Handy Manny

Handy Manny is an American CGI-animated children's television series that premiered its first two episodes consecutively on Saturday, September 16, 2006,[2] originally as part of Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers. On American Valentines Day 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block, which lanuched at 6:00 AM ET & served as Playhouse Disney's replacement (before the "Disney Junior on Disney Channel" branding was dropped itself in January 2017 sometime after Janury 15 of that year) after the Playhouse Disney block ended its almost 14 year run the day before at 1:55 PM ET. Disney Channel's Disney Junior block, on the two aniversary of its launch, was where the Handy Manny Series Finale premiered at 10:30 PM ET, with reruns airing on the Disney Junior channel (in the US) (where the aforementioned series finale was rebroadcast that same day at 6:00 PM ET) until April 26, 2018. The titular character (as well as his counterpart from old Sheetrock Hills) are voiced by Wilmer Valderrama.[3]

Handy Manny
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GenreChildren's television series
Created by
  • Roger Bollen
  • Marilyn Sadler
Directed byCharles E. Bastien
Starring
Opening theme"Handy Manny Theme Song" by Los Lobos
Ending theme"Handy Manny Theme Song" (Instrumental)
Composers
Country of origin
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3[1]
No. of episodes113 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducersVanessa Tilley
Jane Sobol
Running time30 minutes
Production companyNelvana

Studio NM8 Inc.

Faust Logic

Salami Studios

Pipeline

Soundworks
Distributor
Release
Original networkPlayhouse Disney (2006–2011)
Disney Junior (2011–2013)
Original releaseSeptember 16, 2006 (2006-09-16) –
February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)
External links
Official website

The show was created by Roger Bollen & Marilyn Sadler, and developed for TV by Rick Gitelson. The show’s animation is produced by Canada-based Nelvana and features the additional voice talents of Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny, Fred Stoller, Nika Futterman, Kath Soucie, Carlos Alazraqui, Grey DeLisle, and Nancy Truman. The theme song is performed by Los Lobos. The series was made available on Disney+ on November 12, 2019 (the day it simultaneously launched in Canada, the Netherlands, and the US).

SynopsisEdit

Handy Manny (starring Wilmer Valderrama as Manny) is set in the fictional town of Sheet Rock Hills where the titular character, Manny, owns a repair shop along with his anthropomorphic talking tools. It is unknown exactly where this town is located, but there are a multitude of Spanish speaking residents within it and the town is surrounded by tropical plants and ocean water (as seen in the Main Title Theme of every episode and as well as seen sometimes during the end of them). This would place Sheetrock Hills in LA County in California. Most thirty-minute episodes contain two stories. They typically begin with Manny and the tools interacting in Manny's repair shop. While there, someone, usually needing something repaired or assembled, calls Manny, who answers, "Hola, Handy Manny's Repair Shop. You break it..." and then the Tools shout "We fix it!" After hearing who needs help where, Manny and the Tools sing "Hop Up, Jump In" while the Tools hop into his tool box. In each episode (except for Uncle Manny) when Manny and the Tools leave for the repair, they see Mr. Lopart with his pet cat Fluffy in front of (or inside) his candy store (which has been in business for 23 ¾ Years as of Juneteenth 2021). 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 arrive at the repair site, they collaborate on the best way to fix the broken item. Manny then goes to Kelly's hardware store where she almost always has the item that they need. Once they have the items needed for the repair, they go back to the work-site and sing "Fix It Right" while performing the repairs. In each episode, the item is fixed.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
125September 16, 2006 (2006-09-16)October 8, 2007 (2007-10-08)
241October 27, 2007 (2007-10-27)October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04)
347November 7, 2009 (2009-11-07)February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)

