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The Tale of Despereaux

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A diminutive mouse strives to make a mammoth change in his troubled kingdom in this adaptation of author Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning children's book. A long time ago, in the distant kingdom of Dor, a horrible accident broke the heart of the king, left a beautiful princess crestfallen, and filled the townspeople with despair. As the sun disappeared from the sky and the flowers were drained of color, the laughter slowly ceased in this once-magical land. It was into this darkened world that a tiny mouse ...
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Overview

A diminutive mouse strives to make a mammoth change in his troubled kingdom in this adaptation of author Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning children's book. A long time ago, in the distant kingdom of Dor, a horrible accident broke the heart of the king, left a beautiful princess crestfallen, and filled the townspeople with despair. As the sun disappeared from the sky and the flowers were drained of color, the laughter slowly ceased in this once-magical land. It was into this darkened world that a tiny mouse named Despereaux Tilling was born, and while this virtuous little rodent may have been short in stature, his bravery was ultimately too big for such a small world to contain. An unlikely hero with oversized ears and a discernible wheeze, Despereaux was taken with tales of chivalry, and longed to one day become a noble figure among his people. Sometimes in order to realize their true destiny, heroes must first experience great hardship, however, and when Despereaux fails to adhere to the rigid rules of his society, he is banished from Dor. Later, while exploring the outer realms, the lonely Despereaux is joined by a kindhearted rat named Roscuro. Roscuro, too, has been excommunicated from his homeland, and still cannot stand to look into a mirror lest he be reminded of his painful past. Later, as Despereaux embarks on a treacherous quest to rescue the endangered Princess Pea, Roscuro is set down the path of self-destruction after receiving a painful rejection from his highness. Now, on their way to realizing their extraordinary destinies, these two unlikely heroes will face off against the malevolent leader of the sewer rats, who is plotting revenge on humans from his subterranean kingdom; befriend a common serving girl who longs to become princess; and meet a whole host of colorful characters that they will never forget. Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, and Tracey Ullman lead a powerhouse cast in this animated feature produced by Gary Ross and Allison Thomas. Also lending voices to the project are Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, William H. Macy, and Christopher Lloyd.
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Special Features

Exclusive sneak peek of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!; Despereaux's Quest game; Build-a-Boldo game; The Making of the Tale of Despereaux; DVD-ROM activities
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Editorial Reviews

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The world of food-related metaphors describing an individual film experience is vast, ranging from a glass of the finest vintage to chicken soup, and on some unfortunate occasions, the very questionable egg salad sandwich procured from a gas-station vending machine. The Tale of Despereaux is a cookie and a glass of milk. Also, puppies, kittens, a bedtime story, Christmas, birthday presents, and flannel pajamas, without being overly adorable. It plays exactly like a really, really good fairy tale should, with just the right amounts of darkness, light, earnestness, and humor not unlike the soup that connects the intersecting lives of man, mouse, and rat in the film, and thanks to breathtaking animation and Sigourney Weaver's smooth narrative voice, it's gorgeous to watch and hear. There's Roscuro voiced by Dustin Hoffman, a kind-hearted seafaring rat who accidentally sets off a tragic sequence of events within the kingdom of Dor and finds himself in the sinister, subterranean Ratworld; the Dor royals, whose family is ripped apart when the queen suffers a nasty shock on Soup Day, the island's most celebrated holiday; and the residents of Mouseworld, a generally kind populace that just doesn't know what to do with young Despereaux, who, despite all of their efforts, can't seem to uphold the mouse society's all-important value of cowering in the face of danger. Small even for a mouse, Despereaux is born, literally, with his uncommonly large eyes wide open, ready to look the world square in the face. When Despereaux, under the tutelage of his appropriately timid brother, is sent to the Dor castle library to learn how to eat paper, he finds himself preferring to read the medieval tales of chivalry, heroism, and the rescuing of princesses. Before long, Despereaux has sworn to uphold the code of a gentleman, and vows to the human Princess Pea who longs for the sunny days and hot soup that disappeared after the queen's demise to finish the book and bring her news of the storybook princess' fate. Naturally, things don't go as planned -- Despereaux's insistence on consorting with humans and refusing to obey mouse laws gets him a ticket to the sewers, where a chance meeting with Roscuro saves him from a nasty gladiatorial arena-style death at the hands of the rats. Thus, their quests begin: Despereaux must escape the sewers and obey Princess Pea's request, while Roscuro vows to set things right with the royal family. The Tale of Despereaux is a perfect fairy tale, adhering to The Princess Bride's standards of fighting, fencing, torture, and true love, without the ham-fisted moral element of so many of its fairy-tale predecessors. This is not to say the film doesn't impart several morals; it does, and they are important morals to take to heart: do not run from the world, do not allow the grief of death to poison the joy of life, and be careful when laying blame. Though the film, again, is beautiful to watch, there are some genuinely scary moments that will have viewers of any age half-convinced that their gallant hero is bound to meet a violent end, and the pacing is hurried at times. However, the film is so darn sincere not to mention completely devoid of musical interludes and pop-cultural asides, it's a feat in itself to notice any flaws, let alone care a great deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 025193229427
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,914

