The Tale of Despereaux
Year:
2008
Country:
USA, UK
Genre:
Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Family, Animation
IMDB rating:
6.1
Director:
Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Matthew Broderick as Despereaux
Dustin Hoffman as Roscuro
Emma Watson as Princess Pea
Tracey Ullman as Miggery Sow
Kevin Kline as Andre
William H. Macy as Lester
Stanley Tucci as Boldo
Ciarán Hinds as Botticelli
Robbie Coltrane as Gregory
Tony Hale as Furlough
Frances Conroy as Antoinette
Richard Jenkins as Principal
Storyline: The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess.
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Reviews
8/10, 10 only because 6 is too low. Splendid but with a few flaws that must be taken into account.
"Small hero. Big heart." A perfect description of what this movie is. The kid's flicks on offer this summer have been dreadfully unexciting and this cut above the rest provides some desperately needed relief – though unfortunately it didn't receive nearly as much publicity as it deserved, what with the blockhead Bolt hogging the spotlight. And of course it possesses and incredible amount of heart for an animated film made in this day and age. Even more wonderfully, it has acquired this vast amount of depth not by making a mountain out of a molehill – that shortcut never works, as some directors learn the hard way – but by digging deep down to find a genuinely moving story.

The opening credits will surely get a surprise, it's truly astonishing how many big names directors Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen have managed to get for the voice cast. The dedication of these extraordinary actors – that include Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson and Tracey Ullman – add another dimension to the beguiling display of characters. (The modesty they have shown is also incredible, some films only have one huge star and yet they act as if all of Hollywood has been deserted because all the stars have rushed over to be in this film.) Sigourney Weaver gives intelligent and purposeful narration to a story by Kate DiCamillo, Will McRobb, Gary Ross and Chris Viscardi that mainly revolves around a brave and honourable mouse (splendidly voiced by Matthew Broderick,) born into a world where fear, fury and depression have taken away the light and the merriment. Undoubtedly, Despereaux has the potential to save everyone – human, mouse and rat – from this terrible era. But as you would expect, not very many would accept a rebellious little big-eared mouse as a hero...

This truly is a deliciously dark and evocative film that could have achieved so much more if only it wasn't flawed by its irritatingly distracting similarities to hit flicks like 'Happy Feet' (2006) and 'Ratatouille' (2007,) still it does eventually manage to find its own footing. And it makes up for what it lacks in originality with some strikingly meticulous animation and the refreshing absence of the exasperating overload of jokes far too common in modern animated movies.
2009-03-13
Tale of Desperate
I haven't read the book yet, so I can't make a comparison between movie and book. The movie itself was OK at best; good points first - it was beautifully animated, the characters lavishly designed, great visuals, the voice talent was pretty much as good as it can get. Now, the bad points - it made no sense, the story/plot was all over the place, it wasn't engaging and it was all a bit mediocre. It brought nothing new to the table. There were too many characters to keep track of and yet none of the characters are really that likable. I felt that there was no charm at all, as if the film-makers were trying too hard, and in doing so they've lost any magic that the story and characters may have had. All in all, it just felt really contrived and desperate. Oh, and why the heck do they have to make the mice and rats look so much like real mice and rats??? At least the rats in Ratatouille looked cartoon-y and were cute, the mice and rats in T.O.D were just plain creepy looking.
2012-11-08
I liked it
Although this was not what some would consider a masterpiece of cinema, I though it was great; one of the best kids movies I have seen in a very long time. It was a good tale which taught good principles. There were no adult jokes, fart humor, or any of that nonsense. It did what fairy-tales once did: give hope and inspiration to the less-fortunate while stressing good values. This is what children need more of, not mindless humor meant to please the adults in the crowd. Yeah, the animation wasn't exceptional; but it did have a surreal classic art feel at times. I loved it and will recommend it to my customers. Working at a video store has it's perks. I hope many who would have otherwise turned away will give it a chance.
2009-04-07
Botched near classic
This started out really strong. Interesting story, characters, visuals...but then something happened. It couldn't decide who the story was about. Despereaux? Dustin Hoffman's rat character? The fat girl? And the more the separate stories diverged, the less sense any of it made until the whole thing literally fell apart. The subplots never came back together to influence or enhance the main story. The climactic third act was a total mess that kept interrupting itself with off-putting jump cuts until it so sabotaged itself you didn't really care what happened to any of them. This was where someone needed Disney's storytelling 101 class. Sure, they were trying to tell the story in a clever way, but sometimes, straightforward is best. As for the voice work, everyone was good, except, surprisingly, the Brits. Emma Watson brought nothing to the princess except a kind of bland haughtiness and the usually brilliant Tracey Ullman was completely wasted in a voice performance that you might expect from, well, Emma Watson. As much as I admired her sober narration, I don't need Sigourney Weaver to tell me what to think and how to feel. Actually, I think SAG should ban all big time actors from voice over work. Throw a bone to a bunch of talented unknowns. Those fat cats don't need the money. 6 stars for the beautiful animation! Definite "Sleeping Beauty" (Disney again!) influence. The dragon fight with the "Hero" is right out of that film.
2009-01-02
It's a light-hearted story, what do you expect?!
I just watched the movie with 2 friends and the 3 of us enjoyed the movie thoroughly. I thought I would be able to find common appreciating voices here on IMDb, but apparently many people hated the show instead. I am not sure what kind of expectations they carried with them as they watched the show; as far as I'm concerned, I went into the movie expecting a 90 mins break away from work, something light-hearted so that I could laugh my stress away. For goodness sake, this is a fairy-tale, what else do you expect?! I noticed the script-writer's attempt at bringing familiar images into the story; the part where the cat appeared to terrorize - that seemed like the gladiator scene. All in all, the movie had brought much entertainment to an otherwise boring evening. And I just felt the movie deserved some reckoning with.

