The Tale of Despereaux

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  • Trailer: Despereaux, a tiny mouse with huge ears, is determined to rescue his beloved princess.
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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

"The Tale of Despereaux" tells the story of several unlikely heroes: Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro, a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea, a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father's grief; and Mig, a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer. Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books--reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro's friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig. After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her--and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor. In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth: what you look like doesn't equal what you are.

Cast

  • Matthew Broderick
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Emma Watson
  • Tracey Ullman
  • Kevin Kline
  • William H. Macy
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Tony Hale

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Justin Long was originally slated to voice Despereaux.
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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.
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Quotes

    • [voiceover]
    • Narrator: I could say they lived happily ever after, but what's the fun in that?
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Metacritic

60

The flatly generic results certainly appear at odds with the picture's stirring visual style, which pays homage to the great Flemish artists.

Metacritic review by Michael Rechtshaffen
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
50

A little slow for the very youngest kids -- though the messages it imparts are certainly ones you'll want them to hear.

Metacritic review by Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR