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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Despereaux (voice)
Roscuro (voice)
Princess Pea (voice)
Miggery Sow (voice)
Andre (voice)
Lester (voice)
Boldo (voice)
Botticelli (voice)
Gregory (voice)
Furlough (voice)
Antoinette (voice)
Mayor (voice)
Principal (voice)
Hovis (voice)
Pietro (voice)


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) »


Small Mouse. Big Dreams. See more »


G | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Despereaux - Un pequeño gran héroe  »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£560,870 (United Kingdom), 21 December 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,103,675, 21 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justin Long was originally slated to voice Despereaux. Ultimately, the role went to Matthew Broderick. See more »


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 »


Botticelli: You don't need to be afraid. I know it's dark, but you'll get used to it.
Roscuro: Who... who are you?
Botticelli: Just a rat, like you. Come with me.
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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Enjoyable Fairy Tale!
23 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

It's sad that movie producers don't make this kind of movie anymore. This is a classic, wonderful fairy tale that is good for the whole family. It does have a few flaws such as this movie is too dark for a G-rating. But the movie itself works and it's not boring like many people say it to be.

This is about a mouse who is different from the rest of the mice. After being kicked out of this tribe, he befriends a rat and together they must save a kingdom from darkness.

This movie has an impressive voice cast. Matthew Broderick does a good job playing the hero mouse.

The animation is pretty good. It looked like the animation was drawn. I liked it though. It reminds me of old Disney movies. In fact, this has a great moral like the rest. I liked this film a lot. I rate this film 8/10.

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