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


Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen (as Rob Stevenhagen)


Kate DiCamillo (book), Will McRobb (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Despereaux (voice)
Dustin Hoffman ... Roscuro (voice)
Emma Watson ... Princess Pea (voice)
Tracey Ullman ... Miggery Sow (voice)
Kevin Kline ... Andre (voice)
William H. Macy ... Lester (voice)
Stanley Tucci ... Boldo (voice)
Ciarán Hinds ... Botticelli (voice)
Robbie Coltrane ... Gregory (voice)
Tony Hale ... Furlough (voice)
Frances Conroy ... Antoinette (voice)
Frank Langella ... Mayor (voice)
Richard Jenkins ... Principal (voice)
Christopher Lloyd ... Hovis (voice)
Charles Shaughnessy ... 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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Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, and Ciarán Hinds appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise. See more »


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 »


Roscuro: Oh, Your Highness.
[the Queen screams]
King: Darling?
Queen: Oh! A rat! There's a rat in my soup!
Roscuro: Madam, I know this is unfortunate. And I know that while on first glance, I might...
Queen: A rat! In my soup!
Roscuro: No. Please. Shh, shh, shh.
Queen: And I ate it!
Roscuro: Your Highness, hold on...
[the Queen gags and dunks her nose into the soup]
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It's Great to Be a Rat
Written & Performed by Glen Ballard, Gary Ross and David A. Stewart
Arranged by William Ross
Produced by Glen Ballard and David A. Stewart
Published by UPG Music Publishing (BMI) and Universal Pictures Music (ASCAP)
[Deleted song]
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I liked it
7 April 2009 | by Hrothgar50See all my reviews

Although this was not what some would consider a masterpiece of cinema, I though it was great; one of the best kids movies I have seen in a very long time. It was a good tale which taught good principles. There were no adult jokes, fart humor, or any of that nonsense. It did what fairy-tales once did: give hope and inspiration to the less-fortunate while stressing good values. This is what children need more of, not mindless humor meant to please the adults in the crowd. Yeah, the animation wasn't exceptional; but it did have a surreal classic art feel at times. I loved it and will recommend it to my customers. Working at a video store has it's perks. I hope many who would have otherwise turned away will give it a chance.

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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tale of Despereaux See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,103,675, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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