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Everyone's Hero is a 2006 American computer-animated sports comedy film directed by Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, and Daniel St. Pierre. It was produced by IDT Entertainment in Toronto, with portions outsourced to Reel FX Creative Studios. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and released theatrically on September 15, 2006. Everyone's Hero earned $16 million worldwide during its theatrical run. The film stars Jake T. Austin, William H. Macy, Rob Reiner, Brian Dennehy, Raven-Symoné, Robert Wagner, Richard Kind, Dana Reeve, Joe Torre, Mandy Patinkin, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. Everyone's Hero was released on DVD on March 20, 2007, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Plot

In 1932 during the Great Depression Yankee Irving (Jake T. Austin) is young baseball fan, whose father Stanley (Mandy Patinkin) works as a janitor for New York City's Yankee Stadium. While the two are on the premises, a thief steals Babe Ruth's famous bat Darlin' (Whoopi Goldberg), with the result that Yankee's father is blamed and fired, who blamed Yankee for stealing it and framing his own father. The true thief is Lefty Maginnis (William H. Macy), a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Lefty works for Cubs owner Napoleon Cross (Robin Williams), who desires to see the Cubs defeat the Yankees during the 1932 World Series.

Stealing the bat back, Yankee decides to return it to Ruth and thereby exonerate his father by journeying across the country to Chicago, where the next World Series' games will be played. Darlin' is able to speak, as does her counterpart Screwie (Rob Reiner), a baseball, who she constantly argues and bickers with (though near the end, they finally become friends). Much of the plot is driven by Lefty's comic attempts to retrieve the bat from Yankee, with slapstick results. Other scenes involve Yankee meeting others who will help him in his quest: several hobos (Ed Helms); Marti (Raven-Symone), an African American girl; her baseball player father Lonnie Brewster (Forest Whitaker); and in Chicago, Babe Ruth himself (Brian Dennehy).

A series of improbable coincidences allows Yankee himself to bat for the Yankees, resulting in the archetypal home run (technically, a series of errors after an infield pop-up that allow him to round the bases). This restores the morale of the Yankees, who score 7 more runs to take the lead and win the World Series. Cross tries to talk Babe Ruth out of accepting the victory, saying that Yankee is too young to be a counting player. This leads to the arrest of Cross, who simply says that he was a fan that cheated. When his part in the plan is revealed, Lefty is banished from the team, although he is able to stay out of jail. Yankee also successfully exonerates his father. Yankee returns home, now knowing what is truly important in baseball.

Cast

Main

Supporting

  • Cherise Booth as Rosetta Brewster
  • Ritchie Allen as Officer Bryant
  • Jason Harris Katz (credited as Jason Harris) as Announcer
  • Ed Helms as Hobo Louie
  • Ray Iannicelli as Conductors/Umpire
  • Gideon Jacobs as Bully Kid Tubby
  • Richard Kind as Hobo Andy / Maitre'D
  • Marcus Maurice as Willie
  • Will Reeve as Big Kid
  • Ron Tippe as Hobo Jack
  • Robert Wagner as Mr. Robinson
  • Joe Torre as New York Yankees manager
  • Jesse Bronstein as Sandlot Kid #1
  • Ralph Coppola as Sandlot Kid #2
  • Conor White as Bully Kid Arnold

Additional voices by Ritchie Allen, Rochelle Hogue, Sondra James, Matthew Laborteaux, Greta Martin, Christie Moreau, Sean Oliver, Charles Parnell, Dennis Pressey, Tyler James Williams and Cornell Womack.

Home media

Everyone's Hero was released on DVD on March 20, 2007 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The movie was released on Blu-ray on March 5, 2013 and is exclusive to Walmart stores.[1]

Reception

Box office

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $6.1 million in 2,896 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #3 at the box office, behind Gridiron Gang and The Black Dahlia. By the end of its run, Everyone's Hero grossed $14.5 million in the US and $2.1 million internationally, for an approximate total of $16.6 million worldwide.[2]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 51% based on 20 reviews, which indicates "mixed" reviews.[3] Another aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, scored the film 41% based on 69 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Everyone's Hero is such a predictable and bland tale that it'll appeal mostly to little kids; others seeking something in Pixar's league are looking in the wrong ballpark."[4] Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News wrote, "Whoever wanders into the theater should leave a winner".[5] L.A. Weekly called the themes "fairly pro forma" and cited the film's "antique Rockwellian look" as "its greatest pleasure".[6] Gregory Kirschling of Entertainment Weekly rated it B− and wrote, "Everyone's Hero re-creates Depression-era America with surprisingly agreeable anachronistic panache", though he criticized the character designs.[7]

Cable syndication

In the United States, Cartoon Network aired Everyone's Hero on April 12, 2009. Cartoon Network later added the movie to its rotating lineup again on November 5, 2016, treating it as the network premiere of the movie. In Latin America, Cartoon Network Latino aired the film on November 23, 2011. In Asia, Disney Channel premiered May 29, 2012. It also aired on Disney XD in the United States on April 8, 2013, and March 7, 2014.

Soundtrack

Main article: Everyone's Hero (soundtrack)

References

  1. "Everyone's Hero Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  2. "Everyone's Hero (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on July 26, 2011.
  3. "Everyone's Hero". Metacritic. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  4. "Everyone's Hero". rottentomatoes.com (September 15, 2006). Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
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  7. Kirschling, Gregory (2006-09-13). "Everyone's Hero". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2017-05-27.

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Yankee Irving | Screwie | Darlin | Babe Ruth | Napoleon Cross | Lefty Maginnis | Lonnie Brewster | Marti Brewster | Stanley Irving | Emily Irving | Rosetta Brewster | Officer Bryant | Hobo Louie | Hobo Andy | Hobo Jack | Willie | Mr. Robinson
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Yankee Stadium | New York City | Chicago | Penn Station | Irving House | Brewster House
Vehicles and Transports
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Songs
Keep On Swinging | Dream Like New York | Chicago (That Toddling Town) | The Best Day of My Life | Keep Your Eye on the Ball | What You Do | Swing It | Take Me Out to the Ballgame | The Bug |


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