Everyones Hero

Directed By: Christopher Reeve

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The story of a young boy's thousand-mile journey to help babe ruth and the new york yankees win the world series.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204028265
UPC 024543404910
UPC 14 00024543404910
Format DVD
Release Date 3/18/2014
Rating Rating
Baseball Players
Computer Animation
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
World Series
Editors Note
Note This heartwarming, wholesome family fare was originally conceived by the late Christopher Reeve (SUPERMAN), and reflects a theme of perseverance against all odds from which the whole family can learn. Set in Depression-era New York, the film follows 10-year-old baseball fan Yankee Irving (voiced by Jake T. Austin), who is more adept at remembering stats than he is at playing the game. Despondent over his sandlot misfires, Yankee is cheered when he makes the acquaintance of a baseball named Screwie (voiced by Rob Reiner) who can actually talk. Later, Yankee visits his dad at the Yankee Stadium, where he is allowed to visit Babe Ruth's famous bat, Darlin' (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg). The bat soon goes missing, Dad loses his job, and Yankee takes off for Chicago with a notion to deliver the bat to Babe. Along the way, he makes numerous friends, including a trio of down-and-out bums who take him under their wing, and a little girl with a mean pitch. The scene with the Detroit Tigers, where the team gives Yankee baseball pointers en route to Chicago, is the film's most charming, while the bumbling bad guy, Lefty Maginnis (voiced by William H. Macy), provides an abundance of slapstick humor. Despite the dubiousness of Babe Ruth's appeal to contemporary youngsters, the story works by concerning itself more with family values, friendship, perseverance, and good clean fun, than with baseball per se. The standout cast also includes Brian Dennehy as the Babe, and Forest Whitaker as the Tigers player Yankee befriends. The soundtrack features original music by Brooks & Dunn, Wyclef Jean, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Entertainment Weekly "HERO recreates Depression-era America with surprisingly agreeable anachronistic panache." -- Grade: B- 09/22/2006 p.76
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "EVERYONE'S HERO is a perfectly serviceable bit of family animation....It's good family fair that will be remembered well." 10/01/2006 p.38
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film is touchingly infused with the late actor's inspirational rhetoric....An enjoyably heartfelt adventure." 05/01/2007 p.107
Christopher Reeve
Name Macy,William H.
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Cast & Crew
Andy Wang - Cinematographer
Brian Dennehy - Voice Of
Christopher Reeve, et. al. - Director
Forest Whitaker - Voice Of
Howard Jonas - Story By
Jake T. Austin - Voice Of
Jan Carlee - Cinematographer
Jeff Hand - Screenplay
John Bryant - Editor
John Debney - Original Music By
Kyle Clark, et. al. - Producer
Mandy Patinkin - Voice Of
Morris Berger, et. al. - Executive Producer
Raven - Voice Of
Rob Reiner - Voice Of
Robert Kurtz - Screenplay
Whoopi Goldberg - Voice Of
William H. Macy - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 2257380
UPC 00024543404910
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review "Hero" has some respectable adventuresome moments. A train chase where Yankee is dashing to escape the clutches of Lefty provides a modest spark to the animation. I also enjoyed how the directors (Colin Brady and Dan St. Pierre are also credited) had fun with the idea of talking bats and baseballs, along with their limitations of movement. Because "Hero" gets sludgy with inspiration, it's the little moments, which break free of formula, that count...Set in a pre-Depression era world, "Hero" plays pretty fast and loose with the period details...Even by the liquid standards of a family film, this kind of screenwriting and improv looks desperate, and while it doesn't exactly ruin the film, it ultimately allows the cringes to outpace the smiles.
Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Macy,William H.
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly The movie's antique Rockwellian look is its greatest pleasure.
Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader ...memorable characters, solid storytelling, and accurate period detail.

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