Rated: G

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Sam Fell


Voices of Matthew Broderick as Despereaux Tilling; Dustin Hoffman as Roscuro; Kevin Kline as Andre; Tracey Ullman as Miggery 'Mig' Sow and Emma Watson as Princess Pea

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Tale of Despereaux

At a soup-tasting event in the Kingdom of Dor, a rat named Roscuro accidentally plunges into the queen's soup and scares her to death—literally. She falls face first into the bowl and never wakes up.

Dor's grief-stricken king hastily bans soup—and pronounces all rats illegal, relegating them to dark and sinister Ratworld. After the sun disappears and rainless clouds cover the land, Dor needs a hero. And that hero is a tiny, courageous mouse named Despereaux who must restore the rats to Dor and free the land from gloom.

Despereaux is courageous, honorable and chivalrous. He dares to befriend Roscuro. And he pursues justice and defends the weak. The movie points out the importance of forgiveness and the truth that physical appearance has does not limit greatness.

Some scenes containing sword fights, a fire-breathing dragon and near misses with a hungry cat, may worry younger children. Ratworld is a dark, scary place. And sometimes Despereaux has trouble obeying Mouseworld's laws. Overall, this fairy tale teaches about courage, hope and forgiveness while introducing viewers to an honorable hero.

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