Tale of Despereaux (Blu-ray)

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Children's animated adventure featuring an all-star voice cast including Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver and Dustin Hoffman. The film tells the tale of Despereaux Tilling (Broderick), a misfit mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea (Emma Watson), a rat called Roscuro (Hoffman) who lives in the darkness but covets a world filled with light, and Miggery Sow (Tracey Ullman), a slow-witted serving girl with cauliflower ears who harbours one simple, but utterly impossible, wish. The unlikely trio embark on an adventure-filled journey that takes them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and into a circle of friendship that will never be broken.

Product Details

Barcode
5050582696080
Department
Movies & TV
Released
20 Apr 2009
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Animation
Sub-genre
Animation
Region
Region B
Language
English
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
93 min
Age Restriction
U
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Tale of Despereaux
Release Year
2008
Running Time
87 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Animated / Adventure / Animated Characters / Animated Worlds / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$50.8 million
Official Website
http://www.thetaleofdespereauxmovie.com/
Ratings
IMDb
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes®
57%
Metacritic
53
Synopsis
Universal Pictures crafts a whimsical tale of courage using some truly stunning CGI animation in THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX. Based on the award-winning book of the same name, the film features some all-star voice work from the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman, and Matthew Broderick. The story begins in the European city of Dor, a picturesque town know for its amazing soup. When the soup-obsessed rat Roscuro (Hoffman) accidentally brings about a tragedy in the royal kingdom, the Dor King falls into mourning, both soup and rats are banned, and the skies turn to gray. Roscuro soon finds himself living in the dank darkness of a place called Rat World. Nearby, in Mouse World, we finally meet our hero, Despereaux (Broderick). Despereaux is an unusually small mouse with some rather over-sized dreams. Despite his small stature, he longs to live a bold and exciting life, and he chafes at the dictums of Mouse World--where mice are taught to live quietly in fear. When Despereaux goes so far as to befriend the human Princess Pea (Emma Watson), he is booted from Mouse World down into the miseries of Rat World. There he meets Roscuro, and together the two decide to carry out their own individual quests and right what has been wronged. While Roscuro soon finds himself going astray, Despereaux sticks to his guns--or rather, his sewing-needle sword--and he fights to bring joy and freedom back to the city of Dor.

The film remains pretty faithful to the book, although it does trim down some of the quirkier aspects of the novel. Yet the story is still refreshingly dark in places, and is reminiscent of such classic tales as THE SECRET OF NIMH and WATERSHIP DOWN--smart cartoons that were always about much more than mere cuddly talking animals.
Poster
Poster for Tale of Despereaux
Cast & Crew
Director
Sam Fell / Rob Stevenhagen
Voice
Dustin Hoffman / Emma Watson / Matthew Broderick / Robbie Coltrane / Frances Conroy / Tony Hale / Ciaran Hinds / Richard Jenkins / Kevin Kline / Frank Langella / Christopher Lloyd / William H. Macy / James Nesbitt / Stanley Tucci / Tracey Ullman / Sigourney Weaver
Screenwriter
Will McRobb / Gary Ross / Chris Viscardi
Source Writer
Kate DiCamillo / Author: Kate DiCamillo
Composer
William Ross
Executive Producer
Robin Bissell / Ryan Kavanaugh / David Lipman / William Sargent
Producer
Gary Ross / Allison Thomas
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]eautifully drawn...rendered in enchanting detail and painterly colors....It is a joy to look at frame by frame..."
Roger Ebert (17 Dec 2008, )
Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "A heartwarming tale of a little mouse that could, DESPEREAUX is a cross between DUMBO and THE PRINCESS BRIDE."
Helen O'Hara (1 Feb 2009, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[T]his CG adventure looks like an illuminated manuscript brought to life. The screen glows with Renaissance golds..."
Entertainment Weekly Staff (1 Jan 2009, )
Hollywood Reporter
"[T]he artfully rendered CG animation is quite lovely..."
Michael Rechtshaffen (15 Dec 2009, )
New York Times
"It begins as all fairy tales should, with a narrator recounting the story of the pastel-hued Kingdom of Dor....Pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated..."
Manohla Dargis (19 Dec 2008, )