It is always wonderful when an animated show that we've been working on for many months goes out into 'the real world', and reactions from viewers start to filter back to us. We love getting feedback from kids and their parents once the shows are on air.
Doc McStuffins has had a fantastic response since it premiered 2 months ago, and some of the most special feedback has come to us from Dr Taylor via Coily Embrace, a U.S.-based health, news & beauty forum for women of colour.
Soon after Doc McStuffins first aired Dr Taylor contacted us, along with Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee and Disney Jr, to express her feelings about the show with this image:
Today, the image has expanded to include 131 African American women physicians from around the world!
These images represent African American physicians specialising in all areas of medicine across the United States and beyond. They include such trailblazers as Dr Edith Irby Jones, the first African American woman to be accepted into a "white" medical school in the South following the end of segregation; Marilyn Hughes Gaston, M.D., whose research led to the life-saving treatment of sickle cell disease in newborns; Velma Scantlebury-White, M.D., the very first African American female transplant surgeon; and Claudia Thomas, M.D., the first African American female orthopaedic surgeon.
All of these eminent physicians have lent their image to this campaign because they feel that Doc McStuffins and her family are important role models for African American girls. They believe that where there is a lack of positive representation of African Americans on U.S. television, Doc is a positive example to African American children that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.
The whole Doc McStuffins crew at Brown Bag Films are really honoured to play a part in this, and greatly appreciate the image. You can read more about Dr Taylor's thoughts on the impact of the show on Coily Embrace's blog here.
We are a very low media family but this is a show I allow. Simple, sweet, no confusing, must have a moral, story lines - just sweet childhood play with a ‘helping each other’ theme. Thank you Brown Bag Films!29 May 2012 by Joy
Thanks Joy, glad your family enjoy the show!30 May 2012 by Jennie Stacey
Thank you Brown Bag Films. At a time when reality TV and negative images overwhelm our children and programming, it is refreshing to have Doc as an option. Positive images and life lessons all at once. She loves it. Keep it coming!1 June 2012 by Dawn
This show is empowering for girls of all colors (our two-year old is a “white” European-American). Steriotypical gender roles can foreclose upon the ambitions of small children. Our little one now wants to be a doctor so she can help people feel better just like Doc McStuffins.4 June 2012 by Megan Gallagher, Esq.
My 5 year old daughter loves this show after watching it with her now I’m a fan. Positive images other than the entertainment field is always a big plus.5 July 2012 by Amanda
My children LOVE this show, It’s also the first show I don’t mind watching. Adorable characters! Absolutely love the stories! My only issue now is She wanting a Doc Themed Birthday and We just cant find enough to make that happen:) But thanks for the show we love it and will continue to watch it:) Great job!13 September 2012 by Ashley