Exclusive Doc McStuffins Interview: Kimberly Brooks
“Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up!,” the second DVD compilation for Disney Junior’s hit animated TV series “Doc McStuffins,” will debut Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A must-add to the family viewing collection, the DVD comes packaged with 5 fun-filled episodes and a FREE growth chart.
“Doc McStuffins” tells the story of a nurturing six-year-old girl who heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic. Assisting Doc at the clinic are her trusty team of lovable stuffed animals including: Stuffy, an overly proud dragon; Lambie, her cuddly best friend lamb; Hallie, a jolly and caring hippo nurse; and Chilly, a snowman who spends a lot of time getting check-ups at the clinic. Whether it’s a case of loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy who has sprung a leak, Doc and her pals are always there to lend a helping hand, while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.
Regular Cast Includes: Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins); and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins)
Today, we have a special treat for ToonBarn fans! Disney Jr. setup an interview with the actress who plays the role of Mom McStuffins, Kimberly Brooks. ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell had a conversation with Kimberly Brooks, and we have all of it here:
Marc: Kimberly, Thank you for this great opportunity to talk to you about the DVD release for Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup. How are you?
Kimberly: Hey Marc. I’m great, how are you?
Marc: Super! We’d like to hear about your Character, Mom McStuffins, on Doc McStuffins. Could you please describe your character and her role on the show?
Kimberly: Well, I play the ‘D.O.G.’ Doc McStuffins, I like to say, because the Mom is really a Doctor. So, I think she’s a strong influence on little Doc McStuffins, and I think it’s really an important role. I know Disney really likes to have parents arounds and not have kids recklessly doing things.
Marc: You mean, like on Peanuts?
Kimberly: Yeah, exactly. We’re more than just a “Waaa-Waaa” in the background. Yeah, it also shows the great relationship Doc McStuffins and the Mom really have. I think it’s really special.
Marc: So, the style of this show is that Doc McStuffins has these toys that she does regular check-ups on these toys, and other people’s toys, and sometimes, toys at the arcade. So, she uses her magical stethoscope to wake up the toys so she can talk and interact with them. What do you think of the magical aspect of the show?
Kimberly: I think it’s really relatable for kids, because they use a really big part of the imagination. My daughter really likes to pretend and have pretend conversations with her doll, and stuff like that. I think it’s something that kids totally identify with. I think it works, obviously, cause the show is really successful. A lot of kids love it. I think it’s a really neat way to share ideas with kids without just telling them, “Don’t be afraid to go to the doctor”, or “It’s easy to get a checkup” when talking directly to them.
Marc: Do you think kids in this country may not feel comfortable going to the doctor, or do you think they’re OK with it?
Kimberly: I don’t know necessarily that it’s a problem, but I’m sure there are kids that aren’t as healthy as other kids that have to see the doctor more frequently, and I think it’s just gives them something to identify with. If you are sick, you may have to spend some time in a hospital or something. I know I read a few articles about kids in hospitals actually watching the show, and their spirits being lifted. I don’t know that it’s necessarily a problem, but I think it’s definitely helpful for certain children.
Marc: Certainly, the tips that Doc McStuffins gives during the episodes gives empowerment to pre-schoolers that wouldn’t know what to do in a situation like that. It also wouldn’t hurt for them to tell their parents, “Hey, something’s not feeling right here”.
Kimberly: Exactly, instead of just not knowing what to do or ignoring it. I think it does give a tool for communication with parents, like a bunch of the cartoons should do. For some reason, people are really gravitating to it, because we’ve all have had an experience going to the doctor, and we all have been sick. We’ve all had those issues, so like I said, I think it’s something that hasn’t been tapped into yet, and people are connecting with it.
Marc: I had a chance to talk to Kiara (Muhammad) yesterday.
Kimberly: She’s so sweet, I love her.
Marc: What can you tell me about Kiara, her personality, and how she’s doing with the role of Doc McStuffins?
