Dir: Christopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre, ColinBrady. US. 2006. 85mins.
It's easy to see why Christopher Reeve,who died during the making of animated children's film Everybody's Hero (directing duties were assumed by Daniel St Pierreand Colin Brady), was attracted to the material. The story of a young boy whofinds the strength and courage to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds,it's a story that Reeve was living every day. Part comedy, part road picture,part buddy-buddy story and part adventure, the story also takes as its themethe love that binds families together.
While the filmlacks the sparkling personalities and memorable dialogue found in moresophisticated fare, Everyone's Hero -formerly known as Yankee Irving - isa cute film for children. Although the plot, characters and theme are quitetame, compared to more sophisticated fare, they offer a certain universalappeal.
But despite itslaudable message and unusually poignant behind-the-scenes history, Everyone's Hero had a soft showing whenit opened in the
Opening in the1930s, the film introducers 10-year old Yankee Irving (voiced by
Determined tosave his father's job and reputation - and return the bat to its rightful owner- Yankee follows the real thief halfway across the country to rescue Darlin' (Goldberg), the name Babe bestowed upon his luckybat.
Yankee isaccompanied on his travels by Screwie (Reiner), a talking baseball who never got his shot at beinga "homerun ball." Along the way they meet a whole host of characters, includinga helpful young girl and her dad (Symone andWhitaker), a member of the local "Negro League" team who gives Yankee importantpointers on how to improve his own game.
Although set in
The 3D computeranimation is adequate but nothing out of the ordinary, although Yankee's eyesand mouth convey a wonderful array of emotions.
20th Century Fox
Stephen R Brown
Main cast (voices of)