Everyone's Hero

Everyone's Hero

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Director: Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre

Cast: Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre, Rob Reiner

     
 

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A young baseball fan sets out on a cross-country quest to recover Babe Ruth's stolen bat and restore his father's good name in a computer animated family adventure that shows you're never too young to be a hero. Yankee Irving (voice of Jake T. Austin) may not be the best base-runner in his neighborhood, butSee more details below

Overview

A young baseball fan sets out on a cross-country quest to recover Babe Ruth's stolen bat and restore his father's good name in a computer animated family adventure that shows you're never too young to be a hero. Yankee Irving (voice of Jake T. Austin) may not be the best base-runner in his neighborhood, but his love of the game is about to lead him on the adventure of a lifetime when a legendary baseball bat is stolen from Yankee stadium on his father's watch. Now determined to get back the bat from the crooked security guard who swiped it (voice of William H. Macy) and place it back in the grip of the best hitter in baseball history, young Yankee is about to find out just what it's really like to walk out on the diamond to the sounds of a thousand cheering fans. Filmed under the title Yankee Irving and originally slated to be directed by the late Christopher Reeve, Everyone's Hero was completed by directors Colin Brady and Dan St. Pierre when Reeve passed away as the result of a heart attack in 2004, and features additional voice work by actors Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Patinkin, Raven, the late Dana Reeve, Rob Reiner, and Brian Dennehy.

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Editorial Reviews

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It would be easy to dismiss Everyone's Hero as a corny children's tale about talking baseball equipment -- that is, if it weren't the project Christopher Reeve was working on when he died. He didn't get very far into it, but since Reeve is one of three credited directors, Everyone's Hero has been transformed into a kind of final signature from the beloved actor-director. Truth be told, only a real cynic could frown too harshly on this movie. It walks the fine line between sweet and precious, but mostly just feels old-fashioned, as the digital animation is a good five years behind the modern pace. Perhaps this is appropriate for a film set in 1932, whose task is to get a 2006 audience interested in Babe Ruth and Depression-era baseball. That 2006 audience turned out not to be interested, if the anemic box-office totals are any indication, but purists and Yankee fans might well get a kick out of the way Everyone's Hero romanticizes baseball's roots. The period design is lovingly created, and the young boy's quest to return a lucky bat to Babe Ruth is enough narrative propulsion to keep things moving along. (Though it's hard to imagine how the slugger could get too attached to any one piece of lumber, given how bats tend to shatter in the course of their normal use). The journey that's actually more interesting, using Toy Story logic, is that of Screwie the talking baseball (voiced by Rob Reiner), who achieved his dream of "reaching the Majors," only to be fouled out of the park and abandoned in a sand lot. With additional voices provided by such heavyweights as Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, Everyone's Hero has enough major-league talent, but its minor-league execution confines it to the role of underdog.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
UPC:
0024543404910
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
8,206

Special Features

Commentary by co-directors Colin Brady and Daniel St. Pierre, and writers Jeff Hand and Robert Kurtz Remembering Chris: Tribute to Christopher Reeve featurette; Making of Everyone's Hero: The Little Guy's Journey featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rob Reiner Screwie
Whoopi Goldberg Darlin'
Jake T. Austin Yankee Irving
William H. Macy Lefty Maginnis
Mandy Patinkin Stanley Irving
Raven Symone Marti Brewster
Robert Wagner Mr. Robinson
Forest Whitaker Lonnie Brewster
Brian Dennehy Babe Ruth
Dana Reeve Emily Irving
Joe Torre Yankees' Manager
Robin Williams Napoleon Cross
Richard Kind Hobo Andy,Maitre
Jason Harris Announcer
Ed Helms Hobo Louie
Ray Iannicelli Conductors,Umpire
Gideon Jacobs Bully Kid Tubby
Marcus Maurice Willie
Ron Tippe Hobo Jack
Conor J. White Bully Kid Arnold
Will Reeve Big Kid
Amanda Parsons Emily Irving
Ralph Coppola Sandlot Kid #2
Jesse Bronstein Sandlot Kid #1
Cherise Booth Rosetta Brewster

Technical Credits
Colin Brady Director
Christopher Reeve Director,Executive Producer
Daniel St. Pierre Director,Production Designer
Kevin Adams Art Director
Patricia Chung Adams Production Manager
Morris Berger Executive Producer
Stephen Brown Executive Producer
John Bryant Editor
Jan Carlee Cinematographer
Jerry Davis Executive Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Sean Garnhart Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Hand Screenwriter
Janet Healy Executive Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Howard Jonas Original Story
Igor Khait Producer
Bob Kurtz Screenwriter
Dana Reeve Executive Producer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Tippe Producer
Andy Wang Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Everyone's Hero: Fullscreen
1. Stuck With a Loser [3:12]
2. How It Happened [1:06]
3. The Babe and Darlin' [2:18]
4. I'm Talkin' Here! [4:14]
5. They Just Keep Swinging [2:10]
6. The Locker Room [1:34]
7. The Last One to See Darlin' [1:04]
8. Going, Going...Foul! [2:23]
9. Bat Thieves [5:14]
10. Looking for Lefty [6:42]
11. The Talking Bat [3:57]
12. A Seventh-Inning Stretch [3:16]
13. Yankee's Decision [5:28]
14. Screwie Gets Stolen [3:23]
15. Lonnie "The Rooster" Brewster [4:10]
16. Chicago Bound [3:38]
17. Rained Out [1:28]
18. Shadow Ball [4:34]
19. Where's Darlin'? [4:52]
20. This Dream Isn't Broke [4:55]
21. The Run of His Life [1:38]
22. The Next Battery [7:21]
23. The Rest Is History [:32]
24. End Titles [7:48]
Disc #1, Side B -- Everyone's Hero: Widescreen
1. Stuck With a Loser [3:12]
2. How It Happened [1:06]
3. The Babe and Darlin' [2:18]
4. I'm Talkin' Here! [4:14]
5. They Just Keep Swinging [2:10]
6. The Locker Room [1:34]
7. The Last One to See Darlin' [1:04]
8. Going, Going...Foul! [2:23]
9. Bat Thieves [5:14]
10. Looking for Lefty [6:42]
11. The Talking Bat [3:57]
12. A Seventh-Inning Stretch [3:16]
13. Yankee's Decision [5:28]
14. Screwie Gets Stolen [3:23]
15. Lonnie "The Rooster" Brewster [4:10]
16. Chicago Bound [3:38]
17. Rained Out [1:28]
18. Shadow Ball [4:34]
19. Where's Darlin'? [4:52]
20. This Dream Isn't Broke [4:55]
21. The Run of His Life [1:38]
22. The Next Battery [7:21]
23. The Rest Is History [:32]
24. End Titles [7:48]

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