SUNDAY afternoons in our house are movie afternoons. They include the whole family, freshly popped popcorn and a movie-length DVD. While Princess Ella’s still only three, her attention span has improved enough that she can sit through a full movie now.

This week we brought movie afternoon forward a few days to review Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure, due for release April 6. The tool-toting Hispanic, who has taught my daughter the odd bit of Spanish (see Our kids give us a sign to learn about her language learning skills), is now in his first full-length adventure.

However, it wasn’t just Ella excited about this one, after discovering it celebrated what Sunday afternoon means to us: family. The story follows Manny and his talking tools as they head out on a road trip to Manny’s family reunion.

Along the way they encounter the usual road trip obstacles – fixing motorbikes, running out of fuel, flat tyres, cows blocking roads and large ravines. However, it’s screwdriver Pat veering off in search of his own family which causes their plans to take the biggest turn of all.

Favourite parts:

  • The strong message of family values and the definition of family being more than simply blood relatives.
  • As always with Handy Manny, the importance of working together as a team to achieve their goals.
  • A toe tapping soundtrack with fantastic melody and rhyme that wasn’t long picked up by our singing diva.
  • Getting out of neutral-coloured Sheetrock Hills and using some incredibly lush countryside settings.
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Goofy’s Magical Mix-up as the bonus feature – Mickey is a favourite in this house.

In all, this is another great edition to Disney’s full length releases. It will sustain the attention of little viewers, while warming the hearts of parents through its wondeful message. 


To go in the draw to win a copy of Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure, simply:

  • Leave a comment telling us your child’s favourite Disney character
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The giveaway ends April 8, 2011. Winner will be announced on this site. Open to Australian residents only.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of the DVD courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment via Aussie Mummy Bloggers. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own

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15 Responses to WIN: Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure DVD

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  2. Cheryle says:

    My Daughter Enjoy’s the simple values of Winnie the Pooh Bear & His Friends , Including the Super Sloothe ( Darby ) Adventures and the Originals .

    • Kel says:

      Yes, Pooh is a fave here too – both the old and the new. It’s so nice introducing them to the old animations. We now have a Pooh chapter book that is “essential bedtime reading”!

  3. Elisha Squire says:

    Buzz ! Buzz ! Buzz ! Of course my twinnies love Toy Story ! It could simply be that BUZZ is word of the week too – They can only say B words! haha!

    • Kel says:

      How cute! LOL!
      We haven’t done the Toy Story movies yet, but I think they’re definitely next on the movie-watching list.

  4. Deb says:

    My sons favourite disney character at the moment would have to be buzz lightyear. Also keep up the great work, love poppin in and seeing how the three lil princesses are going…. oh and the man in the shed!!!!!

  5. melanie w says:

    my little guys is buzz and my little girls is the lttle mermaid. liker on facebook as mellie jane.

    • Kel says:

      The Little Mermaid would be a great one to introduce to Ella. I might have to hunt down a copy, Melanie.

      • melanie w says:

        we still have alot of videos so my little ones have quite a few disneys that we need to upgrade when they come out of the vault, The little mermaid is a great one for little girls they all love it i know i still do but my fav is alice in wonderland my little girl loves it also

        • Kel says:

          Alice in Wonderland, yes definitely, Melanie. Ella quite enjoyed that, which surprised me. That might be our selection for next Sunday’s afternoon movie!

  6. Liked you on Facebook 🙂 We are Handy Manny crazy in our house! At the moment though Minnie Mouse is Sophie’s favourite Disney character (although she loves to say “Jimminey Cricket”)

  7. nellbe says:

    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, that hot dog dance never fails to get us up dancing!

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