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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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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(book), (screen story) | 2 more credits »

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1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


Certificate:

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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Princess Pea: What are you, a mouse?
Despereaux: No... I'm a gentleman.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.119 (2012) See more »

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Fantastic Film. Superb Story-telling.
3 May 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. Definitely the best film of the year in my opinion. It's full of inspiration. The film was written after the novel by Kate DiCamillo of the same name as the film. The novel won the 2003 Newbery Medal. I have just started listening to the audio book of the novel and it starts off just as inspiring.

Although it is a children's fantasy film it has a whole lot for the adults. One of my favorite films to date. Fantastic, next to Peaceful Warrior.

Not sure about the other comments on here, I guess we have to live with them. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did, because I really loved it and so did everyone I spoke to that's seen it. With an all-star cast this movie truly stands out. Don't miss this one!


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