Judge David Johnson has talking hand tools as well! They only talk when he's taken too much cold medicine, though.
Our reviews of Handy Manny: Big Race (published April 30th, 2010), Handy Manny: Fixing It Right (published February 20th, 2008), Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team (published April 9th, 2009), Handy Manny: Manny's Pet Roundup (published August 20th, 2008), and Handy Manny's Motorcycle Adventure (published December 9th, 2009) are also available.
@#$% you, Dora.
Handy Manny (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama) is an animated Spanish handyman who runs around Sheetrock Hills landing any odd repair or construction job he can find to scratch out his simple existence. Aiding his manual labor-intensive exploits is a bunch of talking tools. Screwdrivers, a saw, a pipe wrench, pliers, a hammer, even some measuring tape, they all have distinct personalities as they go about taking their orders from Manny in whatever job is lined up for the day.
Five episodes on this disc, each running ten minutes.
• "Squeeze's Day Off"
• "Amigo Grande"
• "A Stick Fix"
• "Pat the Screwdriver"
Handy Manny is a nice little creation, a soft-spoken character who teaches valuable lessons about friendship and cooperation and the other typical moral lessons found in these toddler-geared cartoons. The talking tool gimmick is a nice add-on and promises lots of toy sales, despite the weirdness of seeing a pipe wrench with huge eyeballs. I'd recommend the show for kiddos, specifically little boys just getting interested in hammering nails and jamming screwdrivers up their nose. Caveat: is there a worse role model for boys than Wilmer Vilderrama?
The full-frame transfer is clean and displays the attractive animation well. This is colorful animation, with a unique look and will almost certainly appeal to most children. The only extra is a simplistic set-top game where kids—or adults if you're bored—have to match the tools with their respective jobs.
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