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The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Poster

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Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a brave, little mouse who loved honor and justice and always told the truth.

[Camera zooms in and we see a rat named Roscuro]

Narrator: No, that's not him. That's a rat. And anyone who knows anything, knows there is a big difference between a mouse and a rat. First of all, rats hate the light.

[Roscuro climbs on a barrel and looks at the sun]

Narrator: They spend their lives in the darkness. Also terrify the people which is why they're slinking and cover all the time.

[Roscuro goes to near of a sailor]

Narrator: And as far as telling the truth as concerned, well, that is impossible, because as everyone knows a rat can't talk.

[Roscuro starts to talk]

Roscuro: Tell me that thing again, please.

Pietro: Come on!

Roscuro: Tell me one more time and I won't ask you ever again, I swear.

Pietro: Fine. We are headed to Dor, one of the most magical places in the whole world.

Roscuro: No, that's not what you said before. You know, every place has something special and in Dor, it's "the soup".

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Narrator: If you know anything about fairy tales, then you know that a hero doesn't appear until the world really needs one.

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Narrator: When your heart breaks it can grow back crooked. It grows back twisted and gnarled and hard.

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Narrator: The story said she was a prisoner but that wasn't totally true because she had hope and whenever you have hope, you're never really anybody's prisoner.

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Narrator: [voiceover] I could say they lived happily ever after, but what's the fun in that?

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Narrator: So sometimes it doesn't take much for your dreams to come true, you just have to be able to see it that way.

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Princess Pea: What are you, a mouse?

Despereaux: No... I'm a gentleman.

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Narrator: Of course, destiny is a funny thing. We go out to meet it and we don't always know that we are.

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Narrator: In fact, you can have a good heart and not even know it.

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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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Princess Pea: Do you think there's a bit of light somewhere in the world? I think there is you just need to know where to find it.

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Andre: You're a cute little mouse. Would you like some soup?

Despereaux: No I don't want... The princess is in danger!

Andre: And a talking mouse, too.

Despereaux: Listen, you gotta help me.

Andre: Perhaps a little cheese?

Despereaux: No I don't any Cheese! The princess, she's in danger! She's locked in the dungeon!

Boldo: In the dungeon?

Andre: Oh, don't be silly my little mouse. Everything is fine. The princess is perfectly safe up in her...

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Andre: You ruined my soup!

Boldo: I saved your soup! Those people wait all year and you want to give them this dishwater!

Andre: Dishwater?

Boldo: Dishwater.

Andre: Dishwater!

Boldo: Ow! Cut it out!

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Queen: It moved. My soup moved.

Andre: No, it isn't. It did not move.

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Roscuro: Tell me that story... about the princess. Tell me what she looked like.

Despereaux: Well, she was...

Roscuro: Was she angry?

Despereaux: No. No, not at all. Her heart was full of... longing.

Roscuro: What's longing?

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Andre: Boldo, look, it's...

[he turns as he realizes Boldo left]

Andre: Boldo, where are you?

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Miggery Sow: Ding Ding.

Gregory: Slop.

[Miggery stops. Pause]

Gregory: No, don't stop! I said slop!

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Botticelli: A rat is a rat... It doesn't really matter where you come from.

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Principal: [going over the violations Despereaux committed at school] February 1, didn't cower. February 2, didn't cower. Didn't cower. Didn't cower. Won't scurry. Ah! Here's one.

[He pulls out a note book with a child's drawing of a cat]

Principal: He drew cats on his notebooks.

Lester: [flinching away from the drawing] No cats!

Antoinette: [dismayed] I can't imagine.

Principal: I'm afraid so...

[stiffly]

Principal: He named it "Fluffy!"

LesterAntoinette: [they both moan in dismay]

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Teacher: [to Despereaux] Oh, Despereaux... There are so many wonderful things to be afraid of when you just learn to know how scary they are.

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Princess Pea: [Pea hears a noise and turns to see Mig on her hands and knees with piece of rope] Mig? What are you doing?

Miggery Sow: Cleaning, ma'am.

Princess Pea: [suspiciously] With rope?

Miggery Sow: It works fine, ma'am.

Princess Pea: Well do stop playing around, you look ridiculous.

[Mig's calm demeanor breaks as intense music plays in the background]

Miggery Sow: [very suspicious] Sorry, ma'am?

Princess Pea: I said...

[voice echoing]

Princess Pea: You look RIDICULOUS!

Miggery Sow: [Mig scowls in resentment as she hears these hurtful words echo through her head]

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Miggery Sow: [calling through a hole in the floor of her cell; unaware that Gregory hears her cries] Help! HEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP! Can anyone hear me? HEELL-LLLL-LLLPPPP! I'm in here!

[her voice begins to break]

Miggery Sow: I'm in here!

[Mig cries as Gregory enters her cell; in the light he sees her birthmark and recognizes her as his daughter. Gregory lets out a gasp and drops his keys in his astonishment. Mig turns around and sees him]

Miggery Sow: [gasps] Gor! What took you so long? I've been screaming in here for over TWO hours!

Gregory: [trying to find his voice; overcome with emotion] My-My little princess!

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Teacher: Despereaux.

Despereaux: Yes?

Teacher: You didn't cower.

Despereaux: Look's like a sword.

Teacher: It's a carving knife.

Despereaux: It's beautiful.

Teacher: It's dangerous.

Despereaux: Do you have any more?

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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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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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Lester: Do what he does.

Antoinette: And don't do anything he doesn't.

Lester: And if he's afraid of something.

Antoinette: Then you need to be afraid of it, too.

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Despereaux: Once upon a time. That's great, isn't it? "Upon a time"? And they don't even tell you what time that is yet. It's like you have to find that out.

Furlough: You're not supposed to read it, Despereaux. You're supposed to eat it.

[hands the ripped page to Despereaux]

Furlough: Good. I'll come back in an hour

[Despereaux reads the page]

Furlough: And no reading! It's a rule.

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Mayor: How long have you been working on this book?

Despereaux: Um... a week.

Mayor: A week? You hardly cracked it.

Despereaux: Well I was... I just wanted to see how it ends.

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