Rebelling against his parents and the broken home he comes from, fifteen-year-old Matthew Stevenson makes a destructive choice to get attention: he vandalizes the church his father is renovating. To avoid criminal charges, he agrees to repair the damage he caused to the intricate carvings and finds himself working alongside Ernest Otto (John Ratzenberger), a talented but reclusive woodworker. Laboring together, an unlikely friendship forms and both come to realize that all things are possible with faith, family and friendship.
For more than three decades of movie making and theater John Ratzenberger has enjoyed success as a screenwriter, director, producer and multi Emmy-Nominated actor. John Ratzenberger has become internationally recognized as Cliff Clavin, the lovable letter carrier and trivia king on the long-running NBC series Cheers. He earned two Emmy nominations during the show's 11-year run and continued his acclaimed career as a performer. To this day, thanks to syndication, Cliff continues as one of America's most beloved characters, as well as turning his energies into philanthropic pursuits through his Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation educating American youth towards creating a self-sustaining society.
As Hollywood's most versatile vocal talent Mr. Ratzenberger holds the distinction of being the only actor to contribute voices to 12 animated feature films that have been produced by Pixar – the company calls him their "lucky charm." He can be heard as Mac-truck in Cars (2006) as well as Cars 2 (2011), Construction Foreman Tom in Pixar's hit, Up (2009), and as John, a human, in WALL-E (2008). Audiences have previously delighted in his work as Mustafa, the head waiter, in Ratatouille (2007), as the Moonfish in Finding Nemo (2003), the lovable snow monster Yeti in Monsters, Inc. (2002). He played the charming and witty Hamm the piggy bank in the Toy Story 1 (1995), 2 (1999), and 3 (2010), and P.T. Flea the excitable circus ringmaster in Bug's Life (1998). His work in live action also continues, with many guest starring appearances, in the recurring role of Fred Doyle in 8 Simple Rules (2003), lots of fancy footwork on Dancing with the Stars in 2007, Our first Christmas (2008), and Melissa and Joey (2011) when he played Arnie. His features films include The Village Barbershop released in 2009, which related the story of a barber whose spirit is renewed by his relationship with a younger waitress, and playing opposite of Kristy Swanson and Kevin Sorbo in the hit film What If as Mike the Angel (2010). Next year he can be seen in the feature film The Woodcarver.
He heads his own production company, Fiddlers Bay Productions, and has executive produced, created, and hosted such TV non-fiction series as "American Hobbies and Pastimes" for the HGTV, and "The World's Most Incredible Animal Rescues" for Fox. He has spent several years on the road touring factory towns for the Travel Channel series, "John Ratzenberger's Made in America," and collected his remembrances of that time in a best-selling book, "We've Got it Made in America: A Common Man's Salute to an Uncommon Country" (NY: Center Street Publishing, 2006).
As a philanthropist and educational activist, Mr. Ratzenberger has committed his own resources to introducing America's youth, "the pleasures of tinkering—getting away from their video games and TV sets and into the backyard building things." Being founder of the non-profit Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation he is dedicated to building the next generation of inventors, artisans, and engineers. John's tagline has become "Little hands build big dreams. Give children tools and watch them build America." More of his work and philosophy can be found at www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org or his home page www.ratzenberger.com.⇑ Back To Top