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Review: The Tale of Despereaux

19 December 2008 10:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Mice have enjoyed a great ride in the movies. The animated variety first rose to prominence thanks to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse in the late 20s, enjoyed a rebirth as heroes in the late 70s and 80s with The Rescuers, The Secret of Nimh, The Great Mouse Detective, and An American Tail, and overflowed into live-action territory a few years later with Stuart Little. More recently, Flushed Away was a superior entertainment about a spoiled upper-class mouse who must learn to survive in the wild and wooly sewers, while the superb Ratatouille gave a rat a rare favorable turn in the spotlight as a culinary artist.

Adapted by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Dave) from the award-winning book by Kate Dicamillo, The Tale of Despereaux features both a rat and a mouse in leading roles, but the self-described fairy tale is much more than a slapdash character study of two rodents. The »

- Peter Martin

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Slideshow: 36-Image Gallery For ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ With Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman

16 December 2008 9:46 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – This 36-image slideshow contains official press images for Universal’s “The Tale of Despereaux,” which stars Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Ciaran Hinds, Robbie Coltrane, and Tony Hale from writer Gary Ross and directed by Sam Fell & Robert Stevenhagen. The film opens on Dec. 19, 2008.

The Tale of Despereaux” is Universal’s animated adventure for the season and features voice work by Matthew Broderick in the title role, a mouse who wants to be a man. Despereaux must team with a disgraced rat (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) and an awkward servant girl (Tracey Ullman) to save a kingdom that has been plunged into darkness. The animated film is rated G and opens on Friday, December 19th, 2008.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" review. Comes off as friendly, sweet and all-together lovely

15 December 2008 12:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

This miniscule hero, one that uses a sewing needle for a sword and sports extra-large ears, is the holiday movie good guy that parents and their children should seek out first. “The Tale of Despereaux,” Kate Dicamillo’s beloved children’s book, has been described as a story about a mouse, a princess and soup. That’s all true but the classic story and its fun, colorful and moving big-screen adaptation is so much more. There are meaningful issues in the screen story by co-writers Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (TV’s “Adventures of Pete & Pete”) and the finished screenplay by producer Gary Ross. The story of Despereaux Tilling (voice of Matthew Broderick), a young mouse different from all others, is also a valuable tale about abandonment, the death of a loved one, forgiveness and ultimately friendship. Directors Sam Fell (“Flushed Away”) and Rob Stevenhagen (His credits include “Wallace & Gromit: »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" review. Comes off as friendly, sweet and all-together lovely

15 December 2008 12:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

This miniscule hero, one that uses a sewing needle for a sword and sports extra-large ears, is the holiday movie good guy that parents and their children should seek out first. “The Tale of Despereaux,” Kate Dicamillo’s beloved children’s book, has been described as a story about a mouse, a princess and soup. That’s all true but the classic story and its fun, colorful and moving big-screen adaptation is so much more. There are meaningful issues in the screen story by co-writers Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (TV’s “Adventures of Pete & Pete”) and the finished screenplay by producer Gary Ross. The story of Despereaux Tilling (voice of Matthew Broderick), a young mouse different from all others, is also a valuable tale about abandonment, the death of a loved one, forgiveness and ultimately friendship. Directors Sam Fell (“Flushed Away”) and Rob Stevenhagen (His credits include “Wallace & Gromit: »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" review. Comes off as friendly, sweet and all-together lovely

15 December 2008 12:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

"The Tale of Despereaux" reviewby Steve Ramos, Writer ‘Tale of Despereaux’ claims a little hero and a gigantic heart This miniscule hero, one that uses a sewing needle for a sword and sports extra-large ears, is the holiday movie good guy that parents and their children should seek out first.   “The Tale of Despereaux,” Kate Dicamillo’s beloved children’s book, has been described as a story about a mouse, a princess and soup.  That’s all true but the classic story and its fun, colorful and moving big-screen adaptation is so much more. There are meaningful issues in the screen story by co-writers Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (TV’s “Adventures of Pete & Pete”) and the finished screenplay by producer Gary Ross.   The story of Despereaux Tilling (voice of Matthew Broderick), a young mouse different from all others, is also a valuable tale about abandonment, the death of a loved one, »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" review. Comes off as friendly, sweet and all-together lovely

