Loretta Devine took home the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her role as Hallie The Hippo in “Doc McStuffins,” a Disney and Disney Junior cartoon series about a little Black girl who can “fix” toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends. This cartoon has become a wildly popular hit for preschoolers and parents alike because it helps kids understand that it’s not a scary thing to go to the doctor when you’re hurt.
Devine joined the cast at the show’s start in 2012 and finds it to be one of her most amazing roles. She told Entertainment Weekly, “It turned out to be far better than I ever dreamed it would be. I auditioned so much for voice-overs because it’s such a lucrative thing and they keep telling you that once you can get rolling in it, it’s a good way to work. Sometimes you can’t get on-camera work. Doc turning out to be a little African American girl worked in my favor. I played the receptionist, Hallie the Hippo and it was such a cute little part and they liked my voice. I have a soft, tiny voice I guess – it blended in very well with all the rest of the kids, so it turned out to be a wonderful thing for me.”