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The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sweet holiday story uses magic, kindness to solve problems.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Doc and her toy friends step up to help not for their own sake, but for kids all over the world. They take on a seemingly impossible task with can-do attitudes and a commitment to working together, and they delight in knowing their efforts will make others happy. Affirming messages about the special connection between kids and their toys, as well as the resilience of families that face and overcome difficult times.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Doc never disappoints as a role model for kids. She is selfless, compassionate, and determined to solve every problem that presents itself. Her toy friends follow her lead and do all they can to help make Christmas special for kids far and near.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special sees Doc and her toy friends set off for the North Pole to help ensure that Christmas happens on schedule. Doc's kindness and concern for others are on full display in this story as she takes on big challenges for other people's happiness. A girl and her mother talk about having had a difficult year and their hopes that Santa will bring a special gift to fill young Agnes's emotional need, so kids may need further explanation about that storyline. This sweet story reminds viewers that it's the effort and thought behind a present that is the real gift.

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What's the story?

In THE DOC MCSTUFFINS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, Doc (voiced by Laya DeLeon Hayes) and her brother, Donny (Jaden Betts), race downstairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa (Justin T. Bowler) brought for them only to find there are no presents under the tree. Doc and her toy friends use her stethoscope magic to go back in time and up to the North Pole to unravel the mystery. There they meet an old friend, Tobias the Elf (Tony Hale), who tells them that a power outage made it impossible to finish all the toys in time for Christmas delivery and that Santa is missing! Doc, Chilly (Jess Harnell), Stuffy (Robbie Rist), Lambie (Lara Jill Miller), and Hallie (Loretta Devine) enlist the help of their McStuffinsville friends to finish the elves' toy making, and Doc agrees to step in for Santa, but without his help, she fears the holiday won't be merry for a special girl named Agnes (Rylee Alazraqui) who really needs some holiday magic.

Is it any good?

This holiday special strays from the normal progression of Doc McStuffins episodes in which the young doctor diagnoses and helps heal a toy friend, emphasizing instead Doc's qualities of compassion and selflessness. She doesn't hesitate when she knows the world's kids are in danger of missing out on Christmas; she and her friends leap into action and find a way to solve the problem. Especially sweet is her determination to help and inspire hope in young Agnes.

The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special has original songs, seasonal scenery and magic, and a reunion with many of the toy friends Doc has made over the years. It's a sweet, gentle story that celebrates the joy of giving of yourself and helping others, especially during the holidays.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Christmas season makes them feel. Are you more aware of opportunities for generosity and compassion this time of year? How does helping someone else lift your spirits?

  • How might The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special have ended differently without the characters' willingness to work together to solve the problem at hand? What are some challenges that arise when using teamwork? What if different people have different ideas about the process? How do you resolve conflict when working with friends?

  • What qualities would you say are Doc's character strengths? What about those of her toy friends Chilly, Lambie, Hallie, and Stuffy? How does each one bring something special to the work they do to help others? What are your kids' unique qualities?

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