A CGI series started in 2006. It originally aired on the Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney block and was carried over when the block was rebranded as Disney Junior. It is also now being aired on the 24/7 Disney Junior network. It is described by many to be Bob the Builder meets Dora the Explorer.The show stars Manuel "Manny" Garcia, a Hispanic handyman living in the fictional town of Sheet Rock Hills. He's aided in his repairs by his team of talking tools: Dusty the saw, Pat the hammer, Felipe the Phillips head screwdriver, Turner the slotted screwdriver, Rusty the pipe monkey wrench, Stretch the tape measure, Squeeze the pliers, and recent addition Flicker the flashlight. The rest of Sheet Rock Hills is filled out by an ever-growing list of inhabitants, both friends and return customers of Manny's, and several one-off customers appearing in a single given episode.While it's a show written for preschoolers, if you start asking around you begin to see it has a growing Periphery Demographic, even if some people will only claim to watch it because their child/niece/dog watches it.The show also has a spin-off, Handy Manny's School for Tools.
This show provides examples of:
An Aesop: A given, since it's a kids show. It usually manages not to be as heavy-handed as other like shows, though.
Art Evolution: As is typical with animation and budget, the earliest episodes are rather rough in appearance compared to later fare.
Baths Are Fun: The tools are seen taking a bath at the end of "Paint Job". They were laughing and having a good time.
Bilingual Bonus: Spanish. Although Manny will usually explain what's the meaning afterwards, except if it's something like hello or thank you.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Most often done by Felipe, but the tools and Manny will do it every now and again, especially during any episode's token songs.
Butt Monkey: Mr. Lopart, generally because of his own refusal to be helped for his own good. Of the tools, Turner seems to have a target on his head for anything dropped or flying through the air.
Cool Bike: Manny gets a motorcycle in the episode "Flicker", which has popped up several times since then.
Crazy-Prepared: Kelly. She seems to know what Manny needs for his work.
Cowardly Lion: Although mostly "cowardly" and less "lion" Rusty has had his moments.
Creator Cameo: Rick Gitelson played the role of a police officer in a recent episode.
Crossover: Manny and his tools showed up on an episode of Special Agent Oso to help Oso help a kid who has a broken bike. Pretty easy to do, since not only are they both aired on Disney Channel, but both are also produced by Disney Television Animation.
Even the Wedding day episode shows a fantasy of the "next wedding" of Manny and Kelly getting married. Why didn't they do it then?◊ however earlier in the episode Manny and Kelly stare at each other bashfully.
In the episode "Valentine's Day Party," Manny debates whether he should ask Kelly to go with him to Mrs. Portillo- Garcia's( Abuelita's) Valentine's Day party. With the encouragement of the tools (and Abuelito, and Abuelita, and Elliot!), he finally asks her, and she accepts - as they sit together having cookies and lemonade at a table at Abuelita's party, with guests coming in the door. Well, better late than never...
Earlier in the same episode, Turner had a lampshade hung on him, which the line above later calls back to.
Turner: I-It's a talking flashlight! Manny, flashlights don't talk!
Dusty: We talk.
Turner: O-oh. Oh yeah.
Later in "Art Show" when Carmela met Beamer.
Carmela: I didn't know you're getting a level laser. And that one talks, too!
Limited Wardrobe: With perhaps a handful of exceptions, all the characters outfits remain the same. Manny has never been seen without his hat on. Even in situations in which he changes his hat for a helmet, it happens off screen.
Manny was seen without his hat in the wedding episode
Kelly always has her fanny pack on, even when she's away from the store.
Parental Abandonment: There's almost no complete family shown. In particular, despite having recently gone to a family reunion the most we've ever seen of Manny's parents is an old photograph of his mother.
Parental Bonus: Tom Kenny is one of the voice actors. This is a given.
Punny Name: Felipe's name. Felipe is a Philips-head screwdriver. Felipe is Spanish for Philip. Put two and two together.
Most of the tools names, actually. Turner the screwdriver, Pat the hammer, Stretch the tape measure...
Scenery Porn: Some of the backgrounds are ridiculously pretty for the animation style, particularly snow scenes and sunsets.
Sick Episode: "Manny's Sick Day". Manny comes down with the flu and the tools care for him. However, Dusty managed to catch Manny's flu at the end of the episode.
Squeaky Eyes: Played straight, used exclusively with the tools when they're all confused about something.
Stock Sound Effects: Played with once by Dusty in "Rusty's Second Wind", who used herself to imitate the sound of thunder by sharply warping her body. She did this because she wanted to show Rusty that thunder is nothing to be afraid of.
Strictly Formula: The earlier episodes, particularly in the first season, had Manny being called over by a resident to fix something while the tools learn a lesson. Recent episodes still have shades of the same formula, but they're beginning to break out of it.