The World Series is finally here! In honor of America’s Favorite Pastime, we’ve compiled a list of twelve great sports movies that will take you out to the ball game. You can watch many of these sports movies online at Feeln. So take out the glove and bat and ball, or the nachos, peanuts, and soda. Enjoy!
From PBS – The first inning tells the story of baseball’s rise, in only one generation, from a gentleman’s hobby to a national sport played and watched by millions. Viewers meet the first baseball magnate, Albert Goodwill Spalding; explore the game’s first gambling scandal; see the first attempts by women to play the game in the 1860’s; witness the first attempt by ball players to unionize; and learn how the first black professionals were hounded out of the game in the “Jim Crow” 1880’s. Audiences also encounter the greatest 19th century players, Michael “King” Kelly, Cap Anson and Denton T. “Cy” Young.
2. Field of Dreams
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this documentary explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, our nation’s most iconic institution. More than just a film about sports, it’s a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, and the continuation of traditions. Despite stereotypes and hostility from fans and even fellow players, there have been standout Jewish players in every decade from the 1860s to the present. This is the first major documentary to tell their stories.
4. The Babe
Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.
Jackie Robinson plays himself in a film about his historical breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
6. The Bad News Bears
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Lou Gehrig, a young engineering student at Columbia University, has an extraordinary gift for baseball. Against the wishes of his mother, and with the secret help of his father, he signs with the one team he has always loved–the New York Yankees. Under the guidance of his hero, Babe Ruth, Lou proves himself as a player, becoming a fan favorite and helping the Yankees become the most dominant team in baseball. He eventually wins the approval of his mother, as well as the heart of a beautiful fan and his future wife, Eleanor. But at the height of his career, the “Iron Horse” of baseball finds himself growing increasingly weaker, voluntarily benching himself after he feels he’s become a burden to the team. A doctor examines him and gives him the dreadful news that he has a rare, incurable disease and only months to live. Released just one year after his death at the age of 37, the film is an inspiring tribute to the short, but incredible life of one of baseball’s greatest legends.
Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
Jimmy Dugan is a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943, while the male pros are at war, Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, on the fields and off, for generations of athletes. Contains some mild language.
After getting stood up by his girlfriend, 40-year-old Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel heads to Yankees Stadium to warm up for a game against the hometown team. When he arrives, he finds out that his team has been sold and the new owners are planning to trade him. As the game begins, Billy is caught up in his memories and doesn’t realize that he’s been pitching a perfect game.
11. Roy Campanella Night: a Feeln Original
In 1958, Roy “Campy” Campanella, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, had his career cut short by a car accident that left him paralyzed. After his accident, Campy thought he’d lose his fans because he couldn’t hit home runs anymore. But a game held in Campy’s honor played to a packed stadium. Campy’s fans showed him that despite his paralysis, he was still their champion.
12. Bill Durham
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.
EMILY OSMENT AND MOLLY RINGWALD CAST AS VOICES IN RELAUNCH OF ICONIC MEDIA FRANCHISE RAINBOW BRITE EXCLUSIVELY ON FEELN
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 14, 2014 –Feeln has announced plans to restore the beloved 80s animated series Rainbow Brite featuring the voices of Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald. The limited run event will launch with three weekly episodes, beginning November 6th, exclusively on Feeln, a subscription video on demand service with curated programming for audiences of all ages.
Actress and singer-songwriter Emily Osment will voice the classic Rainbow Brite, a magical girl who embarks on adventures to protect and save Rainbowland from destruction and dark powers. Rainbow Brite, alongside returning characters Starlite and the Color Kids, continue to deliver a message of optimism, creativity and friendship throughout their adventures.
“Being cast as the voice of Rainbow Brite for the relaunch of this iconic show is truly an honor. I look forward to connecting with the audience, old and new, and going on this exciting adventure together,” said Osment.
Molly Ringwald, known for her roles in the widely popular The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and most recently, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, will join Osment in the remake as the voice of villain and main antagonist The Dark Princess. Ringwald’s character will once again attempt to gain control of the universe as she stirs up trouble with an agenda of her own.
