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Handy Manny is a TV animated children's program launched in 2006, part of the Playhouse Disney morning block of the Disney Channel. The show features the adventures of Manny Garcia, a bilingual Hispanic handyman, and his anthropomorphic, talking tools. It also teaches young children the beginnings of Spanish and the importance of cultural diversity. A bilingual French version premiered June 3, 2009 on Teletoon alongside the original version.

The show was created by Roger Bollen, Marilyn Sadler and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Rick Gitelson. The animation is produced by Torontomarker-based Nelvana and features the voice performances of Wilmer Valderrama, Tom Kenny, Dee Bradley Baker, Fred Stoller, Nika Futterman, Kath Soucie and Carlos Alazraqui. Special guest stars in the series have included Lance Bass, Kurtwood Smith, Shelley Morrison, Fred Willard, Penn Jillette, Jane Lynch, Jon Polito, Ashley Parker Angel, Brian George, Snoop Dogg, Shannon Durig, Marion Ross, Henry Winkler, and Bob Glouberman. The theme song is performed by Los Lobos.

Synopsis

Handy Manny is set in the fictional town of Sheetrock Hills – a play on the genericized trademark for drywall in the United Statesmarker – where the titular character, Manny, owns a repair shop along with his anthropomorphic talking tools. Most 30-minute episode contain two stories; each story typically begins with Manny and the tools interacting in Manny's repair shop. While at the shop, someone calls Manny, and he answers the phone "Hola, Handy Manny's repair shop, you break it" and then the tools shout "We fix it". The caller usually needs something repaired or assembled. Manny and the Tools sing "Hop up, Jump in"while the Tools hop into his tool box. In most episodes when Manny and the Tools leave for the repair, they see Mr. Lopart and his pet cat Fluffy in front of their candy store. Mr. Lopart would try to do something on his own without any prior experience. Manny offers him to help but Mr Lopart says that he doesn't need any help, after Manny and the Tools leave the item Mr. Lopart was building would malfunction and cause a mess. Once Manny and the tools get to the repair, they collaborate on the best way to fix the broken item. Manny then goes to Kelly's hardware store where she always has the item that they need. Once they have the item for the repair they go back to the worksite and sing "We Work Together" while performing the repair.

Characters

Main human characters

  • Manuel "Manny" Garcia (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama) — the No.1 repairman of Sheetrock Hills who has anthropomorphic tools. He has a reputation for helping everyone, and was awarded the "Good Citizens Award" last season, after unknowingly repairing his own prize, a trophy. He is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. He is Abuelito's grandson and is brother to Lola. Also uncle to two boys named Pepe and Chico. He has never been seen without his hat on.


  • Kelly (voiced by Nancy Truman) — owner of a hardware store frequented by Manny and his tools. She also seems to know and have anything and everything Manny needs for his work. It is also hinted that she is smitten with Manny. In the episode "A Day at the Beach", we find out that Kelly is an excellent windsurfer.


  • Leonard Francis Lopart, usually called Mr. Lopart (voiced by Tom Kenny) — Slightly campy owner of a candy store next to Manny's workshop. He is a single middle aged man who lives happily with his cat Fluffy. There hasn't been a reference to him ever being in a romantic relationship although he has an excellent loving relationship with his mother. Mr. Lopart's know-it-all unusually high level of self confidence, attitude and refusal of Manny's assistance often lands him in trouble, usually resulting in his falling on the floor or on the objects he lifts. It should be pointed out that Mr. Lopart has accepted help from Abuelito on occasion which suggests the issue he has is actually receiving help from someone his junior. In the episode "Bingo Night" Fluffy throws all of the Bingo pieces on the floor and Abuelito offers to lend a hand. Mr. Lopart accepts his offer. His mother is Mrs. Lopart and he has twin nephews. His relative, Aloyius Lopart is known to have painted the Gift Shop in the Sheetrock Hills Art Museum.


