A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this short film derived from a Disney TV show teaches lessons about cooperation, friendship, and the importance of family. Manny and his tools incorporate Spanish words and phrases into their everyday speech, always providing an immediate translation, which can encourage viewers to think more about language and other cultures. Cultural and gender diversity is woven into the show.
What's the story?
In this DVD offshoot of the popular Disney TV show, handyman Manny prepares to go to his family reunion where he plans to introduce his talking tools to his aunts and uncles. He talks to the tools about the reason for a family reunion, occasionally singing songs and dancing the merengue in the process. On their drive to the reunion, Manny and his pals run into a few mishaps. With the skill of Manny, the aid of the tools, and help from others, the group overcomes its challenges. In the meantime, the hammer named Pat chases after an advertising image that he thinks might lead him to a family member. He ends up getting lost, and ultimately realizing that Manny and his fellow tools are his true family.
Is it any good?
Handy Manny is a very appealing character and his tool friends are charming, with slight variations in their personalities to keep it interesting. The show is packed with positive messages and has a bright, colorful appearance. Preschoolers will be engaged, though parents might tire of the somewhat generic plot.
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