“We are thrilled to be relaunching such an iconic show and brand as Rainbow Brite. Emily and Molly are the perfect choices for the voices of Rainbow Brite and The Dark Princess, and we can’t wait to share each episode,” said Iris Ichishita, Head of Production for Feeln.
Hallmark first introduced Rainbow Brite over 30 years ago in 1983. The show was adapted as an animated television program, running 1984 to 1986, and also extended into global consumer products and merchandise.
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ABOUT RAINBOW BRITE:
Rainbow Brite is a media franchise that was first introduced by Hallmark Cards in 1983 and adapted to an animated television show from 1984-1986. The beloved Rainbow Brite character, with the help of her friends, introduced generations of children to colorful and imaginative adventures in Rainbow Land. Follow Rainbow Brite at facebook.com/rainbowbrite, @briteisback on Twitter and at briteisback.tumblr.com.
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Feeln adventurous? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the Best Family Adventure Movies, all available on Feeln. Choose your own adventure with these Family Adventure Movies: a world of dragons and princes, 17th-century France, a remote and magical English village, Qing Dynasty China, the American West, or Never Neverland. Our Adventure Movies for Kids will set you and your family on a magical quest.
When young Prince Einon is mortally wounded as he snatches the crown from his dead father’s head, his mother has him taken to a dragon to try to save the boy’s life. In exchange for a promise that Einon will be a better king than his father, the dragon gives a piece of his own heart to save the boy which inextricably links their fates. It’s a fun, high-flying adventure featuring a brave hero, a sniveling villain, and the most charmingly Scottish dragon ever.
The Musketeers are back in this third chapter of their stories of heroism, adventure and love in 17th-century France. 20 years after joining forces, the fighters have all moved on with their lives. Athos has a son named Raoul who’s in love with their old foe’s evil daughter. But they must join ranks again to protect the Queen and save the land. Alexandre Dumas’ immortal heroes gallop together again with high-flying action and good-natured laughs.
The reason the remote English village of Wall has its name is because of its stone wall that separates this world from a forbidden magical realm. In that town, young Tristan is lad utterly smitten by the village beauty. In exchange for her hand, he promises to steal across the wall to retrieve a fallen star. But it turns out that the star is no meteor but a flaxen-haired maiden who took an epic tumble, and Tristan isn’t the only person looking for her. A ruthless prince wants the girl because she holds the key to the throne, and an evil witch wants her to gain eternal youth. Contains violent scenes and some disturbing images. A romantic and exciting fairy tale with a slightly twisted sense of humor, delightfully wicked witches, and Robert De Niro in a dress.
In the Qing Dynasty, two factions of warriors face off using martial arts and deadly weapons when a sword called the Green Destiny is stolen. But it’s not just the perfectly honed weapon that brings the fighters together. It’s their shared history, love and destiny that has them square off against each other and learn life’s mysteries. You don’t have to be a kung-fu fan to be awed by the balletic action scenes or moved by the lushly romantic love stories.
A lone soldier chooses a transfer to the western frontier and finds true meaning in his life with a nearby Sioux tribe. Contains adult content and language, brief nudity and graphic violence. Loyalty, bravery, and acceptance of others are the themes that run through this beautifully realized Oscar-winning saga.
A lonely little boy gets trapped in a mystical board game, spending decades lost in a savage wilderness. Then a pair of siblings discover the game, and by playing it, they open up their house to a herd of stampeding animals. Now the only way to get everything back in order is for them all to join up and finish the game together. You might think you have some wild animals in your house, but that’s nothing compared to the critters that get unleashed here.
Let the magic back in your life with this enchanting second chapter to the story of Peter Pan. This time, a middle-aged Peter must duel the vengeful Captain Hook. On the line are the lives of Pan’s children, and this is his opportunity to prove to them that they’re the most important people in his world.
8. Free Willy
In a story of triumph, a young and troubled boy who is sentenced to clean up the aquarium he tagged bonds with an orca whale that’s been captured and separated from his family. The boy learns to communicate with the whale, teaching him to do tricks before realizing that the aquarium owner plans to kill the whale. And the race to save the creature is on. Some creatures are too incredible to be caged, and some kids are too determined to be stopped.
