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Everyone's Hero

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Because I'm a big fan of the art form, I'm almost offended when a movie bores me to the point of wanting to turn it off. And when it's a children's movie, it goes double because so many tots obviously have no idea of the difference between a classic film and complete rubbish.

Not long ago, I wondered if any animated movies that come out nowadays are bad. Perhaps they are only either great or mediocre. Well, after having watched Everyone's Hero, I can definitively say that some cartoons plain stink.

The animation is good, the casting is all right, and yet this tale of a boy's attempt to return Babe Ruth's stolen, talking baseball bat during the 1932 World Series falls completely flat. The script isn't clever­--not for one instant. The talented writers must all work for Pixar.

Oh, this title is still adequate as something to cram in the DVD player as reprieve from your demonic offspring for a bit--hey, at least it's not offensive!--just be in the other room because it's a bore.

And what a shame. Real-life skipper Joe Torrey is the voice of the Yankees manager and this is Christopher Reeves' final project (he co-produced and co-directed). If it'd had any heart at all, it could've been a real ... well, home run.