Striking Out Swinging

everyones_heroOver the past few years, there have been a slew of computer animation companies that have tried to make big bucks off the success of movies like “Shrek,” “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles.” Most often than not, these films, while displaying beautiful animation, fail to produce the solid stories that the successful movies in the genre are known for.

Such is the unfortunate case with “Everyone’s Hero.”

While its lighthearted attempt to educate the younger generation about old school baseball doesn’t fail miserably, there aren’t enough memorable moments to hook either the children watching it or their older siblings or parents that get stuck paying their way into the theater.

Centering on the life of a young Bronx-Bomber fan named Yankee Irving in the mid 1920’s, played by Jake T. Austin [Ant Bully], “Everyone’s Hero” is a tale of imagination and baseball history.

Joining Irving is his talking baseball named Screwie, played by Rob Reiner [All in the Family, the Majestic] who together, must bring Darlin’, Babe Ruth’s talking baseball bat, played by Whoopi Goldberg [Girl Interrupted, Rat Race], back to the Yankee slugger in time for the last game of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

While the story is helped along by the comic relief of Reiner, there aren’t enough witty comments from him to keep adults awake during the film.

Despite the fact that the movie is rated G, more often than not, viewers will be confused as to what age group directors Christopher Reeve, Colin Brady and Dan St. Pierre were actually marketing this film towards. Children will find the slapstick comedy throughout the film entertaining for a while, but will find it forgettable by the film’s end.

In the end, the baseball nostalgia emanating from all corners of this film is obviously a treat for older viewers, but younger movie-goers looking for something along the lines of “Finding Nemo” will be sadly disappointed.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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