Daniel and his newly-widowed mom, Lucille, move to the Los Angeles suburbs from New Jersey so she can start a new job and a new life. He quickly discovers that sunny Southern California is nothing like home when he becomes the target of school bullies. To learn to stand up to his tormentors, Daniel puts his faith and karate training in the hands of the maintenance man in his apartment building, Mr. Miyagi. It’s truly the best around. It’s exciting, funny, and very, very ’80s, but even younger kids will have fun learning how to “wax on, wax off” with Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi.
Mr. Miyagi, along with his star pupil Daniel, ventures to his native Okinawa for the first time in years to see his dying father. Once there, he discovers that his old flame still carries a torch for him and his rival still wants to fight him to the death. While all that is happening, Daniel not only falls for a local beauty but also runs afoul of the town bully, Chozen. Lots of kicking and punching ensue, along with the ultimate ’80s power ballad, Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.” The second round takes Daniel-san and his karate instructor overseas where they experience how destructive old grudges can be.
On Tuesday, the first pitch will be thrown out for the 2014 World Series, pitting the Kansas City Royals against the San Francisco Giants. Which means you have a full weekend to get pumped up for the Fall Classic. And what better way to get ready than watching great baseball movies, including the definitive documentary series on America’s national pastime?
Here are the top baseball picks streaming on Feeln right now:
For the full story of how baseball became not just a sport but an institution, you have to watch director Ken Burns’ Emmy-winning documentary series that originally aired on PBS. If you start binging now, you can catch the 9 original episodes from 1994, and the two-part sequel, “The Tenth Inning,” released in 2010.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
A forgotten chapter in baseball history served as the basis for one of the most-loved movies about the game. In this fictionalized account of the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Tom Hanks plays the washed-out manager of a team of women lead by Geena Davis who step up to the plate during World War II.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Kevin Costner, an actor synonymous with baseball flicks, plays a long-in-the-tooth pitcher on the verge of throwing a perfect game.
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
Gary Cooper was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for portraying the legendary Lou Gehrig in this classic that was first released just 17 months after the Iron Horse died.
ROY CAMPANELLA NIGHT
This Feeln Original Short Film tells the true story of the 1950s baseball star whose career with the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was paralyzed in a car accident.
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Has the start of the school year got your kids down? Here are 10 funny family movies that will perk them right up. Great for your children but also fun for the whole family, these funny kids movies are bound to have you giggling long after they’re over. Still not convinced? Check out the side-splitting GIFs from some of our family friendly comedies below.
1. Space Jam
In an effort to save the Moron Mountain amusement park, crooked owner Mr. Swackhammer sends a group of thugs to capture the Looney Tunes so they can star in a new attraction. Bugs Bunny strikes a bargain with the gang and they let a basketball game decide their fate. But when the thugs steal the skills of some NBA stars, will Michael Jordan be able to help the Tune team win?
Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, this charming movie tells the story of an orphaned pig named Babe who finds a home on a farm and forges a special bond with a border collie named Fly. The seamless combination of live-action and special effects allows the animals to believably talk with each other and weave a tale of barnyard intrigue. That’ll do, pig.
3. Liar, Liar
Max’s dad, Fletcher Reede, is a lawyer who’s climbing the ladder at his firm and has a bad habit of putting his career ahead of his kid. He also has no problem coming up with a steady string of lies to cover for himself or his clients. That is until Max makes a birthday wish that his dad must stick to the truth for an entire day.
In this Academy Award-nominated animated feature, Jimmy and his friends fire a homemade communications satellite into space from their rocket before crash-landing at home. When the satellite gets picked up by an alien race, they decide that Jimmy’s parents look delicious and come to earth to take all the adults to their planet for a sacrifice. Can the genius boy rescue all the parents?
