Western Animation: Handy Manny
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
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
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.
- Catch Phrase: Several, including:
- "You break it, we fix it" - the motto of the repair shop, said solely by Manny during calls made to him in the first season, then split between him and the tools in all later episodes.
- "I'm a hammer" - Pat's explanation for absolutely everything.
- "We Loparts..." - The way Mr. Lopart begins nearly any explanation of why he doesn't need Manny's help. ("We Loparts are experts at electronics, you know") It's
almost always false.
- Christmas Episode: "A Very Handy Holiday"
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pat.
- Continuity Nod: You can spot jobs from past episodes in the background of later ones (like a skateboard ramp built in the park once).
- Cool Big Sis: Kelly serves as one for las herramientas (the tools).
- 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.
- Crossdressing Voices: Stretch and Flicker were voiced by females. Stretch was voiced by Nika Futterman who also does the voice of Squeeze. And Flicker was voiced by Grey De Lisle.
- Deadpan Snarker: Turner, full force.
- Deus ex Machina: Kelly. Just... Kelly. Lampshaded regularly.
Turner: "Kelly has everything."
- Turner does sometimes mention that he'd like to see it subverted.
- Disembodied Eyebrows: A number of Manny's tools sport them.
- Everyone Can See It: Ask anyone who watches the show about Manny and Kelly, owner of the local hardware store. We dare you. And yes, that includes the actual demographic of the show.
- They get a Dance of Romance in one episode, for crying out loud!
- 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...
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Most of the episodes feature this.
- Face Palm: Manny does this in "Paint Job" when the tools make a mess of his demo video for his nephew, Pedro.
- Fake Interactivity: Surprisingly averted, except in some of the newer credits where Kelly's voice-over asks a fairly obvious question to the viewer.
- Fat Cats: None of the cats, including Fluffy or Patches, are slim, lean, or thin.
- Four-Fingered Hands: All of the human characters have them. Manny is usually seen wearing bright yellow gloves.
- Friendship Moment: Several.
- Good Samaritan: A "hero" example, in Manny, to the point where in the episode "A Very Handy Holiday" he and the tools missed a Christmas party because he kept stopping to help friends on the way.
- Good with Numbers: Stretch.
- Grumpy Bear: Turner.
- Growling Gut: Felipe in "Breakfast for Champions" when he was suffering starvation and fatigue. The tools didn't know what that was when they learn it's really his stomach.
Dusty: And again! What is that noise.
(Felipe's stomach growls)
Squeeze: Felipe! That noise it's coming from your tummy.
- Halloween Episode: "Halloween", obviously.
- Hard Work Montage: The repair of the day is often shown like this, set against the once-an-episode song "We Work Together".
- Hiccup Hijinks: "Felipe's Hiccups"
- The Klutz: Mr. Lopart and his cat practically break everything they touch. Pat is also a very straight example of this.
- Luminescent Blush: Turner did this after Leela kissed him. Manny and Kelly do this when showing affection.
- Manly Tears: Turner in Manny and the 7 tools.
- Meaningful Name: Felipe, who is a Phillips screwdriver and is bilingual in English and Spanish ("Felipe" is Spanish for "Phillip").
- Momma's Boy: Mr. Lopart.
- Lampshade Hanging: The episode "Light Work" has a fair amount, particularly on Kelly's chief role in the series.
- Also this line from "Flicker":
Kelly: Oh! It's a flashlight! A talking flashlight!
- 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.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Offscreen Crash: Usually involving Mr. Lopart, but occasionally with Pat or another tool.
- Only Sane Man: Turner considers himself to be this.
- 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.
- Special Guest: Guest stars, some with recurring characters, include Marion Ross, Jim Belushi, Lauren Tom, Giada DeLaurentis, and Lance Bass. Yes, that Lance Bass.
- 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Mr. Lopart
- The Chessmaster: Mrs. Portillo manipulates Manny into taking a needed day off in one episode.
- Theme Tune Cameo: An early episode ends with Manny playing the theme song's melody on a guitar.
- Written By Cast Member: Fred Stoller, Rusty's VA, has written several episodes.
- Unnamed Grandparent: Manny's grandfather is universally referred to as "Abuelito" (the familiar term for "grandfather" in Spanish), even by characters not related to him.
- The Wedding Day episode reveals his name to be "Manuel Estevez Rivera" (A name he passed down to his son, then to Manny).
- You Are The Translated Foreign Word: This happens a lot with Spanish words.