Kimberly: I think she is a really talented little actress. She’s so down to earth and relatable, and she’s just like a normal kid. She goes to school, and I think she does such a great job in this role. People just love her voice, and she’s just a sweet girl. She’s very intelligent. She’s kind of quiet. I think she has really made the character her own. I wish we had more chance to work together. Lots of times, she’ll record before I do.
Marc: So, in the scenes where you two are together, it’s not the same in recording?
Kimberly: No, lot’s of times on this show, we pretty much record alone. There have been a couple times I have recorded with the Dad, Gary, but generally, no, we record individually. Which shows you what a great actor she (Kiara) is.
Marc: Now, is this your first role as a character on Disney Jr.?
Kimberly: Um, I believe… yes it is. Disney Jr is a pretty new network.
Marc: So, how is it different working on a network built for pre-schoolers, compared to some of the other shows you’ve worked on?
Kimberly: It’s really, really special, because I do a lot of different animation and video games and most of it isn’t suitable for children. So, it’s really refreshing to be on a show that has great writing, amazing music, a great theme, it’s positive, so I love it. I love every minute of it. It’s really a blessing to be a part of this show.
Marc: Do you take part in the singing? Are there any scenes where you sing along with them?
Kimberly: Unfortunately, the Mom, she’s an adult, so she’s oblivious to the conversations that are going on between her daughter and the animals, but fortunately, I get to play other characters on the show. For instance, I voice the “surfer girl”.
Marc: Oh, really?
Kimberly: Yes, and “surfer girl” gets to sing, and actually one of the best songs I think for next season is a song that “surfer girl” is in, and I LOVE IT. So, yes, I love singing when they give me the opportunity with other roles.
Marc: So, we won’t get to see that until next season?
Kimberly: Yeah, next season, you’re going to have to wait.
Kimberly: Ha, ha. It’s a really great episode.
Marc: OK, What is a piece of advice that Mom McStuffins might give to Doc McStuffins hat has to do with how to take care of patients?
Kimberly: That’s a very good question. Because, I think she’s already so good at it. She’s got an excellent bedside manner. And I would say to continue to do that. I mean, she really relates to the patient and is sympathetic to the patient. For me, anyway, when I go to see a doctor, bedside manner is just as important as what schools they attended, their degrees, and their credentials. I think that’s her specialty. And I think that is a part of healing her patients, too. Knowing that they are being supported, so I think she’s really got that down.
Marc: Good advice, Mom. What is the one piece of health advice that you, yourself, would give to all pre-schoolers?
Kimberly: Oh my gosh! Pre-schoolers are so healthy. Oh, I wish I had their energy!
Marc: Ha! Wish we could bottle that up, right?
Kimberly: I know! My gosh! I guess I would say, “Continue, always, to use your body and exercise, and run and jump for as long as you can.” That would be my advice.
Marc: So, you are in the realm of Preventative Health. In other words, if you are always taking care of your body, then you shouldn’t run into too many problems?
Kimberly: Exactly, Exactly. And you know your body. And you’re not going to have the surprises that you can have when you hit… a-hem… 40. You wake up, and it’s not quite as easy to get out of bed. I think about that all the time. Kids take it for granted, the energy they have. They just don’t know this. So, I think staying healthy prevents you from having to be someone who says, “Oh, gosh, I gotta get in shape.” Just maintain that energy through life.
Marc: Great. What would you say to a child that is told to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, and they are so impatient, that they are only able to do it for 10 seconds?
Kimberly: I would say, “Your mouth and your teeth are the beginning of your digestive health, and it’s the most important part.” I am a big believer in 2-minute brushing, with a timer and everything.
Marc: You know, they have toothbrushes that sing a song for 2-minutes?
Kimberly: I know, I love those. They are a genius idea. I wish I had that idea.
Marc: It’s been great to talk to you today. We want to thank you for joining us on ToonBarn. Once again, the DVD for DocMcStuffins comes out on Tuesday, May 7. Thank you, Kimberly.
Kimberly: Awesome, thank you so much!
ToonBarn wants to thank Kimberly Brooks for this very special interview, and the great people at Disney Jr for setting it up. Remember, the Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup DVD will be available in stores and online tomorrow, May 7.
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