Danny and Sandy, a pair of teens from different worlds, meet at the beach and begin a beautiful summer romance in this musical set in the 1950s. But when they discover they’re in the same high school, their friends make it hard for the love to live on. Sandy tries to become a bad girl and Danny becomes a clean-cut jock so they can be together.
6. Cats & Dogs
The war is on and in this hilarious live-action film, the cats are trying to take over the world and the dogs are doing everything they can to stop them. Professor Brody is working on a cure for common dog hair-allergies, but the cats are out to reverse the formula making all humans allergic to any dog. The neighborhood dogs need to use their wits to keep the evil cats away from the professor’s work.
When an oversized alien robot crash lands in Maine in the 1950s, young Hogarth Hughes befriends him and brings him home. Hogarth helps the robot learn about earth and humans, and shows the giant that he can be more than a stereotype. But when the military is sent in to retrieve the alien, Hogarth’s life may be put on the line.
Trying to face life in a new town without any friends, 10-year-old Lucas Nickle starts taking out his frustrations in the only way he can – by terrorizing an ant colony in his yard. But one day, the ants get back at Lucas by shrinking him down to their size. While working with the ants to regain his human size, Lucas learns about friendship, teamwork and cooperation. From Academy Award nominated filmmaker John A. Davis and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
Ferris has convinced his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron to play hooky from high school. They decide take Cameron’s dad’s classic Ferrari and head to Chicago for the day. But this time, school principal Ed Rooney is determined to catch them, and Ferris’ little sister Jeanie wants to see him finally get busted.
The Muppets are headed to New York to take Broadway by storm with their college musical. But after a few failed attempts at finding a producer, the group decides they’re holding back their fearless leader, Kermit. And as good friends do, they help him find his own way to success.
It’s officially autumn now, and the days are getting shorter. But that just means you can start up your family movie night earlier. Here is the new batch of handpicked movies now available to stream on Feeln.
A plucky young orphan sings her way out of poverty and into the grizzled heart of a rich industrialist.
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
Everyone’s favorite bow-tie wearing man-child, Pee-Wee Herman, travels to the Alamo and back searching for his precious bicycle.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
The son of a recent widower calls into a radio show, hoping to find love for his dad (Tom Hanks), and he catches the attention of a woman (Meg Ryan) 3,000 miles away.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Two brothers – one studious (Craig Sheffer), one rebellious (Brad Pitt0 – grow up fly fishing in the wilds of Depression-era Montana. Contains some language and brief sexual content.
A love-struck young man (Charlie Cox) crosses into a forbidden magical land to retrieve a fallen star (Claire Danes) to win the heart of a girl (Sienna Miller). Contains violent scenes and some disturbing images.
A talented young writer (Rob Brown) from the wrong side of the tracks finds an unexpected mentor in a reclusive author (Sean Connery). Contains some strong language and sexual references.
TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) is a maverick car designer who decides to buck Detroit and make “the car of the future,” but big business conspires to take him down. Contains strong language.
On Christmas Eve 1914 during the thick of World War I, German, French and Scottish soldiers put down their arms for an impromptu truce. Contains strong violence and a brief sexual scene.
THE KARATE KID PART II
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) returns to Okinawa with his star pupil Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to see his dying father only to discover that his old rival still has an axe to grind.
A couple living deep in the heart of Kenya adopts Elsa, a lion cub, and tries to rehabilitate her for life in the wild.
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This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Stick Together,” available exclusively at feeln.com. In a hand-drawn world, an imaginative young boy is best friends with a neighbor girl. Then her family moves away, and he has to grow up, go to school, and get a job. But he eventually finds that there’s more to life than just staying inside the lines. This imaginative film about connection and personal growth was written, directed, and edited by James Lee Hernandez (“Four Chaplains“).
“The idea for this story came to me while I was driving home, stuck in traffic.” James said. “I started thinking about how, when you meet people, life either seems to get in the way or bring you together. I know people who I met when I was younger, then ran into and became friends with later. We took two different paths to the same moment. The connection that you have with people doesn’t necessarily go away. When you care about someone and have a true, genuine connection, you can pick up right where you left off.”
