Doc McStuffins – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 Wanda Sykes and Portia De Rossi Guest Star on Doc McStuffins http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/portia-de-rossi-doc-mcstuffins/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/portia-de-rossi-doc-mcstuffins/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:00:16 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=85225 Disney Junior’s award-winning preschool show Doc McStuffins has always made a point to be progressive and to carry a message of acceptance, making it a great show for teaching kids how to build a more inclusive, friendly community as they grow older. Now, it ups the ante as it will be the first show on […]

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Disney Junior’s award-winning preschool show Doc McStuffins has always made a point to be progressive and to carry a message of acceptance, making it a great show for teaching kids how to build a more inclusive, friendly community as they grow older. Now, it ups the ante as it will be the first show on Disney Junior to feature an LGBT couple in a storyline. As a bonus, the characters are also voiced by two of Hollywood’s most famous representatives of the movment—Wanda Sykes and Portia De Rossi.

Titled “The Emergency Plan,” the episode will feature a doll family with two moms who are caught unprepared when a toy dragon creates an earthquake by jumping up and down. When the family gets separated, Doc McStuffins teaches them about how to be prepared in the future. (You can watch it online at watchdisneyjunior.go.com/doc-mcstuffins)

“I always envision Doc McStuffins as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world, and shows everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville,” said series creator Chris Nee, who also wrote the episode.

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Winnie the Pooh Guests in Doc McStuffins http://www.toonbarn.com/winnie-the-pooh/winnie-pooh-guests-doc-mcstuffins/ http://www.toonbarn.com/winnie-the-pooh/winnie-pooh-guests-doc-mcstuffins/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:00:17 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78365 Disney’s Doc McStuffins essentially revolves around toys that come to life through the eyes of a young girl, so when it comes time to do an intra-franchise crossover, what better property to bring in than the one about toys that come to life through the eyes of a young boy? We’re talking about Winnie the […]

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Disney’s Doc McStuffins essentially revolves around toys that come to life through the eyes of a young girl, so when it comes time to do an intra-franchise crossover, what better property to bring in than the one about toys that come to life through the eyes of a young boy? We’re talking about Winnie the Pooh, of course.

According to a recent announcement, a very special episode of Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins titled “Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” will debut on National Winnie the Pooh Day, Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 – 8:00 PM EST. As the title implies, the episode will feature Winnie the Pooh. What sets it apart from other Doc McStuffins episode is that instead of Winnie the Pooh making an appearance as one of Doc Mcstuffin’s patients, it is Doc and her toys who are magically transported to the Hundred Acre Wood where they meet the rest of Pooh’s friends and aid in the search of Pooh, who has mysteriously gone missing a few days before his favorite event of the year – The Honey Festival. The episode will also see Christopher Robin meeting and bonding with Doc over their shared ability to talk to toys.

“Winnie the Pooh books and animation have always been hugely important to me, so it’s a personal dream come true to be able to bring together the worlds of the Hundred Acre Wood and McStuffinsville, especially since Christopher Robin is the original human famous for talking to his stuffed animals and toys,” creator and executive producer Chris Nee says. “This episode is an homage to the original Disney animation and storytelling styles, from the original songs, including a hat tip to the Sherman Brothers, to the visuals which evoke old school Winnie the Pooh.”

“Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” features two original songs, “Follow That Bear!” and “Think Heavy Thoughts,” both written and produced by Michelle Lewis, Kay Hanley and Dan Petty. Winnie the Pooh also sings the series’ iconic song “I Feel Better.”

Guest starring are Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Travis Oates as Piglet, Peter Cullen as Eeyore and Oliver Bell as Christopher Robin. Doc McStuffins stars Laya DeLeon Hayes as Doc, Loretta Devine as Hallie, Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, Robbie Rist as Stuffy, Jess Harnell as Chilly, Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins, Kimberly Brooks as Mom McStuffins, and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. “Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” was written by Chris Nee and directed by Brónagh O’Hanlon.

