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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Animated Films

August 13th, 2006 1:45pm EDT
Everyone's Hero hits theaters Sept. 15It’s been hit-or-miss with animated films this summer. Cars took in an impressive $237 million at the box office, grossing over $60 million in its first three days. In contrast, The Ant Bully bombed with an $8.4 million purse in its three-day debut, while Monster House also disappointed with a $22 million three-day bow.

Perhaps the tides will turn when the 20th Century Fox release Everyone’s Hero hits the big screen on Sept. 15 (eight days before the official start of fall). The film tells the story of a young boy's cross-country journey to help Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees win the deciding game of the 1932 World Series.

“Everyone’s Hero” stars Jake T. Austin as the voice of the main character Yankee Irving. The film also includes the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Raven Symone, Brian Dennehy, William H. Macy and Robert Wagner.

Ashton Kutcher stars in Open SeasonSony Pictures’ Open Season opens in theaters on Sept. 29. The film centers on a scrawny mule deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) and a 900-lb. grizzly named Boog (Martin Lawrence) who are trapped in the woods during hunting season. Forest ranger Beth (Debra Messing), who raised Boog since he was a cub, tries to rescue her friend.

In the DreamWorks film Flushed Away (Nov. 3), an uptown rat (Hugh Jackman) gets flushed down a toilet in his penthouse apartment. He winds up in the sewers of London where he has to learn a whole new way of life. Other voice actors include Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen.

Happy FeetThe most promising animated film this fall may be Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet (Nov. 17). In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble (Elijah Wood) is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves. Other voice actors include Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, and Nicole Kidman.