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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux
The Voices of: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ulman, Kevin Kline,
William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Richard Jenkins and Christopher Lloyd

Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 19, 2008 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Despereaux Tilling is a brave little mouse. Well his ears are bigger than his relatives and his courage is opposite to what he is taught by his parents and other relatives. Dad tells him mice are cowering and afraid and they eat garbage. Despereaux is not afraid of anything and he reads rather eat. The readings bring him to the world of brave knights and heroes and he sees himself in that light.

While Despereaux is banished from mouseworld for being more like a man than a mouse, the princess, Pea, suffers alone due to her father's grief at the loss of her mother. It takes Despereaux and a rat who is looking for light not dark to save the princess and change the attitude of her father. Despereaux responds that he is a gentleman when asked by the princess if he is a rodent.

Mig, a servant girl who comes from a pig farm, longs to be a princess but she is forced to serve the jailer at the castle. How brave Despereaux changes her life is just as interesting as his altering actions in favor of the king and the princess.

With a script that feels almost real, if you believe in fairy tales, and bright interesting animation the characters travel through the imagined nation in backgrounds that reflect the grandeur of knights and dark cellars where prisoners and their keepers live.

The Tale of Despereaux is exciting and pleasant to watch and very early into the story we adopt him as our hero. The changing of his world and the lives of everyone around him brings a moral to this mouse tail.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Tale of Despereaux  B   B-   C      B   B         B- 

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