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Everyone's Hero

Everyone's Hero
Jake T. Austin, Mandy Patinkin, Rob Reiner, William H. Macy, Whoopie Goldberg and Brian Dennhey

Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 15, 2006 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Not just for kids, this cute animated film set during the Depression is for anyone who enjoys the game of baseball.

A young lad, Yankee Irving (voiced by Jake T. Austin), is a shy kid who's father (Mandy Patinkin) works as a janitor at Yankee Stadium.

You'd think that with Yankee's famous moniker, he would have an easy time playing ball, but he continually strikes out when he's up to bat. And that leads the other kids to make fun of his shortcomings.

He makes friends with Screwie (Rob Reiner) a talking baseball, because the two have something in common. The ball was forgotten in a playground near the Stadium after becoming a foul out, and the two bond in an unlikely friendship.

Christopher and Dana Reeve were working on this film, he as director and Dana as the voice of Yankee's mother. After Christopher's death, the star-studded cast continued with the project. William H. Macy is the voice of a Chicago Cubs pitcher, Whoopie Goldberg gives voice to Babe Ruth's bat, and Brian Dennhey is the great Babe himself.

Everyone's Hero is a good family film that emphasizes a couple of important messages while being fun to watch.

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