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Disney Announces Star-Studded Guest Voices Line-up for Doc McStuffins http://www.toonbarn.com/disney/disney-announces-star-studded-guest-voices-line-up-for-doc-mcstuffins/ http://www.toonbarn.com/disney/disney-announces-star-studded-guest-voices-line-up-for-doc-mcstuffins/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:00:06 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=58159 Disney Junior’s critically-acclaimed CG preschool series Doc McStuffins has just announced a star-studded list of guest stars for its fourth season, which is due for this Summer. The all-star list includes Anthony Anderson (ABC’s black-ish), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles), Ellen Pompeo (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire),Vanessa Williams (The Good Wife) and the previously announced […]

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Disney Junior’s critically-acclaimed CG preschool series Doc McStuffins has just announced a star-studded list of guest stars for its fourth season, which is due for this Summer. The all-star list includes Anthony Anderson (ABC’s black-ish), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles), Ellen Pompeo (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire),Vanessa Williams (The Good Wife) and the previously announced Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges.

The fourth season will be following the titular character and her toy friends as they are magically transported to a make-believe town full of toys, with Doc herself serving as the chief resident of the Toy Hospital. The series stars Laya DeLeon Hayes as Doc, Loretta Devine as Hallie, Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, Robbie Rist as Stuffy, Jess Harnell as Chilly, Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins, Kimberly Brooks as Mom McStuffins, and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins.

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Doc McStuffins App Makes its Way to Android and Kindle http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/doc-mcstuffins-app-android-kindle/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/doc-mcstuffins-app-android-kindle/#respond Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=44771 The his iOS app Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up! Has just been released for Android devices via the Google Play Store and for Kindle tablets via the Amazon App Store. Priced at $3.99, the app is one of Disney’s most successful apps to date, being named by Apple as its 11th most popular […]

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The his iOS app Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up! Has just been released for Android devices via the Google Play Store and for Kindle tablets via the Amazon App Store. Priced at $3.99, the app is one of Disney’s most successful apps to date, being named by Apple as its 11th most popular paid app for 2013.

Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up! Features the beloved characters from the popular CG preschool series, from the eponymous little doctor to her cute little toys Hallie, Lambie, and the rest of the gangs. The app will give kids a chance to be inside the Doc’s clinic, where they can choose from four different development activities.

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Check-Up has kids helping the Doc herself diagnose and cure patients, while Mixupitis gives them a chance to help make sure that the toys have the right parts. Doctor’s Kit is an open ended activity that uses the device’s camera as a virtual stethoscope, otoscope or X-Ray machine. Lastly, The Picture Stickers lets players use show-themed digital stickers to decorate pictures, and The Big Book of Boo Boos says the names and diagnoses of cured patients for the young healer’s reference.

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Season 2 of Doc McStuffins Starts in September http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/season-2-doc-mcstuffins-starts-september/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/season-2-doc-mcstuffins-starts-september/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=41731 According to a recent announcement from its parent company, Disney Junior’s groundbreaking CG-animated preschool series Doc McStuffins will kick off its second season this coming September 6. In support of the premiere, Disney Channel and Disney Junior has commissioned a 27 foot Airstream trailer dubbed “The Doc Mobile,” which will tour and promote the show […]

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According to a recent announcement from its parent company, Disney Junior’s groundbreaking CG-animated preschool series Doc McStuffins will kick off its second season this coming September 6. In support of the premiere, Disney Channel and Disney Junior has commissioned a 27 foot Airstream trailer dubbed “The Doc Mobile,” which will tour and promote the show around the country.

The Doc Mobile aims to promote good health and nutrition, as it will invite kids from all over the country to give their toys a check-up, while taking part in other health and wellness lessons, such as nutrition and physical development.

The Doc Mobile will start its tour on Sunday, August 18 at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and will make its way to New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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Disney Jr. Premieres Doc McStuffins Spinoff This Summer http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/disney-jr-premieres-doc-mcstuffins-spinoff-summer/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/disney-jr-premieres-doc-mcstuffins-spinoff-summer/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=40628 Fans of Disney Junior’s groundbreaking preschool hit Doc McStuffins will have something to feel excited about this summer, as the network will debut a new short-form series extension titled The Doc Files as part of the Disney Channel lineup on Monday, July 22, at 9:25 AM and on Disney Junior at 7:55 PM. The Doc […]

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Fans of Disney Junior’s groundbreaking preschool hit Doc McStuffins will have something to feel excited about this summer, as the network will debut a new short-form series extension titled The Doc Files as part of the Disney Channel lineup on Monday, July 22, at 9:25 AM and on Disney Junior at 7:55 PM.

