The Tale of Despereaux Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 7217

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 70

Theatrical Release Date: 12/19/2008

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/07/2009

Language: English

Genre: Adventure, Animation

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Sam Fell

Actors: Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy

Plot: A mouse with a bright mind and personality is banished for being too brazen. With the help of a rat looking to leave his darkened world, and a servant girl looking to improve her station, the trio will set off on an unforgettable adventure to save a princess and bring light back to the land. -- Chris Kavan

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Alan @ Transbuddha
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Okay, but nothing special

Alan @ Transbuddha - wrote on 12/23/2008

There is a skill to adapting a book into a movie. The rise and fall of action in a series of chapters often doesn’t translate directly to screen and the necessary beats of a feature film.

The Tale of Despereaux isn’t a bad film. It’s got an all-star cast, sharp animation, and a lovable protagonist. It also has too many characters, a convoluted plot, and a less than satisfying ending.

It’s 20+ minutes into the film before we even meet young Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a small mouse with a big heart who takes instantly the notion of chivalry. Despereaux doesn’t fit into a society that wants mice to cower and run; he dreams of adventure, and even doodles drawings of cats.

Events involving a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman) years before have led to the …

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