In 1932 during the Great Depression Yankee Irving (Jake T. Austin) is young baseball fan, whose father Stanley (Mandy Patinkin) works as a janitor for New York City's Yankee Stadium. While the two are on the premises, a thief steals Babe Ruth's famous bat Darlin' (Whoopi Goldberg), with the result that Yankee's father is blamed and fired, who blamed Yankee for stealing it and framing his own father. The true thief is Lefty Maginnis (William H. Macy), a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Lefty works for Cubs owner Napoleon Cross (Robin Williams), who desires to see the Cubs defeat the Yankees during the 1932 World Series.
Stealing the bat back, Yankee decides to return it to Ruth and thereby exonerate his father by journeying across the country to Chicago, where the next World Series' games will be played. Darlin' is able to speak, as does her counterpart Screwie (Rob Reiner), a baseball, who she constantly argues and bickers with (though near the end, they finally become friends). Much of the plot is driven by Lefty's comic attempts to retrieve the bat from Yankee, with slapstick results. Other scenes involve Yankee meeting others who will help him in his quest: several hobos (Ed Helms); Marti (Raven-Symone), an African American girl; her baseball player father Lonnie Brewster (Forest Whitaker); and in Chicago, Babe Ruth himself (Brian Dennehy).
A series of improbable coincidences allows Yankee himself to bat for the Yankees, resulting in the archetypal home run (technically, a series of errors after an infield pop-up that allow him to round the bases). This restores the morale of the Yankees, who score 7 more runs to take the lead and win the World Series. Cross tries to talk Babe Ruth out of accepting the victory, saying that Yankee is too young to be a counting player. This leads to the arrest of Cross, who simply says that he was a fan that cheated. When his part in the plan is revealed, Lefty is banished from the team, although he is able to stay out of jail. Yankee also successfully exonerates his father. Yankee returns home, now knowing what is truly important in baseball.Jake T. Austin as Yankee Irving
Rob Reiner as Screwie
Whoopi Goldberg as Darlin
Robin Williams (uncredited) as Napoleon Cross
William H. Macy as Lefty Maginnis
Brian Dennehy as Babe Ruth
Forest Whitaker as Lonnie Brewster
Raven-Symoné as Marti Brewster
Mandy Patinkin as Stanley Irving
Dana Reeve as Emily Irving
Cherise Booth as Rosetta Brewster
Ritchie Allen as Officer Bryant
Jason Harris Katz (credited as Jason Harris) as Announcer
Ed Helms as Hobo Louie
Ray Iannicelli as Conductors/Umpire
Gideon Jacobs as Bully Kid Tubby
Richard Kind as Hobo Andy / Maitre'D
Marcus Maurice as Willie
Will Reeve as Big Kid
Ron Tippe as Hobo Jack
Robert Wagner as Mr. Robinson
Joe Torre as New York Yankees manager
Jesse Bronstein as Sandlot Kid #1
Ralph Coppola as Sandlot Kid #2
Conor White as Bully Kid Arnold
Additional voices by Ritchie Allen, Rochelle Hogue, Sondra James, Matthew Laborteaux, Greta Martin, Christie Moreau, Sean Oliver, Charles Parnell, Dennis Pressey, Tyler James Williams and Cornell Womack.
Everyone's Hero was released on DVD on March 20, 2007 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The movie was released on Blu-ray on March 5, 2013 and is exclusive to Walmart stores.
In its opening weekend, the film grossed $6.1 million in 2,896 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #3 at the box office, behind Gridiron Gang and The Black Dahlia. By the end of its run, Everyone's Hero grossed $14.5 million in the US and $2.1 million internationally, for an approximate total of $16.6 million worldwide.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 51% based on 20 reviews, which indicates "mixed" reviews. Another aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, scored the film 41% based on 69 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Everyone's Hero is such a predictable and bland tale that it'll appeal mostly to little kids; others seeking something in Pixar's league are looking in the wrong ballpark." Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News wrote, "Whoever wanders into the theater should leave a winner". L.A. Weekly called the themes "fairly pro forma" and cited the film's "antique Rockwellian look" as "its greatest pleasure". Gregory Kirschling of Entertainment Weekly rated it B− and wrote, "Everyone's Hero re-creates Depression-era America with surprisingly agreeable anachronistic panache", though he criticized the character designs.
In the United States, Cartoon Network aired Everyone's Hero on April 12, 2009. Cartoon Network later added the movie to its rotating lineup again on November 5, 2016, treating it as the network premiere of the movie. In Latin America, Cartoon Network Latino aired the film on November 23, 2011. In Asia, Disney Channel premiered May 29, 2012. It also aired on Disney XD in the United States on April 8, 2013, and March 7, 2014.
The soundtrack, released on the Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax labels, features tracks by the star of the film Raven-Symoné, Grammy-winners Wyclef Jean, Brooks & Dunn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and various other artists.
- The Best – John Ondrasik – 3:49
- Keep On Swinging – Brooks & Dunn – 4:12
- Dream Like New York – Tyrone Wells – 3:44
- Chicago (That Toddling Town) – Chris Botti featuring Lyle Lovett – 2:16
- The Best Day of My Life – John Randall featuring Jessi Alexander – 3:13
- Keep Your Eye on the Ball – Raven-Symoné – 2:27
- What You Do – Wyclef Jean featuring Kontrast – 3:12
- Swing It – Brooks & Dunn – 3:34
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Lonestar – 2:43
- The Bug – Mary Chapin Carpenter – 3:48
- The Tigers – John Debney featuring Paris Bennett – 1:46
- At Bat – John Debney – 3:44