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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Handy Manny : Motorcycle Adventure Review & Giveaway

I was fortunate enough to receive a preview copy of Disney's Handy Manny : Motorcycle Adventure for review.

About the DVD

Manny is on his way to a family reunion, when a twist of fate sees three of his tools stuck inside a hardware truck.

Pat (hammer) has been feeling a bit lost without any family of the hammer variety.  It is while filling up at a gas station that he spots a 'cousin' inside a Hardware truck.  Pat jumps into the truck to investigate, along with Squeeze (pliers) and Flicker (flashlight).   Before they know it, the hardware truck has left the gas station, with them still inside.

Manny hits the road in search of his missing tools, while still trying to make it to his family reunion.

I won't tell you any more, as - let's face it - these days, kids animated DVD's are made for adults too, so I'd hate to spoil the storyline for you!

Don't miss the scene with Zip (wrench) and the ducks.  One of my favourites, but I may be a little biased, as Zip is my favourite tool.

There's lots of the usual catchy songs you'd expect from a Handy Manny movie, which will see your kids bopping along.  Or, at least, mine did.  It was nice to see them grooving to something a bit more age appropriate than Lady Gaga or Britney Spears for a change.

The verdict

Handy Manny shall forever be known as VERY Handy Manny in my household.

I rate a childrens' DVD by the volume of coffee I'm able to consume before I have to go find a twin, or break up a fight, or confiscate a pen, or something inedible that is being consumed.  My kids' attention span - and, therefore, my relaxation - is the almighty yardstick by which I rate kids entertainment.

VERY Handy Manny had the twin tornado mesmerised....wait for it....the whole way through.  The.  Whole.  Way.  Through.  This is almost unheard of.  We're talking a full 45 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation.  I did not have to raise myself from the chair once.  Except to get my second cup of hot coffee.  That's right, HOT coffee.  Not one single interruption sent my coffee cold.  I actually had to blow on it to make it cool enough to sip (instead of gulping it cold) for the first time since I had kids.

Huge thumbs up from me and my kids.  Now I just need to work out exactly how many times I can play it as my chosen babysitter toddler television viewing time, before they start to recite the whole thing back verbatim.

The best part - Win a copy for yourself!

Porter Novelli have been generous enough to provide me with an additional copy of Handy Manny : Motorcycle Adventure to give away.

That's right, you too could have 45 minutes of golden silence and stillness (if you put it on repeat you will get an entire hour and a still my beating heart...).

How do you win your copy of babysitting A1 kids entertainment?

1.  Subscribe to this blog - so you'll be the first to know about the next giveaway
2.  Follow me on Twitter or Facebook
3.  Comment below with your favourite cartoon character and why

Entries close midnight WST, Sunday 3rd April, and the winner will be announced here Monday 4th April, 9am WST.

From the movie premiere, the voice of Handy Manny himself - one for the Mum's....

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.

And the winner is....

Thanks to the randomness that is 

Kimmy Southgate

Please email me your address so I can forward on to Porter Novelli and Disney.  They will send you out your own babysitter Handy Manny DVD.

Congratulations Kimmy, and thanks to everyone who entered.


  1. Handy Manny, He is not only educational but is fun playtime aswell for my 1 and 3 year old sons, Great time for a break.

  2. Without a doubt, Mufasah from the Lion King - just love saying Mufasah out loud really....

  3. Dora the explorer-imagaine how handy that backpack would be!!

  4. Charlie Brown (Peanuts) He's such a loveable loser and never gives up even though everyone around him says he should.

  5. I don't know what we're s'pose to be talking about, I just saw that picture of Wil and felt the need to share that I had a naughty dream about him the other night LOL it was so random

  6. I don't know what we're s'pose to be talking about, I just saw that picture of Wil and felt the need to share that I had a naughty dream about him the other night LOL it was so random

  7. Handy Manny, He is not only educational but is fun playtime aswell for my 1 and 3 year old sons, Great time for a break.

  8. i love oscar the grouch, there is something truly satisying in his cranky ways

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  9. I don't know if it is classed as cartoon but the Wiggles rock!! a wiggles dvd on repeat will keep my *darlings* occupied for hours! It's fantastic.. those dude's have taught my kids more than I have LOL

  10. I LOVE Mater! I grew up in Alabama, and the kids love that I can do the best impersonation of him. He's just goofy sweet!

  11. Oh my it has to be the smurfs I loved those little blue guys!!

  12. I love "Oscar the Grouch". Soft on the inside, hard on the outside.

  13. Garfield ~ 'cos he gets to laze around and eat lasagne! Oh to be an orange and black striped cat!

  14. Mickey Mouse! Loved him since the Mouseketeers

  15. Daffy Duck because he is crazy and loud like me ;)

  16. Charlie and Lola, I absolutely must watch each and every episode!

  17. Curious George, cuase as an adult it is a great show to watch as well as for kids.

  18. Special Agent OSO. He's such a goof, but he loves helping kids - an admirable quality!

  19. Timmy from Time - I love that its all innocent fun - unlike the destructive forces enjoying my home!
    *cue the 'sad Timmy' music....

  20. BUZZ LIGHTYEAR!! He's the coolest toy in the world according to Mr 3 and i cannot help but agree! We watch Toy Story 3 on average, 6 times a day and Buzzs' serious little face has me totally sucked in!!
    Just quietly, those of you who watch Greys Anatomy.. Can you see the similarities between Addison and Buzz or is it just me??? :-O

  21. Congrats Kimmy - make sure you email me your address so I can pass it on to Disney and Porter Novelli

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