Fun and Healthy TV for Kids
- Created on April 2nd, 2012
- By JourneytoWellness.com
From dealing with the anxiety and fear associated with something as simple as removing a splinter to something as big as an overnight hospital stay, "Doc McStuffins" showcases the importance of good health, hygiene, compassion and nurturing and invites kids age 2-7 to become active participants in their own health.
Disney Junior's newest series, "Doc McStuffins," introduces a little girl named Doc who can talk to the stuffed animal and toy world -- and they talk to her too, especially when they need her help repairing a stitch or bandaging a boo-boo. Along the way, Doc and her friends Stuffy, Lambie, Hallie and Chilly impart helpful tips about self care and care for others, and chase away the worries over visiting the doctor. The idea for the series stems from Chris Nee's own experience as a mom to her 5-year-old son, Theo, who at age two, developed severe asthma. After spending a lot of time in and out of doctor's offices, hospitals and even ambulances and witnessing her son's anxiety around doctors, she came up with the concept for "Doc McStuffins." Her hope is that the show will help make everything from doctor's visits to removing a splinter less scary for kids (with great health and hygiene messages that parents will appreciate).
From the very beginning stages of development, the Hollywood, Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center has served as the show's health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families. In addition to "Doc McStuffins," Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of Hollywood, Health & Society, has consulted on such high-profile television shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "90210," "House M.D.," "Breaking Bad," "Private Practice," "Army Wives," "The Big C," "Touch," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Intervention," among many others.
About "Doc McStuffins"
"Doc McStuffins" is an imaginative new animated series that models good health, hygiene, compassion and nurturing for kids age 2-7. Showcasing the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling -- fantasy and wish fulfillment - the series airs on the popular Disney Junior block on Disney Channel (10:00-11:00 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (4:00-5:00 p.m., ET/PT).
The "Doc McStuffins" voice cast includes: 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.
CHRIS NEE, Creator/Executive Producer
Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award winner Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's "DocMcStuffins," an imaginative animated series about a 6-year-old girl who runs a clinic for stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse.
Nee's inspiration for the series is two-fold, based on her childhood which was spent helping out in her mother's popular independent toy stores, and her more recent experience as a mother to her young son who developed severe asthma when he was 2 years old. After seeing her own child's anxiety about going to the doctor, she decided to come up with an idea for a show that could help make the process of going to the doctor less scary for kids.
An accomplished children's television writer, Nee has also managed to juggle a successful career as a documentary and reality TV producer. While on location in Alaska for Discovery Channel's cult hit documentary reality series, "Deadliest Catch," Nee was simultaneously writing the first "Wonder Pets" Christmas Special for Nickelodeon, which she completed while living in a converted World War II barracks-turned-hotel on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea. She is responsible for helping to discover fan favorite Captain Phil Harris and his sons, Josh and Jake, while doing interviews on the fishing boats. Nee received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on Season One of the series. Her other producing credits include R.J. Cutler's "The Residents" for Discovery Channel and ABC's "The Real Roseanne Show," based on actress and comedian Roseanne Barr's life.
Nee has received multiple Emmy Award nominations for writing and won an Emmy in 2002 for her work on "Little Bill," the Peabody Award-winning series based on the children's books by Bill Cosby. Her additional writing credits include the Disney Channel series "American Dragon: Jake Long," Playhouse Disney series "Johnny and the Sprites" and "Higglytown Heroes," and Nickelodeon series "The Backyardigans" and "Olivia."
Nee began her career as an associate producer at Sesame Street International and spent time in Mexico, Finland, Israel and Jordan working on the local productions of the award-winning show, before transitioning over to writing for the Sesame Workshop.
A native of Greenwich, CT, Nee is a graduate of New York University and currently resides in Venice, CA with her partner Lisa and their 5-year-old son Theo.
SANDRA DE CASTRO BUFFINGTON, Health and Medical Consultant
Sandra de Castro Buffington is director of Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, which serves as the health and medical consultants on the Disney Junior series "Doc McStuffins."
In her position, de Castro Buffington provides resources to entertainment professionals with the goal of improving the accuracy of health-related storylines on top television programs. With nearly 30 years of experience working in global health, entertainment education and emergence technologies, de Castro Buffington has consulted on such high-profile television shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "90210," "House M.D.," "Breaking Bad," "Private Practice," "Army Wives," "The Big C," "Touch," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Intervention," among many others.
The Hollywood, Health & Society program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Endowment, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior and utilizes that power to improve the health and well being of individuals and communities worldwide
De Castro Buffington is known for her award-winning work in global health and social transformation. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Poder Hispanic magazine for her work in helping to improve the health of TV audiences. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the USAID Maximizing Access and Quality Outstanding Achievement Award for her global health and social change programs, and Brazil's Award for Leadership in developing the Bahia State Reproductive Health program.
Prior to her position at Hollywood, Health & Society, de Castro Buffington was Vice President of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). Under her leadership, the flagship WomenLead program, which was designed to equip, mobilize and empower women globally, helped nurture a network of 5,000 alumni in 140 countries.
De Castro Buffington is a former associate faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a past board member of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and Primary Purpose Productions. A Brazilian-American, de Castro Buffington is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and proficient in French.