15 December 2008 12:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

This miniscule hero, one that uses a sewing needle for a sword and sports extra-large ears, is the holiday movie good guy that parents and their children should seek out first. “The Tale of Despereaux,” Kate Dicamillo’s beloved children’s book, has been described as a story about a mouse, a princess and soup. That’s all true but the classic story and its fun, colorful and moving big-screen adaptation is so much more. There are meaningful issues in the screen story by co-writers Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (TV’s “Adventures of Pete & Pete”) and the finished screenplay by producer Gary Ross. The story of Despereaux Tilling (voice of Matthew Broderick), a young mouse different from all others, is also a valuable tale about abandonment, the death of a loved one, forgiveness and ultimately friendship. Directors Sam Fell (“Flushed Away”) and Rob Stevenhagen (His credits include “Wallace & Gromit: »

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Opening This Week: A Will Smith weeper, this year's Cannes winner and Mickey Rourke

15 December 2008 6:24 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

There's a noticeably European flavor this week, combined with some good old-fashioned work-a-day miserablism just in time for the holidays. Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or-winning doc shows a French school in minor crisis, Mickey Rourke battles his demons and Jim Carrey flails about -- all in good festive fun!

"The Class"

Considering that the ongoing debate over the education system approaches a national pastime in France, it's not difficult to see why Laurent Cantet's pseudo-documentary chronicling a year in a Paris classroom took home the Palme d'Or on its home turf in Cannes. Based on a semi-autobiographical account from former lit teacher François Bégaudeau, playing a similar role here for the cameras, Cantet delivers a studied microcosm of French society via a multiethnic school with an administration run by committee. During the course of a turbulent school year, every aspect of the human social dynamic is played out with points made, »

- Neil Pedley

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"The Tale of Despereaux" - New interview and other clips!

13 December 2008 1:54 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We are pleased to announce that Movie Jungle has some great new film clips and interview clips for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux." The animated family adventure is helmed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and adapted by "Seabiscuit" helmer Gary Ross from the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate Dicamillo; all of which are included in the interviews. The film features the voice talents of Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" - New interview and other clips!

13 December 2008 1:54 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We are pleased to announce that Movie Jungle has some great new film clips and interview clips for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux." The animated family adventure is helmed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and adapted by "Seabiscuit" helmer Gary Ross from the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate Dicamillo; all of which are included in the interviews. The film features the voice talents of Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" - New interview and other clips!

13 December 2008 1:54 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We are pleased to announce that Movie Jungle has some great new film clips and interview clips for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux." The animated family adventure is helmed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and adapted by "Seabiscuit" helmer Gary Ross from the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate Dicamillo; all of which are included in the interviews. The film features the voice talents of Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. On December 19th, discover a brave gentleman called 'Despereaux.' The clips and interviews: The Tale of Despereaux(2009)(Released date: 12/19/2008)  -   Rate & Review this! (Not released? Then add a rating on your anticipation!)    -   Add to your List! - Find similar releases!- Get Showtimes & Tickets on MovieJungle.com! »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" - New interview and other clips!

13 December 2008 1:54 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We are pleased to announce that Movie Jungle has some great new film clips and interview clips for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux." The animated family adventure is helmed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and adapted by "Seabiscuit" helmer Gary Ross from the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate Dicamillo; all of which are included in the interviews. The film features the voice talents of Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" World Premiere Photography

7 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See photography from the red carpet premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" including Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Dicamillo and Gary Ross. The premiere took place on December th at the ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood, California. The film is based on Newberry Award-winning book written by Kate Dicamillo which Gary Ross (helmer for the beloved "Seabiscuit") adapts. Directing are Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen. Fell helmed "Flushed Away" for DreamWorks whilst Stevenhagen makes his directorial debut on the project. »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" World Premiere Photography

7 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See photography from the red carpet premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" including Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Dicamillo and Gary Ross. The premiere took place on December th at the ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood, California. The film is based on Newberry Award-winning book written by Kate Dicamillo which Gary Ross (helmer for the beloved "Seabiscuit") adapts. Directing are Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen. Fell helmed "Flushed Away" for DreamWorks whilst Stevenhagen makes his directorial debut on the project. »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" World Premiere Photography

7 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See photography from the red carpet premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" including Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Dicamillo and Gary Ross. The premiere took place on December th at the ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood, California. The film is based on Newberry Award-winning book written by Kate Dicamillo which Gary Ross (helmer for the beloved "Seabiscuit") adapts. Directing are Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen. Fell helmed "Flushed Away" for DreamWorks whilst Stevenhagen makes his directorial debut on the project. On December 19th, a little mouse with big ears and an even bigger heart, charms his way into theatres. All images are Copyright© Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos. Discount Store items: Are you registered on MovieJungle.com or want to register? Every user gets a 10% discount voucher which Never Expires. This can be used in the store and applied towards your total cart (shipping »

