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After a terrible accident, the magic in the air, the laughter, and gallons of mouth-watering soup disappeared. All hope was lost until Despereaux Tilling was born. He refused to live a life of weakness and fear, believing he was destined to be celebrated in the tales of chivalry he so adores.
Animated Adventure - This is an animated adventure aimed at young children and their
families. Kids familiar with the book may enjoy more than ones not.
The film skews a bit younger and doesn't have any of the contemporary
or irreverent humor than most contemporary animated films.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average As animated films go, The Tale of Despereaux represents adequate family entertainment.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'The Tale of Despereaux' is one of the most beautifully drawn animated films I've seen, rendered in enchanting detail and painterly colors by an art department headed by Oliver Adam.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average While the story does not quite come to magical life, the themes of courage, hope and decency are sweetly inspiring.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 70 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:As expected, CHILDREN LOVED "THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX." Highly Recommended for the Entire Family!
TEENS:Four of the five teens loved it and one rated it "Good/ Average." Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Three-quarters loved this movie. One quarter rated it "Good/Average." Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:Half of the females loved it and the other half enjoyed it very much. The male reviews are considerably lower but still quite good considering the type of movie this is. Approximately half of the males enjoyed it very much. Another quarter rated it "Good/Average," which is a bit low but not really considering this is a kids movie. I Highly Recommend "The Tale of Despereaux" as a great family movie!
Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, raucous laughter aplenty and gallons of mouth-watering soup. But a terrible accident left the king broken-hearted, the princess filled with longing and the townsfolk despondent. All hope was lost in a land where sunlight disappeared and the world became dreary gray. Until Despereaux Tilling was born...
A brave and virtuous mouse, Despereaux is simply too big for his small world. Though tiny, wheezy and saddled with comically oversized ears, Despereaux refuses to live a life of weakness and fear...believing he was destined to be celebrated in the tales of chivalry he so adores.
When he's banished from his home for not following the rules that society expects of a mouse, Despereaux befriends fellow outcast Roscuro, a good-hearted rat who can't bear to look in the mirror and hopes to live far from the grim underground of his kind. While Despereaux begins his noble quest to rescue Pea--a princess who can't see beyond her distorted view of the world--his pal Roscuro receives a painful rejection from her highness that sets him on a course of self-destruction.
Along their parallel adventures, the two encounter colorful characters from a serving girl who wishes to be a princess to the evil leader of the sewer rats, who plots revenge on humans from his fiefdom in the subterranean shadows he relishes but Roscuro can't abide.
From the highest turrets of the glittering castle to the dankest dark of Dor's sewers, friendships will be tested as Despereaux and Roscuro embark upon a journey that will change the way they look at their world--and themselves--forever. In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one tiny creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show that what you look like doesn't equal what you are.