Judge David Johnson's handsaw talks to him, but only in his dreams.
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's Motorcycle Adventure (published December 9th, 2009), and Handy Manny: Tooling Around (published August 21st, 2007) are also available.
"Everyone just loves my giant spinning pretzel!'
Handy Manny is back for seven episodes worth of animal high jinks.
• "Lyle and Leland Lopart"
LESSON LEARNED: Helping out your bitter soapbox derby rival will possibly earn you entrance into Heaven.
• "Blackout on the Block"
LESSON LEARNED: No one will mess with you if you're carrying a hammer and saw in the dead of night.
• "Squeeze Makes a Promise"
LESSON LEARNED: Anthropomorphic hand tools may not make the best pet-sitters.
• "Pet Problem"
LESSON LEARNED: If it weren't for the tools, there's an excellent chance Manny would be a ward of the state.
• "Kitty Sitting"
LESSON LEARNED: Mange-ridden street kittens will bring joy to a lonely Spanish man's miserable life.
• "Gopher Help"
LESSON LEARNED: Gophers that can chew through metal are terrifying and should be avoided at all cost.
• "Renaldo's Pretzel Castle"
LESSON LEARNED: Birds are stupid and hungry enough to eat a fake pretzel. They deserve all the harm that will befall them.
Typical Handy Manny action and adventure: He and the tools are called to help out one of the town's many helpless citizens, they bump into an impasse, they talk out a solution, implement it, sing a song, and then…I don't know…retire for an evening of relaxing WD-40 lubrication. The animation is clean and attractive and the storytelling simple, but easy-on-the-brain and values-ridden. You can do worse for your kiddo, especially if you're angling to get the kids speaking some rudimentary Spanish.
The disc: Full frame, 2.0 stereo, an interactive game, and way too many Disney previews.
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