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 roles in the past, this time it had a reason to do so in order to play the role of Mayor Goodway.
PAW Patrol is an animatedA series about anthropomorphic talking animals that drive rescue vehicles. “save the day”. The Adventure Bay 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. The series is currently in its second season. PAW Patrol movie Expanded the adventure to Adventure CityIt is in Adventure Bay, and under Mayor Goodway, where most of the action takes place in PAW Patrol. Her main character, however, is the one who calls 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 color character in one of the most important children, a person of color cannot speak out on TV shows during peak popularity. Are there roles available for people of colour? Today’s mass-market media products are not as political as they were seven seasons ago when PAW Patrol was founded. Television is a business. Although the show tried to avoid controversy it might not have been successful. Paw Patrol is not unfamiliar with controversy. The Paw Patrol cancel culture meme was previously attached to 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. Five male-identified dogs are part of the main team. Only one female dog is included. There is speculation Liberty, a movie-created character may join the show. If this is true, PAW Patrol This will be a further step in the right direction.