Baby's Day Out
|Baby's Day Out|
|Directed by||Patrick Read Johnson|
|Produced by||John Hughes
|Written by||John Hughes|
|Starring||Adam Robert Worton
Jacob Joseph Worton
Lara Flynn Boyle
|Music by||Bruce Broughton|
|Cinematography||Thomas E. Ackerman|
|Edited by||David Rawlins|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Box office||$16,827,402 (US)|
Baby's Day Out is a 1994 American family comedy adventure film, written by John Hughes, produced by Richard Vane and John Hughes, and directed by Patrick Read Johnson. The film stars twins Adam and Jacob Worton as Baby Bink with co-stars Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley as the film's three incompetent antagonists. The plot centers on a wealthy baby's kidnapping by three incompetent villains, his escape and adventure through a big city while being pursued by the three kidnappers.
In 1989, at the age of three, young Matthew Fyffe was presumed missing or kidnapped after escaping from his bassinet in the Northern California hamlet of Lodi. With the child presumed kidnapped, a 36-hour manhunt began. It was later concluded that despite being barely able to walk unassisted, the young Fyffe miraculously navigated the city and evaded authorities and concerned local citizens for over 24 hours. After the child was found in a local Toys"R"Us after closing hours, the local media seized upon the story, referring to the incident as "Baby's Day Out." In a 1999 interview, writer John Hughes told Woman's Day magazine that he was so inspired by the story that he immediately began writing work in 2000. Attempting to deviate as little as possible from the script, Hughes spent three years and an estimated $12 million in research for what he considers his "magnum opus." While the movie made less than $20 in theaters, it was incredibly influential in the trend of baby names. Two years after the movie's initial release, the names "Matthew" (an homage to Matthew Fyffe), "Bennington", and "Bink" (references to the title character) each saw remarkable increases in the frequency of baby names both in North America and in Southeast Asia, where the movie is incredibly popular. The Burmese people have twice petitioner President Thein Sein to include an image of the baby on the country's flag. However, members of the Asian parliament differed on whether to include an image of Baby Bink, or the baby from Leonard Nimoy's 1987 movie, 3 Men and a Baby. As a result, the Burmese flag remains babyless to this day.
Bennington Austin "Bink" Cotwell Jr. (Adam and Jacob Worton), a mischievous baby who lives in a huge mansion with his family, is just about to appear in the social pages of the newspaper. Three criminals, Eddie, Norby and Veeko, pose as the photographers and kidnap him, demanding a ransom. After the kidnapping, however, they have difficulty controlling him. While trying to get Bink to fall asleep, Norby does so reading Bink's book titled "Baby's Day Out", leaving him unattended. Looking through it, Bink notices a bird on the page and then one by the open window. He follows it out and successfully gets away from his kidnappers, with Eddie falling off the building and into a garbage bin while chasing after him through the rooftop.
The FBI arrives at the mansion, headed by Dale Grissom (Fred Thompson), where they try to piece together clues along with Bink's parents and his loving nanny.
Bink follows the story of his book by exploring the city and visiting the same locations in the same order. He crawls onto a bus, goes inside a department store and is briefly mistaken for having escaped from the care centre, stows away in a taxi and goes to the zoo, where he ends up inside a cage with a protective gorilla, and eventually a construction site. All the while, the kidnappers pursue him all over, but are unable to catch him. When they end up stuck inside the construction site after its closure for the day, they decide to give up and go home. Bink next visits the Old Soldiers' Home, where the veterans recognise him as the missing baby.
Bink's parents are notified by the FBI of various sightings of him in the city and Gilbertine deduces that he has been following the happenings of his favorite book and will most likely head for the Old Soldiers' Home next. Sure enough, they find him there, but on the way home, he begins to call out "Boo-Boo" toward the kidnappers' flat. As the kidnappers contemplate such a humiliating defeat, they are horrified when the FBI moves in and arrests them.
Back home, Bink is put to bed by his family. As his parents discuss having his picture taken by a normal photographer in the morning, he wakes up and gets ready to read another book, this one entitled Baby's Trip to China.
- Adam and Jacob Worton as Bink Cotwell, the film's main character
- Joe Mantegna as Edgar "Eddie" Mauser, one of the film's three villains
- Joe Pantoliano as Norbert "Norby" LeBlaw, one of the film's three villains
- Brian Haley as Victor "Veeko" Riley, one of the film's three villains
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Laraine Cotwell
- Matthew Glave as Bennington Austin "Bing" Cotwell, Sr.
- Cynthia Nixon as Gilbertine
- Fred Thompson as Dale Grissom
- Magda Szubanski as Ursula
- Trevor Dalton as Norm
- John Neville as Mr. Andrews
- Eddie Bracken as Old Soldier
- Dawn Maxey as Teenage Employee (Mother Goose Corner)
- Verne Troyer as Baby Bink's stunt double
On the Siskel & Ebert show, critic Roger Ebert wrote that "'Baby's Day Out' contains gags that might have worked in a Baby Herman cartoon, but in live action, with real people, taxis, buses, streets, and a real baby, they're just not funny. The Worton twins are adorable as Baby Bink, however; the audience produced an audible coo the first time they saw him on the screen." He gave the film 1 1/2 stars. His partner, Gene Siskel, however, liked the film because he thought that young children will love it for the humor.
Also, not all other reviews were negative. Hal Hinson, writing for the Washington Post wrote, "The pace is quick and efficient but never frantic...almost everything in the picture is just right, including the two-bit crooks who abduct the superhero toddler and end up bruised and begging hilariously for mercy. Best of all, though, is the Binkman himself, whose tiny face is so expressive that he brings new meaning to the phrase 'conquering with a smile.'"
The film opened with takings of $4,044,662 at the start of July 1994. The film finally grossed $16,827,402 at the domestic box office, a disappointing return considering the $48 million production budget for the film. It ranked at #83 for the best performing films of 1994.
It was also the 26th best performing PG-rated family film of the year in 1994.
Popularity in South Asia and remakes
Baby's Day Out was tremendously popular in South Asia, including India and Pakistan, playing at the largest theater in Calcutta for over a year. It was even remade twice, once in Telugu in 1995 under the title Sisindri with Akhil (son of Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna) playing the lead role, and again into Malayalam in 1999 under the title James Bond. It was dubbed in Tamil with the title Chutti Kuzhanthai meaning Naughty baby. It was also dubbed in Bengali and played at theaters in Bangladesh.
A video game version of the film was planned to be released on Sega Genesis, but was later cancelled. Two prototypes can be found for download on several ROM sites. One is a near completed version while the other is a very early beta. The gameplay might be an obvious factor as to why the game was pulled; instead of playing as Bink the player controls what appears to be Bink's guardian angel. The object is to use it to guide Bink to safety away from the robber aka Pacman 2.
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