The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Director: Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen Cast: Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
UPC: 0025193229427
Original Release: 2008
Rating: G
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 10,559

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Despereaux
Robbie Coltrane Gregory
Frances Conroy Antoinette
Tony Hale Furlough
Ciarán Hinds Botticelli
Dustin Hoffman Roscuro
Richard Jenkins Principal
Kevin Kline Andre
Frank Langella Mayor
Christopher Lloyd Hovis
William H. Macy Lester
Charles Shaughnessy Pietro
Stanley Tucci Boldo
Tracey Ullman Miggery Sow
Emma Watson Princess Pea
Sigourney Weaver Narrator

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

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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The Tale of Despereaux 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Great story line. Endearing lead mouse. Wonderful family or group entertainment. Get your popcorn and enjoy! Adorable characters and entertaining.
Teacher-zoey More than 1 year ago
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?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book is tale of desperaux .It about a mouse in love with a princess pea, he has big ears and believes in happily ever after. The mouse goes to the dungeon for not following the mouse rules. He’s name is Desperaux. A rat that cause all rats to the dungeon with desperaux, but he turned a bad rat. This made him to convince a girl miggery a girl who wants to be a princess but a maid for the princess because her father Greggory sold her for a pack of cigars. He ended up at the castle dungeon tried to put her in the dungeon and steal her crown and be a princess. I give this book a 5 because it’s 4 books in1. I have never seen any book like this it’s impossible to stop reading. It’s easy, fun and has some pictures but for rest of the book you can imagine in your head. I loved tale of desperaux the movie the book everything and it deserved the Newberry book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Baloo_182 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Awesomegirlskj More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
cheergirl100 More than 1 year ago
that was a pretty cute movie. It also makes me really hungry! (the movie has lots of soup)
honeybear45 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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k9pretty More than 1 year ago
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.