YMMV / Doc McStuffins

  • Anachronism Stew or Artistic License History: In 'Let the Nightingale Sing' Florence is shown as having a teddy bear as a little girl, she doesn't batter an eyelid at Doc's ethnicity and doesn't remark about the idea of a female doctor. (Florence Nightingale was born in 1820, teddy bears were invented in 1902.)
  • Ear Worm: The theme song and "You're Gonna Grow."
    Lambie: You're little now, but it won't last
    Stuffy: Look, you're gettin' squished in that glass
    Doc McStuffins: Soon you're gonna get big real fast
    Doc McStuffins, Lambie and Stuffy: And before you know, you're gonna grow!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lambie. For some reason, her merchandise sells like hotcakes. Taken Up to Eleven with the Hearts a-Glow Lambie during the 2014 holiday season- whenever Toys R Us online gets a fresh batch of it, it's guaranteed to be sold out within minutesnote . Also, a general eBay search reveals more Lambie merchandise available than any of the other of Doc's toys (over 1,000 hits) and the most expensive items are more pricey than any of the other characters, indicating her popularity with the demographics of the show. It also helps when your character is voiced by Lara Jill Miller.
    • Lambie's on the top, but Stuffy's the runner-up. While Stuffy toys don't nearly move off shelves in quantity matching that of Lambie, he does get drawn in a lot of fanart. Also, while the Hearts-A-Glow Stuffy doesn't move off shelves anywhere as fast as the Lambie version, several fans have reported difficulty in locating the Dancing Christmas Stuffy instead, although the Lambie model was also selling quite well.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode with Mr. Chomp, which seemed very similar to racism.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show seems to have something of a following in Argentina. For that matter, there are also fans in Germany itself.
    • It's also unironically popular with Japanese Moe fans, due to the show's doctor-themed Moe nature.
  • Moe: Cure Ariel, described the show as "Moe", due to Doc Mcstuffins being the "Healer of Moe-Toys" and It's "Moe" nature.
  • Older Than They Think: There's been a lot of rave reviews about how this is the first show of its type with a black protagonist since something like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, but seem to have forgotten about Little Bill, which is even more entertaining when you consider that Little Bill was created in part by the person who created this show, Chris(tine) Nee.
  • Periphery Demographic: The program was reported to set a record for adult viewers for a series targeted at the 2-5 age group and maintains a strong adult following. Factors include the show's subtle humor, use of well-produced songs, and some big-name guest voices, including stars of Disney Channel shows targeted at older audiences. The series is also attracting massive positive attention for featuring an intelligent and ambitious African-American girl as its star heroine.
  • Ship Tease: Lambie and Stuffy are depicted as being very close at times. They even share a slow dance in "Walkin-Talkin Time".
    • Helpful to note that when they slow dance, it's to a love song being sung by a Walkie-Talkie, Walter, about how much he loves and needs his better half, Gracie.
    • Any feelings other than friendship might be one sided on Stuffy's part since Lambie seems more outright infatuated with Sir Kirby and Awesome Guy whereas Stuffy makes regular comments and gestures that hint at his trying to get her attention.
      • In "The Rip Heard 'Round The World" Stuffy seems the most apprehensive for Lambie's stitches procedure, but tells her '[Doc] loves you...we all do.' The way he deliberately pauses and then says 'we all do' could easily be read as shipteasing on a preschool level and the equivalent of him saying 'I love you.'
      • Another example that there might be at least some kind of one sided feelings is in "Lamb In A Jam" when Lambie is getting ready to leave with Doc for the day and Stuffy, while hugging Lambie, says in what might be considered a pleading/vulnerable tone 'Don't be gone too long, ok?'
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Critics have praised the program for its central character being a young African-American girl who, though feminine, wants to grow up to be a doctor—just like her mother. Actual female doctors of color, too, have embraced the character, with 131 offering pictures of themselves to create a "We Are Doc McStuffins" collage to celebrate Doc as a positive role model for young girls. What makes it even better is that the show doesn't drop this Aesop on a regular basis—Doc's ability to become a doctor is never questioned, suggesting that it's entirely possible for children of any race to achieve their dreams.
    • Similarly, the show inverts the "traditional" family view: Doc's mother works a high-paying and demanding job, and her father is a stay-at-home dad who does activities traditionally associated with femininity, such as cooking and gardening. But they're clearly a happy, well-balanced couple that's doing a great job raising their kids, which quietly attacks old-fashioned ideas of men working and women being homemakers. (Although a supplementary book, Doc McStuffins: My World indicates that her father is a chef. So, yeah, still cooking, but on a professional level. Which puts rather a different spin on it, since females have actually struggled to be accepted in the world of professional cooking.)
    • An assistant director of sexual violence advocacy and prevention praised the episode "Commander No" in which a toy didn't want to be tickled and the other toy that was doing it didn't stop because she didn't think that he really meant "no." The episode makes it clear in no uncertain terms that, yeah, he really did.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Well, as expected, the first iOS title. Of the three reviews of the game, all three were panning the title. Critics complained that the lack of activities in the game does not justify it's US$4 price tag. Also, it's Strictly Formulaic, but what were you expecting from a game targeted at toddlers? Thankfully, this sentiment does not continue into the subsequent games (there were four more after this one, and each had their own original mechanics).
    • Strangely averted with the Leap Frog Explorer and V-Tech InnoTab releases of the game. Though put side by side, the first iOS title comes across as a tech demo and Obvious Beta of the LeapFrog version of the game - the first iOS and Leap Frog titles plays similarly, but the Leap Frog title feels much more polished and does not have several of the issues plaguing the first iOS title.
  • The Woobie: Every toy that gets injured has their moments.
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