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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.

Writers:

Kate DiCamillo (book), Will McRobb (screen story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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)
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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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Plot Keywords:

mouse | dream | book | dungeon | darkness | See All (79) »

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Small Mouse. Big Dreams. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Despereaux - Un pequeño gran héroe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$50,877,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,482,317
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Universal animated film to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio; all of the studio's previous animated films were produced in 1.85:1. See more »

Goofs

When the chefs in the kitchen scrub the potatoes as they go by, none of the potatoes fall to the floor by how they were scrubbing them. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: When your heart breaks it can grow back crooked. It grows back twisted and gnarled and hard.
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Referenced in The Making of 'The Tale of Despereaux' (2009) See more »

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Sublime! Not a Hollywood cookie cutter.
26 December 2008 | by trintSee all my reviews

I understand the less than stellar reviews from some. This movie is not Toy Story or Madagascar. Don't expect to see Buzz Lightyear kitsch, or Shrek fart-jokes. It is a fairy tale of the finest sort.

I am a long time fan of CGI animation, since the days before Pixar was a household name (and I do love Toy Story). The artistry and technical achievements in this film leave me speechless. The characters emoted better than many live-action films. (They did seem to cut a couple of corners on non-critical characters. The cat was pretty bad by comparison, but it's only in two scenes.) The feel is very literary, as it should be. And you get the feeling they made some sacrifices to get the book to the screen. (Don't they always?) The film makes me want to read the book and see what I missed. Still, the story stands well on it's own.

The voice talent (What a star packed cast!!) was held in check allowing the story to shine through. You don't find yourself thinking, "Hey, it's Robin Williams!" or "Hey, it's Mike Meyers!" (Thank God!) Instead, you enjoy the characters and only momentarily think, "I know that voice." It may be too cerebral (read "old skool") for some of today's iPod, Dragon Ball Z, Nintendo DS, 24/7 non-stop stimulation generation, but it's exactly the kind of story they need.


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