Paw Patrol has switched one Mayor Goodway voice actress (Deann DeGruijter) to increase diversity behind-the scenes.
PAW Patrol Mayor Goodway was recast and solid reasons why PAW Patrol is a popular Canadian children’s cartoon show (and larger merchandising brand) for the preschool age group. PAW Patrol has now entered its seventh season. Although it has recast voice parts before, this time it had a specific reason for doing so for the role as Mayor Goodway.
PAW Patrol is an animatedSeries about anthropomorphic talking dogs who drive rescue vehicles. “save the day”. Adventure Bay’s PAW PatrolAll your helicopter rescue, marine rescue, and police needs can be met by the EMS. The “pups” of the PAW Patrol enjoy a tremendous amount of legal authority under Mayor Goodway, the town’s mayor. Mayor Goodway has been a part of the series since its inception. While the series has been in existence since season 1, Mayor Goodway has been a fixture of the series. PAW Patrol movie It is now in Adventure City, which has expanded the action. Adventure Bay, and under Mayor Goodway, where most of the action takes place in PAW Patrol. Her main character is the one calling the PAW PatrolMost often, it is for assistance.
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Deann DeGruijter played Mayor Goodway from season 1 to 7, and Kim Roberts took over the role part-way through season 7. Mayor Goodway’s character is a woman of color, and Deann DeGruijter is not. Kim Roberts joins the voice cast of PAW Patrol with a nearly identical performance, but importantly for the show it allows a character of color to be played by a person of color, Kim Roberts. There have been other major recasts in cartoon shows like Big Mouth recently for much the same reason. Mayor Goodway’s role was recast sensitively to the message sent by the voice actor.
Mayor Goodway is the human character with the most screentime, after Ryder, the pup’s leader. If the most important character of color in one of the most important kidsA person of color cannot voice opinions on TV shows during their peak popularity. Or are there roles that people of colour can play? The political considerations of a mass-market media product today are simply not what they were seven seasons ago when PAW Patrol began. Television is a business. Although the show tried to avoid controversy, Paw Patrol is no stranger to controversy and was previously attached to a PAW Patrol cancel culture meme surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Although Deann de Gruijter’s portrayal of Mayor Goodway was loved by many, the level of political sensitivity in media continues to improve. Mayor Goodway has been recast to help the show’s behind-the-scenes diversity catch up with on-screen diversity.
As a leading children’s TV property, PAW Patrol has more power and so more of a role to set a good example of diversity. That’s not to say PAW Patrol is a perfect show. One, there is still an enormous gender gap among the pups. There are five male-identified dogs on the main team, while only one female-identified dog is there. It is possible that Liberty, the movie-created character might join the show. If this is the case PAW Patrol This will be a further step in the right direction.
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