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Handy Manny: Big Construction Job

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fix-it crew's big-city move teaches kids social lessons.

Movie NR 2010 67 minutes
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HANDY MANNY: BIG CONSTRUCTION JOB exemplifies the benefits of kids' TV done right. It starts with colorful characters, adds a sweet story, and mixes in multiple layers of positive messages illustrated in ways kids won't likely miss. From Manny's decision to leave Sheetrock Falls to the tools' fears that their new peers are better than them, the characters' troubles are relatable issues for preschoolers, giving parents and kids lots to talk about at the end.

As if these social themes aren't enough, the show also offers kids plenty of other content that feeds their need to understand the world around them. Manny and many of the characters are bilingual and routinely include Spanish words and phrases -- followed by their English translations -- in their conversations. Not only is the cast multicultural, it also challenges traditional gender roles by casting a female hardware store owner and gives female voices to a few of Manny's tools.

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