The Tale of Despereaux

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The Tale of Despereaux


Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, laughter aplenty and gallons of mouthwatering soup. But an accident left the King broken-hearted, the Princess filled with longing and the townsfolk without their soup. Sunlight disappeared. The world became gray. All hope was lost in this land…until Despereaux Tilling was born.

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea (Emma Watson) 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 (Dustin Hoffman), 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 (Tracey Ullman).

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.

MPAA Rating: G
Genre: Family/Adventure/Animation
Runtime: 90 min
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, and William H. Macy
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen

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Filed in: Adventure, Animation, Family • Monday, July 5th, 2010

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