The Doc Files delves deeper into the Doc’s keen deductive skills as she provides an in-depth look at specific cases and diagnoses after the clinic doors close for the day. The series is produced using a combination of the show’s quality CG animation and 2D flash, with each episode featuring the Doc dictating a toy patient’s chart and recalling how she managed to solve the problem.

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Exclusive Doc McStuffins Interview: Kimberly Brooks http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/exclusive-doc-mcstuffins-interview-kimberly-brooks/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/exclusive-doc-mcstuffins-interview-kimberly-brooks/#respond Mon, 06 May 2013 18:21:41 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=39161 “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 […]

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“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.

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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.

Marc:  UHHH!

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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Exclusive Doc McStuffins Interview: Kiara Muhammad http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/exclusive-doc-mcstuffins-interview-kiara-muhammad/ http://www.toonbarn.com/doc-mcstuffins/exclusive-doc-mcstuffins-interview-kiara-muhammad/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 18:16:23 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=39157 “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 […]

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“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.

ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell was able to talk to Kiara Muhammad, the voice of the lead character on Doc McStuffins, thanks to Disney Jr. Here is that full conversation for your enjoyment:

Marc:  Hi, Kiara.

Kiara: Hi, Marc.

Marc:  Let’s start at the beginning. You are originally from Boston, right?

Kiara:  Yes.

Marc:  At what point did you know you had the talent for acting?

Kiara: Well, for me, I think I wanted to do this since I was 6 or 7.  But my Mom and Dad noticed I had a perky personality when I was 4, I think. So, they really started me in photo shoots and stuff, and I thought, “Yeah, I like the camera.” So, I took to liking acting.

Marc:  Was it stage acting that you started with?

Kiara: I did stage acting first. Then, I auditioned for commercials. Then, eventually, TV Shows.

Marc:  And is that when you made the switch to New York?

Kiara:  That was when I was doing more commercials and Theatre, when I was around 8.

Marc: At what point did agents, management, and the move to L.A. occur?

Kiara:  I was in New York for a year, so I moved to L.A. when I was 8, and that’s when I started the TV auditions.

Marc:  What sparked going to L.A., and your first gig?

Kiara: My first gig? I think my first gig in L.A., I was auditioning for a lot of Disney stuff, and I eventually tested for a Disney show.  I didn’t get it, but then they brought me back and I eventually got a pilot.  So, I was just really busy with a lot of Disney stuff that year, and I think that was one of my first gigs, but I had done commercials before that.  

Marc:  Had you done guest spots on any other shows?

Kiara:  I was on Mike and Molly, and Hannah Montana, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and NCIS.

Marc: Wow!  I also noticed from seeing Doc McStuffins that you learned how to speak with an English accent, and you probably already had the Boston and New York accents as well, right?

Kiara:  A little bit. The New York accent is really difficult for me for some reason, like I can do the “chawclate” (for chocolate), but some other words, it’s kind of confusing. I’m not sure if it’s the Boston accent mixed with New York or if it’s full New York. I’m still working on it.

Marc:  I think you’re doing very well.  How did you get the role for Doc McStuffins?

Kiara:  I just auditioned like any other role.  I got a call back, and I ended up getting it.  

Marc: So, how thrilling was it when they offered you the lead role in Doc McStuffins?

Kiara:  I was really shocked because it was one of my first voice-over roles. To get a lead in a series, I was kind of proud, but I was really surprised, because I know there were people who were in the voice-over industry longer than me. But, I was really happy.  I have to be doing something right if I got the role over all these people.

Marc:  Ok, let’s talk about the show, Doc McStuffins. The main premise of the show is that your the doctor to the toys. You somehow have this magical stethoscope that, when you put it on, it brings the toys to life, but only in your presence, and you give them checkups.

