Jake T. Austin as Yankee Irving (voice)
Rob Reiner as Screwie (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg as Darlin’ (voice)
Cherise Boothe as Rosetta Brewster (voice)
Brian Dennehy as Babe Ruth (voice)
Ed Helms as Hobo Louie (voice)
Richard Kind as Hobo Andy/Maitre (voice)
William H. Macy as Lefty Maginnis (voice)
Marcus Maurice as Willie (voice)
Amanda Parsons as Emily Irving (voice)
Mandy Patinkin as Stanley Irving (voice)
Dana Reeve as Emily Irving (voice)
Raven as Marti Brewster (voice)
Ron Tippe as Hobo Jack (voice)
Joe Torre as Yankees’ Manager (voice)
Robert Wagner as Mr. Robinson (voice)
Forest Whitaker as Lonnie Brewster (voice)
Robin Williams as Napoleon Cross (voice)
With the Yankee’s World Series run on the line and his father’s job to save, Yankee goes on a quest to recover the bat. Thus ensues a cross country chase as Yankee and Screwie attempt to outrun the thief, a Cub’s pitcher named Lefty, and return Darlin’ to Babe Ruth in time to win the World Series.
“Everyone’s Hero” is rated G.
Besides the great voice cast, “Everyone’s Hero” has some nice animation. While there’s nothing groundbreaking about it, the things I strangely noticed most were the backgrounds. They looked like 2-D paintings thrown into a 3-D world. It was an interesting artistic effect that gave the film a unique look. The action scenes are also particularly well animated. A chase scene that takes place across two trains was quite exciting and well choreographed.
“Everyone’s Hero” is an interesting sports film for kids. I took my 4 ½ year old boy and 7 ½ year old daughter and both of them enjoyed it. I would have thought they’d be bored by a film set in the 1930’s that highlights Babe Ruth, the World Series, the Negro League, and other sports fixtures. Quite the opposite was true. While they haven’t been quoting baseball stats, they have been quoting “My head! My butt” a week later.
What Didn’t Work:
“Everyone’s Hero” also attempts to elevate Babe Ruth to sainthood. Not since “Lilo & Stitch” made Elvis into a wholesome childhood hero has a kid’s film so blatantly attempted to rewrite history. This movie deftly sidesteps Ruth’s alcoholism, profanities, and woman chasing and makes him seem like Mister Rogers.
This movie is also set in the 1930’s, yet it relies on modern pop music in the soundtrack. It didn’t really fit the movie well and some period music would have felt a lot more natural. There are a number of other anachronisms in the movie, too.
The Bottom Line: