Last year I babysat a lot. But it was great because I got to watch a lot of kidz showz, one of them being Handy Manny. There’s not a lot to say about this show besides the fact that it’s basically Bob the Builder combined with Dora the Explorer.
Manny is the owner of a small town repair shop and has talking tools that help him with his job. These tools are so extremely annoying, I don’t know how Manny stays sane. I have a weird feeling that Manny is an illegal alien and that’s why he’ll take the job that no one wants to do. That, and he’s really good with tools. Mostly because he doesn’t have to pick them up since they move on their own. I mean, I could be a repair man if that’s all it takes.
Manny speaks English and tosses in some Spanish words on occasion. Like, for whose benefit is he throwing in these words? Is he trying to teach his tools another language? That’s all the show needs-bilingual tools. Meanwhile the cats and dogs on the show only meow and bark so how is that fair?
Manny is also superrr boring. I’m blaming this on the fact that Wilmer Valderrama does his voice and he puts not effort into it at all. Like, I’ve never seen Manny excited or have any change in his demeanor. Maybe this is how all Mexican repairmen are and Wilmer is doing an excellent job portraying this role, but I just don’t get it.
The tools aren’t even bound by the laws of gravity. They float around and kind of do whatever they want which would cause me to have an anxiety attack. A flying screw driver just isn’t safe.
I read on Wiki that apparently the show takes place in the Arizona desert where a number of Spanish speaking residents live. That makes a little more sense. I was wondering why so many people knew what Manny was saying. He’ll always say the name for something in Spanish and then repeat it in English. It’s like, why don’t you just say the word in English and save yourself some breath?
All of Manny’s tools have different, quirky personalities. I can’t really keep them straight, so here’s a list of their names and what they are:
Felipe- Phillips head screwdriver.
Turner- Flat head screwdriver.
Dusty- Hand saw. (voiced by the same person who played Phil and Lil Deville on Rugrats!)
Squeeze- Hand pliers.
Stretch- Measuring tape.
Rusty- Monkey wrench.
A surprising amount of guest stars have lent their beautiful voices to this quality show: Lance Bass, Snoop Dogg (why?), Ed O’Neill, George Takei, Florence Henderson, Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Kathy Lee Gifford, Jane Lynch, Henry Winkler, Ashley Parker Angel, Weird Al Yankovic, and lots of others with latino-sounding last names.
As you can probably assume, there are many towns people and other prominent characters, but I don’t really care about them so neither should you. When it comes down to it, this show isn’t exciting and full of life. This isn’t a new concept, the animation kind of sucks, and the tools will haunt your dreams.
You nailed it: Manny is basically a grown-up male Dora. And I hate him for it.
Oh, P.S. I’m going to write a post for y’all about Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Cool?
Lol it’s totally healthy for us to hate animated people, right?
Also, awesome! Looking forward to it! Just contact me, Em, or Tim and we’ll post it for you. I’ve never heard of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood so I’m pretty excited 😀
This looks like the cheapest animation ever. LOL! I’m gad you’re still rockin’ the cartoon world and staying in the loop. 😀
Lol yeah it’s so bad. Like, why are his eyes perfectly round? Everything about this show is lazy. Yes, I will always stay in the cartoon loop just because I love it so much. It’s my duty in life to know everything about every kidz show!
My problem with Handy Manny is that it’s theme song is too complicated for kids. Even I can’t remember the lyrics. That song must have taken a long time to write.
Hah totally. The last thing kids need is a theme song that they can’t memorize. They should’ve taken a nod from Dora on that one. Hers is basically her name repeated over and over.
Manny looks like he’s wearing makeup to cover up his acne.
Maybe this show exists to get a generation of kids to desire to fix toilets and stuff? Rather than being an explorer like Dora or an architect or whatever Bob the Builder is like him, kids will be satisfied being the friend who knows how to put up a cabinet.
The tool names started off somewhat clever and then they got really lazy. Stretch? Squeeze? Come on. If you can be clever with the others and not with some then don’t try to be cute at all.
He does! Why would they give him rosy cheeks? So weird.
Hah yeah what does this teach kids? Life will be fun if you grow up to be a repair man? Slightly misleading.
I know! Felipe is so cute and then they went downhill quickly. Why do we always come to the conclusion that we would be wayyy better at making a show than anyone else who already does?
what sort of animation is handy manny? is it 2d, 3d or a mixture of both? cant make out.