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Everyone's Hero is a 2006 computer animated feature film. It is directed by Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve (who was working on this film at the time of his death), and Daniel St. Pierre, with music by John Debney. The majority of this film was produced by IDT Entertainment in Torontomarker with portions outsourced to Reel FX Creative Studio. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox, and released to movie theatres on September 15, 2006. Everyone's Hero performed poorly at the box office, earning only $16 million during its theatrical run.

The film was rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), being 20th Century Fox's first theatrically-released film to be rated G by the MPAA since 1997's Anastasia.


The protagonist is a young boy, baseball fan Yankee Irving (voiced by Jake T. Austin), whose father Stanley (voiced by Mandy Patinkin) works as a janitor for New York Citymarker's Yankee Stadiummarker. While the two are on the premises, a thief steals Babe Ruth's famous bat Darlin' (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg) with the result that Yankee's father is blamed and fired. The true thief is Lefty Maginnis (voiced by William H. Macy), a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Lefty works for Cubs owner Napoleon Cross (voiced by Robin Williams), who desires to see the Cubs defeat the Yankees during the 1932 World Series (note that with the obvious exception of Ruth, none of these characters are based on real people).

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 (voiced by Rob Reiner), a baseball. Much of the plot is driven by Lefty's comic attempts to retrieve the bat from Yankee, with slapstick results (while Lefty is knocked out in various ways, including by having a baseball thrown at him, the bat's potential as a weapon is never even hinted at). Other scenes involve Yankee meeting others who will help him in his quest: several hobos; Marti (voiced by Raven-Symone), a little black girl; her baseball player father Lonnie Brewster (voiced by Forest Whitaker); and in Chicago, Babe Ruth (voiced by Brian Dennehy) himself.

The actual events of the 1932 series, though dramatic, were not followed in the cartoon (perhaps because of rights issues over depictions of the game). For example, the Yankees swept the Cubs in the series, but in the film, they lost three games to set up the classic game 7 scenario. A series of improbable coincidences allows Yankee himself to bat for the Yankees, resulting of course in a home run (technically, a series of errors after an infield pop-up that allowed him to round the bases). The Yankees, with a renewed spirit, score 7 more runs to take the lead and win the pennant.

The movie takes a largely nostalgic tone in its presentation of 1930s American life, though the Great Depression is alluded to, as is the existence of separate Negro Leagues. (Marti's father is a member of the Cincinnati Tigers, though the team was actually founded two years later, in 1934.) The announced morals of the movie are to "keep swinging" (that is, never give up), and the importance of family.




In the US, Cartoon Network aired Everyone's Hero on April 12, 2008.


  1. Everyone's Hero at the Internet Movie Database

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