The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Poster

An unusually brave mouse helps to restore happiness to a forlorn kingdom after making friends with a gentleman rat.




  • Matthew Broderick in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Matthew Broderick and Tony Hale in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Matthew Broderick in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Emma Watson in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Matthew Broderick in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Sigourney Weaver in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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19 January 2009 | Mihnea_aka_Pitbull
| Qualities and flaws
The qualities:

  • Superb graphics, expressive, beautiful and stylish;

  • Solid characters, both intrinsically and visually;

  • A compelling atmosphere, and mood in general.

The flaws:

  • A chaotic script, confusing and unprofessional. They were too ambitious to keep as much as possible of the novel's sub-plots and secondary characters, but didn't know how to organize them according to the screen-writing rules.

  • A linear direction: everything flows on too uniformly, the important scenes are not accented and developed enough. As such, it gradually becomes boring, and during the culminating moments it's positively anticlimactic.

  • The disadvantageous comparison with "Oblio". That one had spark! This one is also smart, but less inspired.

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Release Date:

19 December 2008



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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,103,675 21 December 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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