CharactersEdit

  • Manny[4](voiced by Wilmer Valderrama) – A 3rd generation Mexican-American repairman who lives in Sheetrock Hills. He has brown eyes and brown hair, and carries a pencil behind his ear. He wears a red and white hat, a green shirt, blue jeans, brown boots, and a yellow tool belt with a silver buckle. In the episode “Snow Day”, Abuelito, Manny’s Paternal Grandfather, reveals he never saw snow before moving to Sheetrock Hills, thus providing an explanation for Manny’s Mexican roots and confirming that Manny is in fact a Mexican American. It is unknown of the roots of his paternal grandmother or anyone on his moms side of his family as Abuelito is the only Grandparent of Manny’s to be seen on screen or even mentioned in the series
  • Kelly (voiced by Nancy Truman)[5] – A hardware store owner. She lives in Sheet Rock Hills with her friends and family. Kelly has a teenage brother named Elliot. It was explained in various episodes that Kelly loves keeping toys behind her desk for Manny and the tools to give to Chico and Pepe as gifts. Her family name is Crenshaw. Kelly almost always has the materials that Manny and the tools need for their projects.
  • Mr. Lopart (voiced by Tom Kenny)[6] – The owner of a candy store next to Manny's workshop. He is a middle-aged man who lives a happy life with his cat Fluffy (also voiced by Tom Kenny). His mother is Mrs. Lopart (who is voiced by Marion Ross) and he has twin nephews named Lyle and Leland.
  • Felipe[5] (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) – A yellow Phillips-head screwdriver (hence his name) who always considers himself to be a very important tool. He is always overconfident and popular about himself. He sometimes thinks of himself as a superhero. 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 but is not very good at it. He usually gets under Turner's skin and his headache, sometimes purposely. He bonds with Flicker and tries to bond with Turner. He also bonds with Pat sometimes.
  • Turner[5] (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)[7] – A violet flat-head screwdriver who appears to be sarcastic and is bossy to Felipe, usually going against Felipe's overconfidence. There are some cases where he shows a genuinely caring relationship with Felipe. In the season one episode "Supremoguy", Felipe needs rescuing and Turner is the first to say "I'll get ya". Also in the episode "Breakfast of Champions", when Felipe feels worn out, he shows genuine concern for him. He appears to have a secret soft spot for babies and animals (including birds, kittens, and butterflies) and for dancing, even crying in "Handy Manny & The 7 Tools", although he loudly denies it. In the episode "Tools for Toys", he is easily liked by Mr. Singh's daughter, Leela. In the same episode, she kisses him at the top of the head and he blushes. Turner loses his patience with Pat due to his lack of intelligence and with Rusty due to his fear of many things.
  • Pat[6] (voiced by Tom Kenny) – A sky blue claw hammer who is talkative, extremely silly and dumb, an idealistic tool, clumsy and not so intelligent, though he does have flashes of cleverness from time to time. He sometimes finds it hard to control his strength. His catchphrase is "I'm a hammer". He is obsessed with nails. It is hinted that he is Rusty's best friend because he is usually the first to comfort him. His lack of intelligence annoys Turner.
  • Dusty (voiced by Kath Soucie) – A red hand saw who is very smart and gives good advice. She acts as the big sister of the group and is very good with detective work by solving mysteries. She also bonds with almost all the other tools. Dusty doesn't have eyelashes despite the fact she is a female tool except when she dresses as a ballerina; which consists of a bow and a tutu. Her talent is ballet.
