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The Tale Of Despereaux

Released on 20 April 2009

Featuring: Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane & Dustin Hoffman

Format: DVD | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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The Tale Of Despereaux tells the story of a plucky little mouse with enormous ears but an even bigger heart. Obsessed with stories of chivalrous knights, Despereaux is banished to the dungeon by his fellow rodents for speaking to a human princess, leading to an adventure of epic proportions!


Once upon a time...

...there was a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux set off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro that eventually led him, at long last, on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess. Set in the far away kingdom of Dor, this magical fable harkens back to a time of honour and chivalry, inspiring fans of all ages to be the best mouse they can be!


  • Despereaux's Quest Game: Multi-Level Game Stands As The True Test For Despereaux's Courage, Bravery And Honour
  • The Tale Of The Tale Of Despereaux: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making Of
  • Interactive Map Of Dor
  • Top Ten Uses For Oversized Ears: Despereaux's Countdown Of The Benefits Of Having Oversized Ears
  • Build-A-Boldo: After Accidentally Falling Apart Into Chef Andre's Delicious Soup, Boldo Must Be Put Back Together

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 Good for kids

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Saw this at the cinema just before christmas and thought would be good if you're a child.There's some humour for adults aswell of course.Dustin Hoffman and the annoying 'Harry Potter' girl lead the all-star voices and Sigourney Weaver narrates.

 This is a movie with a message

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This is a great movie for kids and adults and we can all learn from this tale. The animation is beautifully rendered and the use of narration is very engaging and helps the younger among us to relate to the message and or reinforce it for those who have already understood. This film is not a Disney/ Dreamworks film and as such we are spared the rudeness apparent in Shrek, and the crassness of some other titles. If you have little ones that you read to then this film is for you.

A charming story of bravery, triumph over adversity, the hurt others can cause and also the hurt that we can call..And also how we can all make a difference.

Dare to be different...buy Despereaux!

 Despereaux is a Gentleman!!

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A fabulous old fashioned fairytale. I have seen it 3 times. I think the animation and characters were very engageing and I am absolutely captivated by Despereaux! and his big ears.

 A FAIRYTALE WITHOUT UNECCESSARY JOKES

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If you're looking for another Shrek or Ice Age, then this isn't for you. What we have here is a story well told, without every situation building up to a hillarious one liner or sight gag. That is probably why this film is getting such poor reviews that really put this film down. OK, some of the animation isn't up to what we've had recently, but you soon forget that once you get into the storyline. This film actually is very dark in some places, and even though this is primarily a children's film, some young viewers might need mum or dad with their arm around their shoulders. Overall, not as bad as you might have heard.

 good for kids

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Ery nice little movie with an all star voice over but lacks the finesse and quality of the disney and dreamworks heavyweights.

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ActorsMatthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Christohpher Lloyd, William H. Macy, Tracey Ullman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Hale & Emma Watson
DirectorSam Fell
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
Year2008
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Arabic
Duration1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.