The Hollywood Reporter notes that independent distributor Reveal Animation Studios has submitted its film Henry & Me to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for qualification as a nominee for the 2014 Best Animated Feature Academy Award. If accepted, the movie would add to an already crowded field, with as many as 17 films vying for a nomination. The number of potentially eligible films means the number of nominees will almost certainly be bumped from three to five for this year’s race.
Henry & Me tells the story of an 11-year old New York Yankees fan stricken with cancer, who travels with his guardian angel Henry (voiced by lifelong Yankees fan Richard Gere) to visit assorted Yankee legends throughout history, learning lessons about life and survival along the way. Other actors in the film include Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper, Danny Aiello, Paul Simon, Lucie Arnaz, Joseph Gian and Luis Guzman. The Yankees organization was involved in the making of the film, with the late George Steinbrenner encouraging team members and others associated with the Yankees to participate, with voice cameos coming from Yankees part-owner Hank Steinbrenner (who voices his late father); general manager Brian Cashman; manager Joe Girardi; announcers John Sterling and Michael Kay; former stars Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Willie Randolph, Goose Gossage, Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Hideki Matsui; and current stars CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. Yankee Alex Rodriguez had voiced himself in the film as well, but his scenes were re-shot with Hideki Matsui after his suspension from the league for steroid use.
Henry & Me just finished a weeklong engagement in Los Angeles and is set to premiere in New York City on September 19, 2014.