The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Matthew Broderick
Director: Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen Cast: Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
, Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen,

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A diminutive mouse strives to make a mammoth change in his troubled kingdom in this adaptation of author Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning children's book. A long time ago, in the distant kingdom of Dor, a horrible accident broke the heart of the king, left a beautiful princess crestfallen, and filled the townspeople with despair. As the sun disappeared from the sky and the flowers were drained of color, the laughter slowly ceased in this once-magical land. It was into this darkened world that a tiny mouse named Despereaux Tilling was born, and while this virtuous little rodent may have been short in stature, his bravery was ultimately too big for such a small world to contain. An unlikely hero with oversized ears and a discernible wheeze, Despereaux was taken with tales of chivalry, and longed to one day become a noble figure among his people. Sometimes in order to realize their true destiny, heroes must first experience great hardship, however, and when Despereaux fails to adhere to the rigid rules of his society, he is banished from Dor. Later, while exploring the outer realms, the lonely Despereaux is joined by a kindhearted rat named Roscuro. Roscuro, too, has been excommunicated from his homeland, and still cannot stand to look into a mirror lest he be reminded of his painful past. Later, as Despereaux embarks on a treacherous quest to rescue the endangered Princess Pea, Roscuro is set down the path of self-destruction after receiving a painful rejection from his highness. Now, on their way to realizing their extraordinary destinies, these two unlikely heroes will face off against the malevolent leader of the sewer rats, who is plotting revenge on humans from his subterranean kingdom; befriend a common serving girl who longs to become princess; and meet a whole host of colorful characters that they will never forget. Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, and Tracey Ullman lead a powerhouse cast in this animated feature produced by Gary Ross and Allison Thomas. Also lending voices to the project are Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, William H. Macy, and Christopher Lloyd.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
UPC: 0025193229427
Original Release: 2008
Rating: G
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 34,603

Special Features

Exclusive sneak peek of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!; Despereaux's Quest game; Build-a-Boldo game; The Making of the Tale of Despereaux; DVD-ROM activities

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Despereaux
Robbie Coltrane Gregory
Frances Conroy Antoinette
Tony Hale Furlough
Ciarán Hinds Botticelli
Dustin Hoffman Roscuro
Richard Jenkins Principal
Kevin Kline Andre
Frank Langella Mayor
Christopher Lloyd Hovis
William H. Macy Lester
Charles Shaughnessy Pietro
Stanley Tucci Boldo
Tracey Ullman Miggery Sow
Emma Watson Princess Pea
Sigourney Weaver Narrator

Technical Credits
Sam Fell Director
Rob Stevenhagen Director
Glen Ballard Songwriter
Robin Bissell Executive Producer
Brad Blackbourn Cinematographer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
David Lipman Executive Producer
Will McRobb Original Story
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Ross Producer,Screenwriter
William Ross Score Composer
William Sargent Executive Producer
Tracy Shaw Co-producer
Mark Solomon Editor
Dave Stewart Songwriter
Allison Thomas Producer
Chris Viscardi Original Story
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tale of Despereaux
1. Main Titles [2:16]
2. Soup Day [3:06]
3. A Royal Creation [4:09]
4. The Taste Test [4:45]
5. Terrible Sadness [2:29]
6. Mouseworld [5:58]
7. Ratworld [3:06]
8. Learning to Be Afraid [7:10]
9. Meeting the Princess [7:47]
10. Banished [2:10]
11. Into the Dungeon [5:36]
12. Playing Cat & Mouse [5:42]
13. A Noble Quest [6:35]
14. Broken-Hearted [4:25]
15. Taken Prisoner [4:04]
16. Soup's On [5:25]
17. Chivalry, Bravery, Honor [3:49]
18. Out of the Bag [2:12]
19. Forgiven [3:22]
20. End Titles [2:37]

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