  • Squeeze (voiced by Nika Futterman) – A green pair of pliers. She loves to lend a helping hand, and is sometimes impatient to fix something (usually repairs that involve bolts). She also appears to be giggly, girly, and preppy. Her childlike cuteness makes her a very loveable tool. Before Flicker was introduced, she was considered the baby among the tools.
  • Stretch[5] (also voiced by Nika Futterman) – A pink tape measure who loves to measure things. He can speak out accurate measurements, has a very mathematical mind, has a good memory, He knows everything especially for numbers and measurements and can use his tape as an extendable hand. He bonds with almost every tool. He speaks with a lisp.
  • Rusty (voiced by Fred Stoller)[5] – An orange monkey wrench who is not very brave and is a worrier and frightened of everything, generally being frightened of pretty much anything. Most of the time he needs reassurance from his fellow tools and Manny. It is hinted that Pat is his best friend because he is usually the first to comfort him. Sometimes his fear of stuff allows the others to lose patience with him, mainly Turner. He bonds with Pat, Dusty, and Squeeze. He is the second-oldest tool but his intense fear of stuff makes him seem younger than he really is. In "Firefighter Manny", Rusty knows how to be not scared to be a firefighter tool.
  • Flicker (voiced by Grey DeLisle) – Manny's youngest tool (first appearing in season 2) is a marigold and blue flashlight who speaks Spanish and is still learning English (In the Tagalog version, he speaks English and learning Tagalog), slowly picking up more of the language throughout season 3. He flashes his light whenever he feels excited. In Handy Manny's School for Tools, he seems to be fully bilingual. He is shown to love food. He has freckles and Felipe has to translate what he says sometimes.
  • Fix-It – A robotic dog who lives in Manny's shop and is most likely to be Squeeze's best friend.
  • Mrs. Portillo (voiced by Shelley Morrison) - A bakery shop owner & one of Manny's good neighbors. She has two grandsons named Alex and Quinn. She became Manny's paternal step-grandmother once she married Abuelito in the episode, "Wedding Day", the same episode where it was revealed that her full name is Pilar Vargas Portillo & where Manny says that his full name was passed down from Abuelito (which would make Abuelito’s full name Manuel Esteves Garcia I or Sr.) which is why Manny’s full name is Manuel Esteves Garcia III (which makes Manny’s fathers full name Manuel Esteves Garcia Jr. or II). Initially in the Series Finale, Manny calls her Mrs. Portillo but later Abuelita. In that same episode, Kelly & Mr. Lopart call her Mrs. Portillo-Garcia. Whether Mrs. Portillo changed her name at all or not remains forever unknown. Her first husband has never been seen or mentioned on the show (except for when Abuelito, referring to himself & Mrs. Portillo, said "we have both been married before"). Abuelito’s previous marriage before Mrs. Portillo is presumably the one to Manny’s paternal grandmother. Whether she died or she & Abuelito divorced remains forever unknown. This is the same case with Mrs. Portillo, as whether her first husband died or they divorced also forever remains unknown. Mrs. Portillo has a Chihuahua named Carlos (voiced by Frank Welker), who debuted in the episode "Detective Dusty". In that same episode, Mrs. Portillo revealed Carlos to be a gift from her sister.
  • Mr. Kumar (voiced by Brian George), is the Manny's friend. Mr. Kumar is brown skin. Has black-blue hair with brown eyes. He also wears a white shirt and blue vest with yellow buttons, purple pants wearing brown shoes.

