Disney // 2007 // 58 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 20th, 2008
Gear up for fun!
When something breaks in your house or place of business, what do you do? Fix it yourself?!? You're kidding, right? Look at you. You can barely put your pants on in the morning, let alone tell the difference between a hex wrench and a distributor cap. So before you accidentally saw off your index finger, get on the phone and give Handy Manny (Wilmer Valderrama, That '70s Show) and his box of talking tools a call.
Yes, Handy Manny, the soft-spoken, bilingual repairman who travels around town taking care of odd jobs with his assortment of talking tools and their distinct personalities. Each episode presents Manny with a new challenge that will display such delightful concepts as teamwork and creativity and friendship.
Here are five more episodes worth of repairs and smiles!
* "Fixing it Right"
Manny gets the call to help out the fire chief when his siren isn't working. And he better get working quick because there's cat stuck in a tree. Manny and his tools get some inspiration from a friend and save the cat, fix the siren and construct an awesome cat playset at the same time.
* "Felipe Strikes Out"
The bowling alley is in need of some Handy Manny love and when word gets out of the fantastic repair job, Felipe (the Phillips head driver) takes credit for Turner's effort. When an ambitious TV producer thinks a Spanish-speaking screwdriver would make a great subject for a TV show, Felipe refuses to give Turner the credit he deserves.
* "Pat's Big Idea"
Manny and his toolbox are stumped by a particularly challenging job -- a forklift is wedged underneath a garage door. And believe it or not, Pat the Hammer comes up with the idea of letting the air out of the tires. He's belittled at first, until the tools realize that he just might be onto something...
* "Rusty to the Rescue"
The local playground is falling apart, making the jungle gym a hazard to the children. But to loosen the bolts and replace, them Manny will need the help of Rusty the Wrench. Unfortunately, Rusty is deathly afraid of heights. Can he overcome his phobia in time to bring happiness back to the world?
* "Detective Dusty"
When a pair of missing socks causes a miniature mystery, Dusty the Saw takes it upon himself (or herself, I'm not entirely sure of Dusty's gender) to get to the bottom of the puzzle. Dusty thinks a Chihuahua named Carlos might be involved. That would have been my first guess, too.
If you're looking to ease your kid into a foreign language and you want that language to be Spanish, here's an option for you. Handy Manny is a nice little slice of animation, with each episode running about 10 minutes, and featuring a Very Special Life Lesson. The animation is simple and colorful and attractive and should appeal to younger viewers.
Full frame and 2.0 stereo (English and Spanish languages) are the technical specs and the only extra is an interactive game.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 58 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Site
* DVD Verdict Review - Tooling Around