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Voice Only
Robbie Coltrane Voice Only, Voice Only
Frances Conroy Voice Only, Voice Only
Tony Hale Voice Only, Voice Only
Emma Watson Voice Only, Voice Only
Ciarán Hinds Voice Only, Voice Only
Tracey Ullman Voice Only, Voice Only
Dustin Hoffman Voice Only
Kevin Kline Voice Only, Voice Only
Richard Jenkins Voice Only, Voice Only
Frank Langella Voice Only, Voice Only
William H. Macy Voice Only, Voice Only
Christopher Lloyd Voice Only, Voice Only
James Nesbitt Voice Only
Sigourney Weaver Voice Only, Voice Only
Charles Shaughnessy Voice Only
Stanley Tucci Voice Only, Voice Only
Justin Long Voice Only
Technical Credits
Sam Fell Director
Rob Stevenhagen Director
Glen Ballard Songwriter
Robin Bissell Executive Producer
Brad Blackbourn Cinematographer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
David Lipman Executive Producer
Will McRobb Original Story
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Ross Producer, Screenwriter
William Ross Score Composer
William Sargent Executive Producer
Tracy Shaw Co-producer
Mark Solomon Editor
Dave Stewart Songwriter
Allison Thomas Producer
Chris Viscardi Original Story
Debra Zane Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tale of Despereaux
1. Main Titles [2:16]
2. Soup Day [3:06]
3. A Royal Creation [4:09]
4. The Taste Test [4:45]
5. Terrible Sadness [2:29]
6. Mouseworld [5:58]
7. Ratworld [3:06]
8. Learning to Be Afraid [7:10]
9. Meeting the Princess [7:47]
10. Banished [2:10]
11. Into the Dungeon [5:36]
12. Playing Cat & Mouse [5:42]
13. A Noble Quest [6:35]
14. Broken-Hearted [4:25]
15. Taken Prisoner [4:04]
16. Soup's On [5:25]
17. Chivalry, Bravery, Honor [3:49]
18. Out of the Bag [2:12]
19. Forgiven [3:22]
20. End Titles [2:37]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Tale of Despereaux
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Sneak Peek of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
      The Tale of the Tale of Despereaux
      Interactive Map of the Kingdom of Dor
      Top Ten Uses for Oversized Ears
      Despereaux's Quest Game
      Build-a-Boldo Game
      Rom
   Setup
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Cute cover is deceiving.

    This movie was extremely depressing. The plot behind the movie involves the queen's death after eating soup that a mouse has fallen into.
    The rest of the movie involves a giant rat who gets his kicks out of torturing using the methods of the Coliseum.
    I do not recommend this movie despite the cuteness of the main character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great things come in small packages

    Great Movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic Family Fun.

    Great story line. Endearing lead mouse. Wonderful family or group entertainment. Get your popcorn and enjoy!
    Adorable characters and entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Small, But Mighty

    Enchanted fun and swashbuckling action. Small, yes, but Desperaux is a mighty mouse. You'll love the adorable character and his surrounding cast. It has that lovable, fairy-tale feel (our should I say fairy- tail?).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    this is a really cute movie. I highly recommend it to all ages.

    A young mouse is not like his family or friends. He is brave and energetic. The mouse council decides to send him down the drain from which no mouse has ever come back. the rats capture him and give him to a friendly rat who used to be a sailor. Together they escape and save the princess and the cook's famous soup.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It was much better as a book.

    Me personally, enjoy seeing my favorite books on the big screen. But for the movie "Tale of Desperaux" I was highly anticipating on, I got very disappointed at the end. There were so many things added to the movie that weren't even in the book. This proves my point to my friend that books are better than movies (well in my opinion).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good

    learn about wisdom

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cute

    that was a pretty cute movie. It also makes me really hungry! (the movie has lots of soup)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charming animation, though story suffers

    As with most animated features today, this is great fun to watch. The characters are charming and well enacted. However, fans of DiCamillo will be disappointed by the storyline as it strays so far from the book as to be hardly recognizable. 'tis a shame, because the original work has so much more to offer than what actually ended up in the movie. If this is your first introduction to Kate DiCamillo's writing, you have been misled. Order the book.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AWESOME!

    This was a great movie. I read the book right before I saw the movie and I was not a bit disappointed. Everyone I know says that they made a complete fool out of the book but I do not think so. You should buy this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tale of Despereaux is one for the sunday afternoon rest and relax DVD club!

    This is one of those stores that you can watch over and over on those rainy saterday and sunday afternoons even if its not raining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Adorable!

    I thought this was a very sweet, heartfelt movie. Definitely worth one viewing, but you'll want more. and Despereaux himself is so cute as a mouse!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Such great potential...

    This movie as a whole is great, but one or two of the characters (namely the villain) are introduced suddenly and aren't explained as well as they should be. The film could also be just a little bit longer to allow for more story depth. The amount given is great, but since it's based off of the book, a tiny bit more could have been put in easily without disrupting the flow of the movie. The music and animation are brilliant, and the lighting is superb. Over all a great film, but just a few fixes here and there could have made it even better.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It Could Have Been Better.

    I thought it could have been much better.I thought the book was much better than the book because they were nothing alike. I weren't read the book than see the movie because you would feel it was a waste of time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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