Tools

  • Felipe (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) - is a Phillips screwdriver who always considers himself a very important tool. Sometimes, his ideas make a problem worse. He provides a lot of the Spanish language content in the show, translating for the other tools. He also loves to sing.
  • Turner (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - is a flathead screwdriver who appears to be sarcastic and cynical, who often fights with Felipe. He appears to have a secret soft spot for animals (including birds, kittens, and butterflies), although he loudly denies it.
  • Stretch (voiced by Nika Futterman) - is a tape measure who loves to measure things. He can speak out accurate measurements, is able to count well, and can use his tape as a extendable hand.
  • Squeeze (voiced by Nika Futterman) - is a pair of pliers who is sometimes impatient to fix something (usually repairs that involve bolts).
  • Pat (voiced by Tom Kenny) - is a hammer who is talkative, clumsy, and not very intelligent. His catchphrase is "I'm a hammer." He is very obsessed with nails.
  • Dusty (voiced by Kath Soucie) - is a hand saw who gives good advice. She loves to cut things like wood
  • Rusty (voiced by Fred Stoller) - is a monkey wrench (though drawn as a pipe wrench) who is not very brave and a worrywart. He sometimes needs Manny's assistance to get courage.
  • Flicker (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - is a flashlight who is still learning English and speaks Spanish completely. Felipe is the only tool that can talk to him. In the episode 'Flicker Learns English' he learns three English words, 'lock', 'there' and 'bye'. In the episode Handy Manny's Motorcycle Adventure he says 'it', 'is' and 'no'.


Minor characters

  • Abuelito - Manny's grandfather, who he occasionally does repairs for. He also appears as an expert gardener


  • Elliot - (voiced by Lance Bass) - Kelly's little brother who is a drummer and skateboarder. He often forgets things . Elliot has a pet rooster named Milton. In the episode "A Day at the Beach," it is revealed that Elliot is also a lifeguard.


  • Mrs. Portillo - (voiced by Shelley Morrison) Is a grandmotherly resident of Sheetrock Hills. She is of Mexican descent and often calls upon Manny to make repairs at her home. She is an excellent baker and runs a bakery/restaurant in town. Her grandsons are Quin and Alex and their friend is Kyle. She has a chihuahua named Carlos and a chameleon named Maurice.


  • Mayor Rosa - The Mayor of Sheetrock Hills. In several episodes Manny is asked by the Mayor to make repairs to community facilities in Sheetrock Hills.


  • Mr. Chu - The principal of Sheetrock Hills Elementary School, he features in episodes where Manny does repairs at the school.


  • Fluffy Louise Lopart - Mr. Lopart's cat, and is often involved in whatever trouble Mr. Lopart finds himself in.


  • Fixit - Manny's zoomorphic robotic "dog". She was made by Manny out of spare parts, and lives in Manny's repair shop. She goes to exciting places to do repairs.


  • Mr. Kumar - Is the Hindu owner of the Sheetrock Hills's China Shop. He appears as a very timid but friendly man, with a tendency to spoonerize when he is particularly nervous.


  • Señor Sanchez and Julieta - A middle-aged Spanish man who is often seen. He has a pet cat named Patches which the tools and Manny gave him. Julieta is his young granddaughter.


  • Sherman - Is the owner of the Sheetrock Hills Shoe Store. He is a kind but forgetful man and sometimes loses his glasses.


  • Coach Johnson - Is the Sheetrock Hills Elementary School's coach.


  • The Lees - Mrs. Lee, mother of three sons, Steven, Kevin and Nelson.


  • Señor Lopez - the science teacher of the Sheetrock Hills Elementary School. He also works as a meteorologist. (formerly played by Mario Lopez. Replaced by Steven Moreno in "Rusty's Second Wind".


  • Lola - Manny's Sister who lives in Sheetrock hills. (voiced by Annie Mumolo)


  • Pepe and Baby Chico - Manny's nephews who love him for being there for them when they need help. (Chico voiced by Mandy Burbano)


  • Dwayne Bouffant (voiced by Fred Willard) - The Sheetrock Hills news reporter.


  • Victor - Owner of the Sheetrock Hills costume shop.


  • Mr. Singh and Leela - A business man and his daughter who loves playing with her dollies.


  • The Ayalas - Mr. Ayala who moved to Sheetrock Hills from Argentinamarker who work at a car wash, then a bowling alley and has a son named Marcelo who loved to play soccer.


  • Mrs. Lopart (voiced by Marion Ross) - Mr. Lopart's Mother.


  • Magic Marty (voiced by Penn Jillette) - Magician of the magic shop.


  • Marion the Librarian (voiced by TBA) - A woman who works at the Sheetrock Hills library.










  • Oscar (voiced by Mark Steines) - Owner of Oscar's House of 18 Smoothies.




  • Frank (voiced by Phil LaMarr)- The owner of his own Barber


  • Lyle And Leland Mr.Lopart's Twins


Episodes

Handy Manny's Motorcycle Adventure

A Handy Manny primetime special has been announced. It takes viewers along on Manny’s exciting and unexpected road trip to his family reunion. The special features four new songs including “Rolling” performed by renowned East Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos. Guest voices include Donny Osmond as a farmer and Kris Kristofferson as a gas station owner, called Pops.

