeak!
  • Why Did It Have to be Spiders?: Stuffy
    Stuffy: Why did it have to be spiders? Dragons hate spiders.
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: The whole clinic staff uttered this exact phrase to an uneasy Niles while trying to get his bandages off. Of course, Niles was expecting it to hurt. Inverted in that they proceeded to carefully take off most of the bandages while Niles wasn't paying attention, so he naturally felt nothing when Doc told him it was time to take them off and pulled a little piece of bandage still on him.
    • The "Time for Your Checkup" song has the line "It'll only tickle a little".

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