Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure



Colorful cartoon teaches the importance of la familia.
  • Review Date: December 3, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Manny and the tools use Spanish words and phrases throughout the video, and always translate what they're saying.

Positive messages

The biggest emphasis in this feature is the value of family. Manny's goal is to reach his family reunion and he talks to the tools about all the ways his family supports him and makes him feel good. When the hammer can't find another hammer like him, his friends embrace him and tell him that they are his family.

Positive role models

Manny is a kind, helpful, skilled man with good friends and a close family. His only flaw is that he's too perfect to seem realistic to anyone older than 5.

Violence & scariness

Manny and the tools jump over a ravine in their motorcycle in a slightly tense scene.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

The DVD comes with a coupon that encourages consumers to buy an additional DVD for a discount. Plenty of associated merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what a family is. Why is attending his family reunion important to Manny?

  • Why does Pat try to find out more about the hammer he sees in the catalog and on the truck?

  • What do Manny and the tools learn about family when they are reunited?

Movie details

DVD release date:December 1, 2009
Cast:Wilmer Valderrama
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Great boy role models
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 10 years old February 16, 2014
Manny is a very good role model for kids.
What other families should know
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Educator and Parent Written bymamacita135 September 29, 2012

Fun music, good plot

Catchy music and a positive message. My son loves this movie, and would watch it over and over if he could. No scary parts.
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 3 years old February 2, 2010
love it
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