The Tale Of Despereaux (DVD)

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ITEM#: 11900348

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.

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UPC 025193229427
Studio Universal Home Video
Format DVD
Genre Comedy/Family/Animation
Rating General Audiences
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.24 lbs
Directors Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen
Voices Ciaran Hinds, Matthew Broderick, Richard Jenkins, Tracey Ullman, Dustin Hoffman, William H. Macy, Frank Langella, Kevin Kline, Christopher Lloyd, Frances Conroy, Robbie Coltrane, Stanley Tucci, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, James Nesbitt, Tony Hale
Country of Origin United States

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