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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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When you are so small, even for a mouse, the world can be a dangerous place, but when your heart is brave, nothing can stand against your dreams.

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Cast

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Despereaux (voice)
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Roscuro (voice)
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Princess Pea (voice)
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Miggery Sow (voice)
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Andre (voice)
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Lester (voice)
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Boldo (voice)
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Botticelli (voice)
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Gregory (voice)
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Furlough (voice)
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Antoinette (voice)
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Mayor (voice)
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Principal (voice)
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Hovis (voice)
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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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mouse | dream | book | dungeon | darkness | See All (78) »

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Small Mouse. Big Dreams. See more »


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G | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Despereaux - Un pequeño gran héroe  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£560,870 (UK) (19 December 2008)

Gross:

$50,818,750 (USA) (27 February 2009)
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Sylvain Chomet was originally set to direct before being dismissed by the production company, to be replaced with Sam Fell. Chomet stated his ideas were too dark for them, and that marketing would question his character designs with future merchandising in mind. 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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Narrator: Ok, remember when we said that grief was the strongest thing a person could feel? Well, it isn't. It's forgiveness because a single act of forgiveness can change everything.
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Qualities and flaws
19 January 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The qualities:

  • Superb graphics, expressive, beautiful and stylish;




  • Solid characters, both intrinsically and visually;




  • A compelling atmosphere, and mood in general.




The flaws:

  • A chaotic script, confusing and unprofessional. They were too


ambitious to keep as much as possible of the novel's sub-plots and secondary characters, but didn't know how to organize them according to the screen-writing rules.

  • A linear direction: everything flows on too uniformly, the important


scenes are not accented and developed enough. As such, it gradually becomes boring, and during the culminating moments it's positively anticlimactic.

  • The disadvantageous comparison with "Oblio". That one had spark! This


one is also smart, but less inspired.


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