A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Spanish terms and phrases and their English definitions are embedded in the dialogue, so kids will gain some familiarity with the language by listening to the characters talk. The story exposes kids to some important but lesser-known jobs within a community, including a mechanic, a handyman, and a shop owner. Positive interpersonal messages about relationships, compassion, and standing up for a good cause are integral to the story.
Cooperation, teamwork, friendship, respect, problem solving, and perseverance are just a few of the story's positive messages to preschoolers. Neighbors pitch in for a good cause and to help one of their own, and the array of diverse characters reflects the many roles that people play in a community and the strength that comes from them combining their individual gifts. Catchy songs remind kids to do their best and always stand up for what's right. There's some strong emotion tied to the storyline, but the end result is a happy one.
Positive Role Models
Characters big and small have unique talents that allow them to help their neighbors, and when they can't solve a problem on their own, they ask for help from someone who can. They think creatively and value each job that's done, and when they make mistakes, they acknowledge and learn from them.
Products & Purchases
The movie (and its parent show) is tied to an extensive merchandise line of toys, clothing, books, games, and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Handy Manny Great Garage Rescue is a TV special with strong messages for kids about being helpful, doing the right thing, standing up for a good cause, and solving problems. The characters' diversity reminds kids that people fill a variety of jobs within a community and that no person's individual talents are more or less important than another's. Characters speak in both Spanish and English, so kids are exposed to common terms like "amigo" and "muy bien," along with their translations. The emotional story surrounding Ruben's loss of his family's garage will tug at some viewers' heartstrings, but kids will revel in the happy ending and walk away mindful of the story's positive lessons.
Is It Any Good?
This 45-minute special will captivate preschoolers with its colorful characters and their big personalities, and the varied cast illustrates for kids how diversity strengthens a community. Just as each person has a job to do -- and each tool performs a specific task -- it's the cooperation among the many different players that culminates in a successful job. This feel-good message exists in each of Ruben and Manny's repairs, each interpersonal relationship, and of course, the overall story of working together to save Ruben's garage.
It's impossible not to like these delightful characters and their cooperative approach to solving problems. There's even more cause for celebration in the story's strong messages about family heritage as it relates to Manny and Ruben's pride in their family's business and in their Hispanic culture. Even the songs in Handy Manny Great Garage Rescue incorporate kid-friendly themes in their lyrics, ensuring that kids won't miss out on the hearty content that this feel-good story has to offer.
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