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The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Poster

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Justin Long was originally slated to voice Despereaux.
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Sylvain Chomet was originally set to direct before being dismissed by the production company, to be replaced with Sam Fell. Chomet stated his ideas were too dark for them, and that marketing would question his character designs with future merchandising in mind.
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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.
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The latest-released Universal animated film to be rated G.
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This was Universal's last movie to be produced under the Universal Animation Studios label. All films starting with Despicable Me (2010) were produced by Illumination Entertainment.
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For the scene in which Andre and Boldo were throwing things at each other, Kevin Kline and Stanley Tucci threw things at each other, reading the lines and improvising them based on what transpires into the scene. While they acted the scene out, a cameraman was walking around filming the action. Producer Gary Ross wanted to have them really act it out fully. They tried a variety of different things, different degrees of insanity and intensity.
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Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, and Ciarán Hinds appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
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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.
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Matthew Broderick's third animated film after The Lion King (1994) and Bee Movie (2007).
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The second Universal computer animated film, after The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008).
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Nathaniel Parker were considered for the role of Botticelli.
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Anne Hathaway were considered for the role of Princess Pea.
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Kurt Russell were considered for the role of Roscuro.
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Adam Sandler were considered for the role of Despereaux.
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Queen Latifah were considered for the role of Miggery Sow.
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Rainn Wilson were considered for the role of Botticelli.
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Kevin Spacey were considered for the role of Chef Andre.
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Jack Black were considered for the role of Gregory.
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Ed O'Neill were considered for the role of Furlough Tilling.
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Ron Perlman were considered for the role of Boldo.
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Dylan McDermott were considered for the role of Lester Tilling.
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Edward Burns were considered for the role of Despereaux.
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