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Everyone's Hero (2006)

Everyone's Hero (2006)

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Released 5-Nov-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 83:18
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (66:16) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Colin Brady
Christopher Reeve
Dan St. Pierre
Anchor Bay Entertainment Starring William H. Macy
Rob Reiner
Brian Dennehy
Robert Wagner
Richard Kind
Jason Harris
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music John Debney

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I knew very little about this children's animated film when I decided to review it but I'm glad I did. To my knowledge, this project did not get a local theatrical release and it was actually released originally in the US in 2006 after a number of years in production. It was also the project Christopher Reeve was working on at the time of his death in 2004. He is the first credited director and also an Executive Producer. This is not a major studio, big budget children's animated film however it is better than quite a few that are. It's no classic but it is solid and enjoyable entertainment with some very funny dialogue, good voice acting and an enjoyable if somewhat clichéd story.

    The story involves a young boy, Yankee Irving growing up in New York during the days of Babe Ruth (1920s & 30s). Yankee's father is a custodian at Yankee Stadium and he dreams of being a great baseballer. Unfortunately, he does not really have much skill at baseball and struggles to play with his friends. After one such game he finds a baseball in the sandlot where they play and is very surprised to discover that the ball can talk. Screwie (as Yankee names him) is an ex-major league ball who was hit out of the park on his first ever pitch in the majors. He is a bit disgruntled but slowly forms a friendship with Yankee. When Babe Ruth's bat is stolen from Yankee Stadium, Yankee's dad is accused of the crime and loses his job. Yankee, however, saw the thief (a rival Chicago Cubs player) and sets out to retrieve the bat, Darlin' and get his father's job back. This means he must travel from New York to Chicago and get the bat back from the Chicago Cubs, who are in the middle of the world series against Babe's Yankees.

    Despite the obviously American directed story, based as it is around baseball, it works for Australian kids (well mine anyway). There are lots of laughs mostly from Screwie (voiced by Rob Reiner) and the main baddie, Lefty (William H. Macy). Other voice cast members include Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Dennehy, Robert Wagner, Mandy Patinkin & Richard Kind. My kids (5 & 4) really enjoy this movie and laugh often and heartily while its on. The story also has a good theme of never giving up and keeping on trying even when things don't go your way. Unlike some American prouductions it does not overdo the 'message'. Technically, the animation is not as impressive as the latest Pixar features but certainly isn't embarrassing either.

    Definitely worth a rental for parents who are looking for something different for their kids to watch.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout.

    The colour was very good with no noticeable issues.

    The only noticeable artefact was some very light grain in some backgrounds.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs at 66:16 causing an obvious pause.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.

    The score by John Debney is well suited to the film without really jumping out at you. Some songs are also included which are enjoyable without being memorable.

    The surround speakers were used well adding significant immersion to the sound and specific effects such as crowd scenes, dialogue for offscreen or moving characters and trains.

    The subwoofer was used to add bass to the music and mild bass to things such as trains.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Extras are 16x9 enhanced.


    The menu included an intro, motion and music.

A Chat With the Stars (15:05) 

    Electronic press kit style interview segments with all the major cast and some crew. They have not been edited well and sometimes people talk without their being any sound. Nothing terribly interesting.




R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 version of this movie was released early last year and includes a commentary and two featurettes along with English & other subtitles. Region 1 is probably the best choice if you must have the extras.


    A fun, well made but somewhat clichéd children's animated film.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has one extra which is uninteresting.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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