Jackie Greenway (voiced by Jane Lynch) - She works at the local park and a good friend to Manny and his tools. Mrs. Thompson (voiced by Tonye Patano) - She owns a laundromat and is a teacher at the local preschool. She once helped Kelly with her dress for a party. Abuelito (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) - Manny's Grandfather who's retired and likes to spend time with Manny and the Tools. He enjoys fishing, and knows a lot about Aztec history. Mayor Rosa (voiced by Nancy Truman) - The Mayor of Sheetrock Hills and a friend of Manny and the Tool's. She has Mannys help with the community park. Mrs. Lopart (voiced by Marion Ross) - She's Mr.Lopart's mother and they have a great mother-son bond. She likes to knit and baking cookies. She is a very good at bowling which she played for the first time in Bowling Night. Her favorite color is purple.

  • Zip (voiced by Eddie Deezen) – One of the automobic team in "The Tools New Team". He first met Stretch and Felipe. He talks fast, knows it all and works super fast as Spinner and Felipe. Zip is a power socket tool.
  • Sneeze (voiced by Tom Kenny) – A aquamarine and orange vacuum cleaner and one of the automobic team. He sneezes saw dust and other things. In The Tools New Team, Manny meets Sneeze hiding in one of the boxes. He has a long nose as an elephant and his dream is to become an actor in "Handy Manny & The 7 Tools". He is also friends with Elliot. His first appearance is "The Tools New Team".
  • Ticks and Totts (voiced by Ticks: Jesse Corti and Totts: Cristobal Parson) – Two socket wrench twin brothers. Ticks is cyan with a red stripe, while Totts is red with a yellow stripe. They each speak English and Spanish. They both meet Dusty and Flicker as they overheard them. They each has six sides like fixing Marcelo's bike. They are one of the automobic team.
  • Roland (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) – The biggest, giant, red rolling toolbox. He can be clumsy like Pat and he forgets all the time. His snoring is so loud. He also carries the automobic team. His drawers are often seen opened with the automobic team inside the drawers. He is shown to be gluttonous as shown when he ate the chips when serving food and beverages on the plane in "Hank's Birthday". Roland meets Pat and Squeeze. He is one of the automobic team.
  • Lefty, Lily, & Junior (voiced by Lefty: Mark Decarlo, Lily: Grey DeLisle, and Junior: Kath Soucie) – Combination wrenches and a happy family. Lefty is orange and he is a father. Lily is yellow and she is a mother. And Junior is their son and he is light blue. They all met Turner and Rusty. Lily can be emotional at times. Lily is overprotective to Junior. Junior can be shy sometimes. Lefty knows that Junior can do his best. He is also shown to have a close father-son relationship with Junior as well. Junior is as cheerful as Squeeze. They are part of the automobic team.
  • Beamer (voiced by Steve Moreno) – A wobbly laser level. He first appeared in "Art Show" at Kelly's hardware store. Beamer knows how to straighten things out. Beamer later got adopted by Carmella as her own tool.
  • Spinner (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) – One of the two power tools. He considered the fastest power drill in Concrete Falls. He is best friends with Jack. Also appears in Big Construction Job.
  • Jack (voiced by Daran Norris) – A jackhammer and one of Manny's power tools. He can go fast too just like Spinner. Also appears in Big Construction Job.
  • Pinzas (voiced by Kath Soucie) – A purple pair of needle nose pliers who shares his character with Squeeze. Only appears in School for Tools.

Special guestsEdit

Special guest stars in the series have included...

Dubbed VersionsEdit

The series not only aired Spanish-Dubbed versions of its episodes on the "Disney Junior en Univision" block on Planeta U (weekends from May 31, 2014 to May 26, 2018) but also aired Hebrew-Dubbed versions of its episodes on Hop! Channel. [8] The series aired in Russian on Disney Channel Russia.When the series was released on Disney+, several dubbed versions (whose languages were derived from Latin) were made available. Languages of these dubs include (but might not be limited to) Spanish, European & Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, French, Ducth, Danish, & Swedish.

DVD releasesEdit

Seven DVD compilations have been released

DVD title Release date Episodes Other information
Region 2 Region 1
Handy Manny: Tooling Around January 25, 2010 August 21, 2007 Squeeze's Day Off
Amigo Grande
A Sticky Fix
Pat the Screwdriver
Supremoguy
Handy Manny: Fixing It Right TBA February 19, 2008 Manny to the Rescue
Felipe Strikes Out
Pat's Big Idea
Rusty to the Rescue
Detective Dusty
Handy Manny: Manny's Pet Roundup July 6, 2009 August 5, 2008 Lyle and Leland Lopart
Blackout on the Block
Squeeze Makes a Promise
Pet Problem
Kitty Sitting
Gopher Help
Renaldo's Pretzel Castle
All the episodes in this DVD are related to animals and pets.
Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team TBA March 31, 2009 Saving the Turtles
Science Fair
Manny Goes Solar
Light Work
Bloomin' Tools
All the episodes in this DVD are related to recycling and caring for the earth.
Handy Manny: A Very Handy Holiday November 2, 2009 TBA A Very Handy Holiday
Have a Handy New Year
Language: English

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure TBA December 1, 2009 Motorcycle Adventure
A Very Handy Holiday
Handy Manny: Big Race TBA April 20, 2010 Big Race
Fast Eddie's Scooter
Bunny in the Basement
Handy Manny: Happy Birthday! April 26, 2010 TBA Cinco-De-Mayo
Pinata Party
Skateboard Park
Handy Manny: Big Construction Job November 7, 2010 November 16, 2010 Big Construction Job/Good Fences/Butterfly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "News". News.toonzone.net. Retrieved July 31, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Seattle Times: Television: Kids will find a lot to like in this fall's new TV shows". Seattle Times. September 9, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 264. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors – Handy Manny". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Terrace 2008, p. 428
  6. ^ a b Madden, John (January 23, 2010). "Mr. Lopart and SpongeBob stop by: a chat with voiceover legend Tom Kenny". Wired. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Rudolph, Joyce (February 6, 2010). "The active voice". Burbank Leader. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  8. ^ "Univision Network Adds Disney Junior Hit Series "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" & "Handy Manny" to its "Planeta U" Saturday Morning Children's Block". Univision. June 3, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
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