Can you, for the sake of a warm-hearted animated kids' movie, accept a talking baseball? Before you answer you should know that, besides the audience, only the protagonist (ten-year-old Yankee Irving) can hear the ball (or see the eyes and mouth that suddenly appear on his … er, face). You should also know that the ball's name is "Screwie," and that he's voiced with vaudevillian gusto by Rob Reiner. I should probably also mention that the ball's eyes roll as much as he does, and he frequently bickers with Darlin', a talking baseball bat (naturally).
Sound a little corny? It is. But, judging from the reactions of the children in the theater, Screwie is a homerun with the under-ten set. If there are some kids in your life, Everyone's Hero may make tolerating a little cornball (sorry) humor worth your while.
The film is set in Depression-era New York. Times are tough, but Babe Ruth and the Yankees give the locals something to cheer about as they head into the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. No one loves the home team more than Yankee Irving (voiced by Jake T. Austin, from TV's Go, Diego! Go!). Yankee's dad Stanley (Mandy Pantinkin) is a custodian at Yankee Stadium; he shares his son's passion for the sport and even lets the boy have a look at the Babe's famed bat, Darlin'. Unfortunately, when the bat is stolen shortly thereafter, Yankee is blamed and his dad is fired.
Yankee sets off on a quest to find the bat and take it (by rail and bus) from New York to Chicago in time for the final game of the World Series. For much of his long journey his only company is Screwie (the aforementioned talking baseball), whom he's recently discovered in the neighborhood sandlot. Eventually they're joined by the Bambino's diva-esque ...1