Theatrical release poster
|Story by||Howard Jonas|
|Music by||John Debney|
|Edited by||John Bryant|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$16.6 million|
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.
The year is 1932, during the Great Depression, Yankee Irving (Jake T. Austin) is a young baseball fan, whose father Stanley (Mandy Patinkin) works as a custodian for 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 temporarily dismissed until Darlin can be found, as result Stanley also blames Yankee for stealing it and for setting him up. The true thief is Lefty Maginnis (William H. Macy), a cheating pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Lefty works for the Cubs general manager 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 Babe Ruth and thereby clear his father’s name 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 steal back the bat from Yankee, with slapstick results. Other scenes involve Yankee meeting others who will help him in his quest: several hobos (Ron Tippe, Richard Kind & Ed Helms); Marti (Raven-Symone), an African American girl; her baseball player father Lonnie “The Rooster” 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, also arrested as well and Stanley is cleared and officially reinstated as the stadium’s custodian
- Jake T. Austin as Yankee Irving
- Rob Reiner as Screwie
- Whoopi Goldberg as Darlin
- Robin Williams (uncredited) as Napoleon Cross
- William H. Macy as Lefty Maginnis
- Brian Dennehy as Babe Ruth
- Forest Whitaker as Lonnie Brewster
- Raven-Symoné as Marti Brewster
- Mandy Patinkin as Stanley Irving
- Dana Reeve as Emily Irving
- 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, the general manager of the New York Yankees and Stanley’s boss
- 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.
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.
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. 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." Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News wrote, "Whoever wanders into the theater should leave a winner". L.A. Weekly called the themes "fairly pro forma" and cited the film's "antique Rockwellian look" as "its greatest pleasure". 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.
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.
|Everyone's Hero: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
The soundtrack, released on the Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax labels, features tracks by the star of the film Raven-Symoné, Grammy-winners Wyclef Jean, Brooks & Dunn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and various other artists.
- The Best – John Ondrasik – 3:49
- Keep On Swinging – Brooks & Dunn – 4:12
- Dream Like New York – Tyrone Wells – 3:44
- Chicago (That Toddling Town) – Chris Botti featuring Lyle Lovett – 2:16
- The Best Day of My Life – John Randall featuring Jessi Alexander – 3:13
- Keep Your Eye on the Ball – Raven-Symoné – 2:27
- What You Do – Wyclef Jean featuring Kontrast – 3:12
- Swing It – Brooks & Dunn – 3:34
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Lonestar – 2:43
- The Bug – Mary Chapin Carpenter – 3:48
- The Tigers – John Debney featuring Paris Bennett – 1:46
- At Bat – John Debney – 3:44
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