Kiara: Yes.

Marc: So, your character has been labeled, “The Toy Whisperer” in other articles written about Doc McStuffins, because the character is able to figure out what is going on with the toys and fix them.

Kiara: Yeah, I guess that’s actually a good name for her.

Marc:  Now, do you see how this relates to “Toy Story”, where the toys are always alive, but no people ever know about it?

Kiara: Yes, I guess so.

Marc: Is this really a “magic” thing, or is it just a really vivid imagination that Doc McStuffins has?

Kiara: I think it’s magic, because I honestly don’t think her imagination would totally do the crazy things that happen on this show. All the characters are different. One’s really sassy. One’s scared. One’s energetic. One’s really sweet. They’re these really detailed toys. I think it’s magic, but it could me some imagination too, because she can make it whatever she wants.

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Marc: Yeah, pretty much.  I saw the episode on the DVD, Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup, where Xyla the xylaphone had a key that had come loose. Her friend, who owned the xylaphone, was really bummed, so Doc said she would take it in, while she was at lunch, and give the toy a checkup. In the course of doing all this, there’s a message that comes through to pre-schoolers, in the form of health tips, right?

Kiara: Yeah, that you have to take care of yourself because if you don’t, it could cause some complications with your body or your mind or whatever.  You should take care of yourself, whether it’s washing your hands, flossing every day, or exercising to keep yourself healthy

Marc:  There’s not a lot of pre-school shows doing that these days, right?

Kiara: No, there isn’t.

Marc: I think there’s another lesson here: take good care of your toys, because they could get hurt.

Kiara: (Laughing) Huh, yeah.

Marc: Did you see Toy Story 3?

Kiara: I believe I did, yeah.

Marc: At one point, the pre-schoolers were just tearing apart the toys, with no regard for the health of the toys at all.

Kiara: Right.

Marc:  I think kids would learn to treat their toys well on DocMcStuffins.

Kiara: Absolutely.

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Marc: What season are we on now for Doc McStuffins?

Kiara: This is the second season.

Marc:  How long do you think they can keep the show going?

Kiara:  I think they’re going to keep it going because the writer, Chris (Nee), she has so many ideas, for like toys and situations where toys get hurt.  I think she could literally write the series for at least 8 years, like honestly, I think they could do that.

Marc: You don’t foresee any changes happening to your voice as a result of getting older, do you?

Kiara: No, I don’t think so.  I just put my voice high.  It’s not like I do something really weird with my voice.

Marc:  Yeah, you still sound very young. I am sure you do something to make it sound younger.

Kiara: Yeah.

Marc:  Would you be able to give an example of a line from one of the episodes?

Kiara:  I don’t have any lines with me.  

Marc:  There was the “Gulping Gators” episode, where the one Gator felt sick, and Doc said, “You have too many marbles in your tummy. ”

Kiara: Ok, (as Doc McStuffins): You have too many marbles in your tummy.

Marc: Oh, I see it now.  I see the slight differences, even in just that small phrase. There’s these slight little things you do, like at the beginning and end of words that make it twist just a little bit. That is a special talent right there.

Kiara: Thank you.

Marc:  I never understood how older people could do young voices, but there was a lot going on in that little line there.  You also do some singing in the show. Was that a part of the audition as well?

Kiara: Yeah, I sang the theme song in the audition and call back.

Marc: So, they knew right away that you had the voice talent and the singing talent?

Kiara: Yeah.

Marc:  With the DVD Release for Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup, are there any extras that come with the DVD?

Kiara: There’s a growth chart that comes with it.  They get a free growth chart.  I think it will have characters on it, so they can draw on it, or hang it up in their room or something.

Marc: Ok, great.  Kiara, I want to thank you for spending some time with us today on ToonBarn.

Kiara: Thank you, Marc.

ToonBarn wants to thank Kiara Muhammad for this very special interview. Thank you to Disney Jr as well, for setting it up. Remember, the Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup DVD will be available in stores and online tomorrow, May 7. Check it out!

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