Disney Channel is adding multi-cultural fix-it cartoon Handy Manny to its pre-school programming block Playhouse Disney in early 2006.
That 70's Show's Wilmer Valderamma will voice the role of Latino handyman hero Manny Garcia, who with the help of some talking tools, is the town's Mr. fix-it in this CGI animated show.
Handy Manny is created by children's TV vets Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen. Playhouse Disney, which airs at 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. and weekends at 6-10:30 a.m., launched in 1999 to promote early childhood learning.
Disney has also picked up a second season of CGI-animated Higglytown Heroes for the Playhouse.
The show, which airs daily at 8 a.m., features songs and celebrity guests who voice an episode's "hero for the day." Celebrities who guested last season include Sharon Stone, Naomi Judd, Serena Williams, Susan Lucci and Cyndi Lauper.
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