The Tale of Despereaux

2008, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 34m

112 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Despite its striking visuals, The Tale of Despereaux as a story feels familiar and unimaginative. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Once a thriving place of sunshine and delicious soup, the faraway kingdom of Dor has fallen into sadness. An accident leaves the king brokenhearted; the sunshine fades, and the soup disappears Into this world is born Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a book-loving mouse and friend to Princess Pea (Emma Watson). When Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux must find a knight's brave heart within his tiny body and rescue his friend.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Broderick
Despereaux
Voice
Dustin Hoffman
Roscuro
Voice
Kevin Kline
Andre
Voice
William H. Macy
Lester
Voice
Stanley Tucci
Boldo
Voice
Ciarán Hinds
Botticelli
Voice
Robbie Coltrane
Gregory
Voice
Frances Conroy
Antoinette
Voice
Tony Hale
Furlough
Voice
Richard Jenkins
Principal
Voice
Sam Fell
Director
Gary Ross
Screenwriter
Will McRobb
Screenwriter
Chris Viscardi
Screenwriter
Gary Ross
Producer
William Sargent
Executive Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer
David Lipman
Executive Producer
Robin Bissell
Executive Producer
William Ross
Original Music
Evgeni Tomov
Production Design
Mark Solomon
Film Editing
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Critic Reviews for The Tale of Despereaux

Audience Reviews for The Tale of Despereaux

  • Dec 02, 2011
    Good animation, but a boring and unintellegent story. Really not very good, a better tale for a straight to DVD movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2011
    This is a very sweet and beautifully animated movie. I thought all the characters were memorable, and the story was very good and charming. I've read some reviews where people say that this movie is too dark and boring, but this is not true in my opinion. Animated movies don't need to be all pink and happy in order to be good, sadly it has become a common standard for people to expect this. I really liked this movie.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    a visually wonderful film for familys and kids. full of wonderful charecters here and there and the animatin is good looking. very imaginable and creative. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2011
    Good animation, but a boring and unintellegent story. Really not very good, a better tale for a straight to DVD movie.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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