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"The Tale of Despereaux" World Premiere Photography

7 December 2008 11:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See photography from the red carpet premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" including Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Dicamillo and Gary Ross. The premiere took place on December th at the ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood, California. The film is based on Newberry Award-winning book written by Kate Dicamillo which Gary Ross (helmer for the beloved "Seabiscuit") adapts. Directing are Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen. Fell helmed "Flushed Away" for DreamWorks whilst Stevenhagen makes his directorial debut on the project. »

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Update: Eisner Is Attached to Creature from the Black Lagoon

5 December 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Update: Ross contacted AICN to clear up some confusion. Breck Eisner remains attached to direct the remake! Producer and screenwriter of the inevitable Creature from the Black Lagoon remake Gary Ross provided an update to the press on the status of the project. He revealed a few surprising things. First, it appears Breck Eisner - who we spoke to about the film at the beginning of the summer - does not have a secure position in the director's chair. Ross says a director is "undecided" and that "the movie is not greenlit . let me say that. But we hope to be making it sometime next year." The rest of his chat, which can be found here , is the usual CG versus practical Creature talk we've discussed before (see the aforementioned Eisner interview). »

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Update on The Creature from the Black Lagoon Remake

4 December 2008 5:48 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A remake to the classic '50s monster movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon continues to stick on my radar, despite there being little news of the project since we first reported on it back in May. Thankfully, Latino Review caught up with screenwriter Gary Ross (son to Arthur Ross, one of the writers from the original) who provided a few decent updates on the rather slow-moving project. Similar to Scott Frank's Planet of the Apes project, Ross and crew intend to approach the Gilman creature from a realistic and scientific perspective. Ross said, "We found some scientific under pinnings for it, which my Dad actually felt in the original... In fact, he based it on a lung fish that was found around that time." Bolstering the serious tone, Ross also commented, "We're going to treat it with a certain amount of dignity... We're not approaching this a »

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Update: New Progress on 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'

4 December 2008 3:37 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

A remake that has been lingering for what seems like ages over at Universal Pictures is The Creature From The Black Lagoon, which until now had director Breck Eisner locked down to direct. Today a new interview with Producer/Screenwriter Gary Ross appeared online to talk a bit about the remake, all of which can be found beyond the break. Maybe if The Wolfman is successful in the Spring it'll light a fire under Uni's arse? Producer/Screenwriter Gary Ross talked a bit about remake today to Collider. It seems that the movie is still not greenlit yet, but he hopes to have it going sometime next year. He also said that its not going to be campy and that they still havent decided if the creature will be live action or itll be CGI. »

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Eisner Not a Lock for Creature Remake?

4 December 2008 2:57 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Some interesting news broke today regarding Universal's pending remake of the Fifties classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. For months now we've been hearing (and dreading) the choice of Breck Eisner as director for the film, but in a recent interview it seems like we all may be in luck!

Producer/screenwriter Gary Ross told Collider that Eisner's name hasn't been associated with the movie for quite some time now, and that it has not even been greenlit yet.

Let's hear from the man himself ...

"I’m producing it. We’re actually moving forward," Ross told the site in a recent interview, "It’s certainly going to be based on the original; my dad’s favorite was The Creature Walks Among Us and that was the last one which my dad also wrote. It’s not going to be campy [and] it’s not a reference to what the original was. »

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Gary Ross Confirms Creature from the Black Lagoon Remake

4 December 2008 10:06 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

ReelzChannel spoke to Gary Ross (Big, Seabiscuit) today about his plans to remake Creature From the Black Lagoon. Ross is currently doing press for his upcoming animated adaptation of the children's classic The Tale of Despereaux.

As some may already know, Ross is the son of iconic B-movie writer Arthur A. Ross, who penned the original Creature film as well as the sequel The Creature Walks Among Us. The elder Ross recently passed away, and his son hopes to pay homage to his father by writing and producing the remake.

"It’s going great," Ross said with a big smile. "We’re actually moving forward. My dad wrote the original, so it’s not a reference to what the original is. We take it sort of seriously. We found some scientific underpinnings for it, which my dad actually developed in the original. He actually based it on a lungfish that was found around that time. »

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