The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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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 in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Emma Watson in The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • Sigourney Weaver 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)

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18 April 2009 | yves-30
| A very nice tale
When I saw the previews of this movie, I wasn't too sure it would be good. And when I read some of the reviews here it really didn't look like a movie I would want to see. But I am a real fan of 3D animation and I will eventually see every feature movie, even if it is to look at the technique only. I have dabbled myself in 3D for several years so I can watch movies from an educated stand point on the 3D itself as well as cinema, which I studied in University. So I went to see this movie and was pleasantly surprised. It seems it is a rendition of a book but I haven't read it so my comments are without prejudgment of the story itself.

The story, while having several classic plot elements (princess that awaits for her knights to save her for example) is also about courage, honor, and selflessness. It is well paced, well written, and well executed. This is not a plot that will surprise you with incredible twist elements, but we have to remember that it is aimed at a young audience. It reminds our kids of values that are too often muddied in kid movies these days. Desperaux is well rounded, and unlike other reviews I read, I cared about his journey, as I also cared about his rat friend as well. Technically, it is a well made movie with a style of its own that recalls greatly the pages of old children books. I am very confident in recommending this movie for all the family.

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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:


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