Handy Manny's School For Tools

On June 1 2009 it was announced that 20 animated shorts had been ordered for airing in 2010, being titled 'Handy Manny's School for Tools'. The show will introduce 10 new tools (20 in total): a jackhammer, a power screwdriver, a power socket wrench, a shop vac, a pair of needle-nose pliers, a deluxe toolbox, a laser level and a trio of crescent wrench. Their names are to be confirmed.

Crew

  • Executive Producer: Rick Gitelson
  • Writers: Rick Gitelson, Jeff Wynne
  • Directors: Charles E. Bastien, Sue Blu
  • Composer: Fernando Rivas
  • Production/Animation: Nelvana Studio/ Corus Entertainment


International broadcasting





  • Canadamarker: Playhouse Disney and Family Channel: Title is not translated. As in other countries it is bilingual. The Canadian English version of the channel is bought intact from the original version. The Canadian French version has the main language translated into French.


  • Denmarkmarker: Playhouse Disney: Title is not translated. main language is Danish and the Spanish words are translated into English. Original soundtrack (English / Spanish) usually broadcast in digital cable and digital satellite along with Swedish/English and Norwegian/English versions.


  • Francemarker: Playhouse Disney Channel: Translated as Manny et ses outils (Manny and his tools),the series is still bilingual, but the main language is translated into French.


  • Germanymarker: Playhouse Disney: Translated as Meister Manny (Master Manny), the series is still bilingual, but the main language is German and the few words in Spanish.


  • Greecemarker: ET1: Translated as O Μαστοράκος (O Mastorakos), the series is bilingual, but the main language is Greek and the few words in Spanish are translated into English.


  • Israelmarker: HOP!: translated as Nadav Yadey Zahav (Nadav Golden Hands), the English and the Spanish are both translated into Hebrew.


  • Italymarker: Playhouse Disney: Translated as Manny Tuttofare (Manny Handyperson), the series is still bilingual, but the main language is Italian and the few words in Spanish are translated into English.


  • Japanmarker: Playhouse Disney: Translated as おたすけマニー  (Otasuke Manii or Helping Manny), is bilingual, but the main language is Japanese and the Spanish words are translated into English. However, the original version (English/Spanish) can also be heard if the television is equipped with a selectable bilingual function.


  • Latin America: Playhouse Disney Channel: Translated as Manny a la Obra, the series is still bilingual format, but inverting the English and Spanish languages. Thus Manny speaks mostly Spanish with a few words in English.


  • Brazilmarker: Playhouse Disney Channel: Translated as Manny, Mãos a Obra, the series is still bilingual format, but inverting the English and Spanish languages. But the main language is Portuguese.




  • Portugalmarker: Disney Channel: Translated as Manny Mãozinhas, the English are both translated into Portuguese. But the Spanish is no translated. The Show is aired in the block Playhouse Disney.




  • Swedenmarker: Playhouse Disney: Translated as Händige Manny, the series is still bilingual, but the main language is Swedish and the Spanish words are translated into English.




  • Europe: Jetix Play: The Title is not translated but the few words in Spanish are translated into English.






DVD releases

Five DVD compilations have been released and one upcoming:
DVD Title Release Date Episodes Link ( Amazon) Other Information
Region 2 Region 1
Handy Manny: Tooling Around TBA 21 August, 2007 US Link
Handy Manny: Fixing It Right TBA 19 February, 2008 Rusty To The Rescue US Link
Handy Manny: Manny's Pet Roundup 6 July, 2009 5 August, 2008 Squeeze Makes A Promise

Pet Problem

Kitty Sitting

Gopher Help

Renaldo's Pretzel Castle

Daisy's Pet Project
UK Link US Link All the episodes in this DVD are related to animals and pets.
Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team TBA 31 March, 2009 Saving The Turtles

Science Fair

Arbor Day
US Link All the episodes in this DVD are related to recycling and caring for the earth.
Handy Manny: A Very Handy Holiday 2 November, 2009 TBA A Very Handy Holiday UK Link Language: EnglishSubtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
Handy Manny: Handy Manny's Motorcycle Adventure TBA 1 December, 2009 Handy Manny's Motorcycle Adventure US Link


Note: Episodes in bold text are bonus episodes.

References



Notes

  • The DVD 'Manny's Pet Roundup' has recently been released on 06 July 2009 in the UKmarker, making it the first Handy Manny DVD released in the world with DVD region 2.






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