While animating this film, James and his crew faced an interesting challenge: how do you make a stick figure emote? With fully animated cartoon characters, you can use the nuances of facial structure to convey emotion. Since the stick figures had much less detail, James and animator Andrea Gerstmann worked in degrees, communicating happiness, sadness, or surprise mostly with the eyes and mouth. “Like the cartoons in the John Cusack film One Crazy Summer, the fantasy on the pirate ship helped us give these characters an emotional depth and cue us in to their feelings,” James said.
“I also wanted this film to show that it’s never too late to make a change in your life,” James said. “Sometimes it might seem like years are passing and you’re stuck in a rut, running on a conveyer belt through your life. That’s what I wanted to illustrate with the boy’s growing up, going to college, and then the assembly line at his design job. It was something that I did for a while until I decided to move to LA to make movies. It’s never too late to try new opportunities.”
You can watch “Stick Together” free for two weeks on Feeln.
Congratulations to the K.C. Royals, who came back in royal fashion to defeat the Oakland A’s and win their way back into the MLB postseason, a feat which they have not pulled off since 1985!
Cheers to our parent company, Hallmark, the heart of the heartland. And cheers to all the K.C. natives!
Good luck tonight in Anaheim!
This week, we are proud to introduce InspireWire 2.0, our exclusive original series. Feeln producers Jeffrey Allen and Iris Ichishita return to bring you the web’s most inspiring videos, but this season, InspireWire is bigger and better. For starters, the show is now a half-hour long, so you get more Feeln packed into every episode. “We always wanted to do a longer show because we wanted to go out in the world to cover inspiring stories,” Jeff said. “We tested the format last season with the ‘Fitness’ episode and had so much fun that it seemed only natural to do more.”
Each episode is divided into multiple segments, including a few segments that recur every month. “Inspiral Videos” is the traditional part of the show, where Jeff and Iris bring you the most heartwarming and smile-inducing videos the Internet has to offer. This season, InspireWire will also profile a new artist every month, and their artwork will be featured on the set in each episode. The segment “You’re Doing It Wrong” is about a practical tip or hack that will help you improve the quality of your life. Episode 1 also includes a few other segments like the field segment “First Class Commute” and a feature on centenarian Fred Fox.
This season, we’re also happy to welcome Emmy-nominated producer and show runner Caleb Nelson, who will be directing each episode. “Caleb shares our sensibility and really loves working on a show that ‘celebrates the good stuff.'” Jeff said. “We’re really excited to have him with us.”
Do you have an inspiring video you’d like to share with Iris and Jeff? Tweet your videos and inspiring moments to @inspirewire with the hashtag #inspiralvideos. You can watch all previous episodes of InspireWire on Feeln. A new episode of InspireWire airs every month.
It’s officially the fall season now, and October is right around the corner. So you only have a few days left to catch some great movies on Feeln before they expire at the end of this month to make room for new additions. Here are nine titles you ought to check out before they go.
Why We’re Feeln It: Jim Carrey throws his whole body into the role of a dad who needs magical intervention to learn that honesty is the best policy.
Why We’re Feeln It: 30 years after it was a box-office smash, the collision of comedy geniuses and special-effects masters is still so funny it’s scary.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Why We’re Feeln It: Inspired by true events, this unconventional sports story shows that there can be laughter, sisterhood, and even crying in baseball.
THE ANT BULLY
Why We’re Feeln It: Changing your perspective can help with understanding those who are different than you.
Why We’re Feeln It: History’s greatest ballplayer teams up with the funniest cartoon characters ever for a “wascally” good time.
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Why We’re Feeln It: Two sets of women in two different eras demonstrate how friendship (and Southern cooking) can overcome any hardship.
CATS & DOGS
Why We’re Feeln It: A spy movie for everyone, featuring the fuzziest, most adorable action heroes ever.
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
Why We’re Feeln It: Some say that winning is the only thing, but how you treat others is the true mark of a champion.
STAR TREK VIII: FIRST CONTACT
Why We’re Feeln It: Captain Picard and shipmates face their fiercest enemy in the most exciting mission of a generation.
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