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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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An unusually brave mouse helps to restore happiness to a forlorn kingdom after making friends with a gentleman rat.

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Kate DiCamillo (book), Will McRobb (screen story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Despereaux (voice)
Dustin Hoffman ... Roscuro (voice)
Emma Watson ... Princess Pea (voice)
Tracey Ullman ... Miggery Sow (voice)
Kevin Kline ... Andre (voice)
William H. Macy ... Lester (voice)
Stanley Tucci ... Boldo (voice)
Ciarán Hinds ... Botticelli (voice)
Robbie Coltrane ... Gregory (voice)
Tony Hale ... Furlough (voice)
Frances Conroy ... Antoinette (voice)
Frank Langella ... Mayor (voice)
Richard Jenkins ... Principal (voice)
Christopher Lloyd ... Hovis (voice)
Charles Shaughnessy ... Pietro (voice)
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Storyline

The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

mouse | dream | book | dungeon | darkness | See All (79) »

Taglines:

Small Hero. Big Heart. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Despereaux - Un pequeño gran héroe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,103,675, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:

$50,877,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,947,965
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Queen Latifah were considered for the role of Miggery Sow. See more »

Goofs

When Despereaux is about to be dropped into the rat dungeon, he has red string wrapped around his waist. The camera cuts away to show the dungeon, and when it comes back to see Despereaux, the red string is missing for one shot. When the camera shows him again before being dropped, the string reappears properly. See more »

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Andre: Boldo, look, it's...
[he turns as he realizes Boldo left]
Andre: Boldo, where are you?
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A very nice tale
18 April 2009 | by yves-30See all my reviews

When I saw the previews of this movie, I wasn't too sure it would be good. And when I read some of the reviews here it really didn't look like a movie I would want to see. But I am a real fan of 3D animation and I will eventually see every feature movie, even if it is to look at the technique only. I have dabbled myself in 3D for several years so I can watch movies from an educated stand point on the 3D itself as well as cinema, which I studied in University. So I went to see this movie and was pleasantly surprised. It seems it is a rendition of a book but I haven't read it so my comments are without prejudgment of the story itself.

The story, while having several classic plot elements (princess that awaits for her knights to save her for example) is also about courage, honor, and selflessness. It is well paced, well written, and well executed. This is not a plot that will surprise you with incredible twist elements, but we have to remember that it is aimed at a young audience. It reminds our kids of values that are too often muddied in kid movies these days. Desperaux is well rounded, and unlike other reviews I read, I cared about his journey, as I also cared about his rat friend as well. Technically, it is a well made movie with a style of its own that recalls greatly the pages of old children books. I am very confident in recommending this movie for all the family.


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