You just gotta watch it yourself and ask if it made ur expectation.
2009-03-28
An Underrated Classic
I just saw this movie again, and stand by my original assessment of it. It's an underrated classic, with far more depth than most family movies. On the one hand it's more simplistic than, say, a Pixar film. It's more of a fairy tale like The Little Prince. And while I don't care for the character designs too much (though they do have an artistic charm to them), from a writing standpoint I would put Despereaux on par with the best Pixar films, maybe more so.

Most of the main characters are seriously damaged, yet believably human (even the rodents). The way some characters fall from grace is more believable than anything Lucas came up with in Star Wars III.

If it has a failing it's with some of the secondary characters, such as the Soup Maker's assistant (made up of vegetables) which just didn't really seem necessary.

But the themes of anger, regret, sadness, depression, and the power of forgiveness makes this a movie I feel more children should be exposed to. It's a very much a children's movie, but deals very much with adult themes.
2010-04-26
Very Intense and Spectacular
This was the first movie I ever took my son to. He is two and a half. He sat there mesmerized the entire time. I loved this film. It was a fun adventure and beautiful fantasy. Totally worth my hard earned money!! My son laughed and was engaged. I liked how the film showed it's OK to be different, it's even brave. The film had some scary elements, but nothing too bad. My son was more afraid of some of the previews attached. For the people who say they didn't get this movie, what don't you understand? It's an old fashion tale, without so much violence that prides its self on bravery and being a gentlemen! The multi-character driven story line, was not confusing and easy to follow, it is a must see!
2008-12-29
Stop messing up the kids!
I got so bored and so confused... and I am an adult... with some brain. I am thinking of the poor kids that, I bet, they felt lost in the "tale".

I know what they did: They made some nice cute characters that would make kids fall in love with them fast and easy and the story... didn't matter any more. I see it more and more that the movies in this times have such a messy script, is unbelievable.

I am disappointed because the trailer, like all the other ones, is amazing making you so curious about the story that you are "craving" the movie... and when you see it... you just go: "this is it?"

Anyway, that's my opinion and honestly I didn't even watch the ending... and I love animations!

Conclusion: a stupid cheap copy of "Flushed away", "Ratatouille" and another bits and pieces from diverse movies. Get it together producers! How? Start with good writers!

3 is a really good mark in my chart for this movie.
2009-02-10
Leave the little kids at home
Let's start with a big caveat: Yes, I know "The Tale of Despereaux" is animated. And, yes, I know it features a delightful little mouse. But this is not a movie for little kids! This movie deals with concepts that are beyond the understanding of most kids under the age of, say, 10, and in a way that can be, at best, disturbing. (I can just see Boldo, the Vegetable Man, causing all sorts of nightmares despite his benevolent and even heroic presence!) If you want a movie to keep the littlest kids entertained, go for something a little more Disneyfied. But if your kids are ready to be challenged in their thinking, consider "Despereaux".

As for the movie itself, it is, as has been amply pointed out already, extremely well done. The animation is superb, and the characterizations deeply engaging. If they're a little clichéd -- who didn't immediately recognize in Botticelli the stereotypical villain? -- that doesn't detract from the overall excellence of the story.

Some questions have been raised about the motivations -- and changes thereof -- of a couple of the characters. I didn't find the vacillation of Roscuro between good and evil at all sudden or jarring. Yes, it had to be condensed a bit to fit the time constraints, but the reasoning behind the shifts was clear -- Roscuro was unjustly persecuted for what was simply an accident and tarred by the general prejudice against rats; the fact that he held out as long as he did before giving in to his bitterness was not only impressive, but formed the basis for understanding why he was willing to stand up at the end and follow Despereaux's example of nobility. And while Miggery Sow did not actively apologize to the princess for taking her down to the dungeon (I don't think she was even aware of the sinister intentions of the rats, so to accuse her of trying to get the Princess eaten is, I feel, going too far), the point of the story was not so much the power of an apology as it was the power of forgiveness. Although we weren't shown the scene -- which probably would have helped clarify the story but added to the length -- it's clear the Princess extended her forgiveness to her maid as well.

All in all, I found the movie to be a wonderful investment of time and money, and a very good source of lessons in forgiveness, acceptance, nobility, and tolerance.

Just leave the preschoolers at home!
2009-01-01
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