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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.

Directors:

Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen (as Rob Stevenhagen)

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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Small Mouse. Big Dreams. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The latest-released Universal animated film to be rated G. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Soup
(uncredited)
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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Disappointing, to say the least
4 January 2009 | by russcampbell-1See all my reviews

This was a movie that was "just there." I remember being doubtful about Ratatouille. After all, rats and food? Didn't sound like the best combo, but Ratatouille grabs you and pulls you in. Not Despereaux. I was waiting for it to happen, but I was sorely disappointed. The plot was meandering and had no drive to it. I think I chuckled at one thing during the movie, but mostly it was devoid of humor. My kids may have laughed once, too. They didn't leave with the normal "can we get that on DVD" questions. You're waiting for something to happen, for something to peak your interest, for a little heart palpitation, a little humor, an interesting plot twist. It's just not there. One person called the movie a "hack job" on the book. I can't speak to that, since I did not read the book, but I hope - for the author's sake, at least - that the book was better. I'd recommend that you wait to rent this movie. Your kids may like it, but I doubt they will find it as good as Ratatouille, Cars, Shrek, or some of the other quality kids films, so don't waste your money in the theater. For a $5 rental, it's OK. But for the big bucks they charge at the theater, no way!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,103,675, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:

$50,877,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,957,280
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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