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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.

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Kate DiCamillo (book), Will McRobb (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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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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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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Details

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

A couple of characters have names that are artistic references. "Roscuro" refers to the "Chiaroscuro Movement", Botticelli is a reference to the artist Sandro Botticelli of "The Birth of Venus", and Boldo is named after Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a famous surrealistic painter who composed faces and figures out of various objects in the way that Boldo himself is made out of fruit, vegetables and kitchen utensils. 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

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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I liked it
7 April 2009 | by Jeremy WilliamsSee 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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