The Tale of Despereaux

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Running Time:  93 min.
Release Date: December 19, 2008
DVD: April 7, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.15
based on 132 votes and 19 reviews
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Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Ciarán Hinds, Robbie Coltrane, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Frank Langella, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Lloyd, James Nesbitt, Sigourney Weaver


Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, laughter aplenty and gallons of mouthwatering soup. But an accident left the King broken-hearted, the Princess filled with longing and the townsfolk without their soup. Sunlight disappeared. The world became gray. All hope was lost in this land...until Despereaux Tilling was born.

A modern fairy tale from visionary filmmaker Gary Ross, together with directors Sam Fell & Rob Stevenhagen, The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes: Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea (Emma Watson), a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father's grief; and Mig (Tracey Ullman), a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer (Robbie Coltrane).

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books—reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro's friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig.

After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her... and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor. In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth: what you look like doesn't equal what you are.

Director: Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Gary Ross, Allison Thomas
Screenplay: Gary Ross
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  • 5 stars "The Tale of Despereaux is the truly wonderful computer generated movie version of the Newbery Award successful book for children about the true meaning of courage, light, love, and forgiveness! Four characters from very different worlds come together for the grand and meaningful adventure that demonstrates the spiritual power of courage, light, love, and forgiveness from this exciting and surprising animated movie of the entire year! The Tale of Despereaux is the magically modern fairytale that was truly destined to win the hearts of young and old alike based on the heartwarming successful book for children and featuring the voice talents of fantastic and wonderful cast of favorite movie actors! The Tale of Despereaux is one of the best spiritual animated movies of the entire year because the movie has most beloved animated characters, and children and adults everywhere would truly admire and respect this exciting and surprising story about courage, courtesy, decency, forgiveness, friendship, honor, justice, light, love, mercy, redemption, and truth!"
  • 1 star "incredebly stupid,pathetic and dumb"