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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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

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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 (79) »

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Small Hero. Big Heart. 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) (21 December 2008)

Gross:

$50,877,145 (USA)
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Trivia

This was Universal's last movie to be produced under the Universal Animation Studios label. All films starting with Despicable Me (2010) were produced by Illumination Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

When Andre picks up Despereaux from the kitchen floor, he picks Despereaux by his body and in the next shot, he grabs Despereaux by the tail. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Ok, remember when we said that grief is a strongest thing a person can feel? Well, it isn't. It's forgiveness. Because a single act of forgiveness can change everything.
Roscuro: [Roscuro drops the bone] No!
Botticelli: What?
Roscuro: No.
Botticelli: You worthless little...!
[rings the gong]
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Referenced in Trickboxx: Trickboxx.Kino! Im März (2009) (2009) See more »

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Disappointing, to say the least
4 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a movie that was "just there." I remember being doubtful about Ratatouille. After all, rats and food? Didn't sound like the best combo, but Ratatouille grabs you and pulls you in. Not Despereaux. I was waiting for it to happen, but I was sorely disappointed. The plot was meandering and had no drive to it. I think I chuckled at one thing during the movie, but mostly it was devoid of humor. My kids may have laughed once, too. They didn't leave with the normal "can we get that on DVD" questions. You're waiting for something to happen, for something to peak your interest, for a little heart palpitation, a little humor, an interesting plot twist. It's just not there. One person called the movie a "hack job" on the book. I can't speak to that, since I did not read the book, but I hope - for the author's sake, at least - that the book was better. I'd recommend that you wait to rent this movie. Your kids may like it, but I doubt they will find it as good as Ratatouille, Cars, Shrek, or some of the other quality kids films, so don't waste your money in the theater. For a $5 rental, it's OK. But for the big bucks they charge at the theater, no way!


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