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

Taglines:

Small Hero. Big Heart. 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 USA:

$10,103,675, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:

$50,877,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,947,965
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: The story said she was a prisoner but that wasn't totally true because she had hope and whenever you have hope, you're never really anybody's prisoner.
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Qualities and flaws
19 January 2009 | by Mihnea_aka_PitbullSee all my reviews

The qualities:

  • Superb graphics, expressive, beautiful and stylish;


  • Solid characters, both intrinsically and visually;


  • A compelling atmosphere, and mood in general.


The flaws:

  • A chaotic script, confusing and unprofessional. They were too ambitious to keep as much as possible of the novel's sub-plots and secondary characters, but didn't know how to organize them according to the screen-writing rules.


  • A linear direction: everything flows on too uniformly, the important scenes are not accented and developed enough. As such, it gradually becomes boring, and during the culminating moments it's positively anticlimactic.


  • The disadvantageous comparison with "Oblio". That one had spark! This one is also smart, but less inspired.


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