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  • Actors: William H Macy, Whoopi Goldberg, Forest Whitaker, Brian Dennehy, Raven-Symone
  • Directors: Christopher Reeve
  • Format: Animated, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00198QRI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,643 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ten-year-old baseball fanatic Yankee Irving (voiced by newcomer Jake T. Austin) is always the last one picked for baseball games. But when Babe Ruth s prized bat is stolen during the 1932 World Series, Yankee steps up to the plate to help retrieve it for his beloved idol. He embarks on a wild cross-country journey that teaches him the stuff real heroes are made of, and along the way, Yankee learns the importance of perseverance and the true meaning of friendship. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Reiner, William H. Macy and Raven-Symoné, this exciting tale of baseball and bravery is a grand slam for all ages!

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Moriarty VINE VOICE on 31 July 2008
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With a glut of CGI films out there, each with great animation and all-star casts, films have to have something extra that sets them apart from the rest. Having spent a very pleasant 80 minutes or so watching this film, with my two children aged 10 and 7, I would say that it does have something special. First of all, the film looks different as it is set in the 1930's during the depression, when money was scarse and jobs were even harder to come by.

The central character is Yankee Irving, a likeable and loved little boy whose sadness is that, although named after the famous New York Yankees Baseball Team and a big fan of the team and it's star player Babe Ruth, he can't play the game for toffee. This leaves him open to ridicule by his peers. However, after one such humiliating game, he finds a baseball which had been in a sand box since being knocked out of the nearby Yankee stadium. The ball surprises Yankee by being able to talk to him and he finds that he and the ball have something in common. Failure. The ball was only pitched once, a foul ball. Yankee's father has a job at the Yankee stadium and to cheer him up, shows his son Babe Ruth's famous bat which the star has nick-named Darlin'.

However, the owner of a rival team, the Chicago Cubs has sent one of his 'squad' players (Lefty McGuinness) to steal the bat in an attempt to scupper the New York Yankees chances in the World Series. The successful theft leaves Yankee's father without a job and Yankee decides to attempt to recover his hero's bat and deliver it to his Dad in order that he can get reinstated. This plan changes when Yankee recovers the bat and decides to deliver it to Babe Ruth himself in Chicago, so that he can win the series for the Yankees.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By b4-its-2-l8 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2008
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This is a delightful movie, but is aimed squarely at the young as opposed to the young-at-heart.

The voice acting is very good, the story is strong enough, the animation is top notch, and thankfully there's nothing in the film too sickly, which was a concern of mine having read the moralistic blurb attached to it.

In fact, to talk about this movie from its 'morals' perspective is to do it a disservice as 99.99% of this movie is simply an upbeat story with a positive outcome (which I somehow don't think will qualify this review as a 'spoiler'!).

For me, there is only one saccharin moment, and that comes in a couple of lines of monologue right towards the end and could easily be deleted (and probably should), but other than that, I have no problems recommending this film to anyone, as long as you realise this is firmly planted in the young age group scale of the Family Movie genre. Non-cynical adults (like the friend who watched it with me) will enjoy this movie too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2008
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Everyone's Hero is one of those films you'd like to like more. A pet project of Christopher Reeve but not completed until after his death, this simple baseball morality tale set in the Thirties about an enthusiastic but hopeless kid who's always the last to get picked for the team learning the stuff of real heroism when he searches for Babe Ruth's stolen bat (accompanied by a wisecracking baseball) unfortunately it's so heavy-handed feels at times like it's trying to hammer home it's old-fashioned values with a baseball bat to the head - our hero is even called Yankee because he represents the true heart of America.

Unfortunately the computer animation is a long way from the PIXAR/DreamWorks standard - indeed, it probably would have stood out from the crowd more if it was made in traditional animation - and it often feels more like a TV special than a movie. There are a few moments where some visual imagination is on display, most notably the opening sequence of a baseball game shot from the point of view of the ball, but for the most part it feels like fairly basic storytelling on a visibly limited budget. It boasts a good voice cast - Forest Whitaker, Brian Dennehy, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Patinkin, Robert Wagner and William H. Macy among them - and there's a nice joke about newsreels ("Bringing you the news just days after it's happened!") but despite the obvious good intentions the film never rises above the average.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pacem et amorem VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2008
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This is a touching little movie that is, at times, sweeter than candyfloss but doesn't really suffer for it. Whilst the plot has been done many times before (i.e. child faces insurmountable odds to prove his worth) this is nicely done and the voice artist talent is very good. It has some big names behind it and the animation is nice and fits with the period charm of the film.

The best concept of the movie is that of having the baseball and bat talk to the hero. The interplay between the bat and ball is very good, providing some of the best comedy moments. These are the characters who also help to pull the boy hero through the tough times and help him see that he can be all that he wants to be if he just perseveres.

Indeed, the central premise of the movie - perseverance - is something that may be required from the more mature viewer - certainly until the movie warms-up a bit. This is a movie that will appeal more to children and wouldn't really fall into the genre of kids' movies that cross-over and appeal to adults too. Whilst I enjoyed it, it's not one that I would reach for too often.

Enjoyable fluff, it's certainly worth a watch - especially to keep the young-uns entertained.
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