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Tale Of Despereaux, The


USA 2008, 90 minutes
Dir. Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Rating: [G]
Genres: Family / Animation

Topics: Animal Antics.


Aroview: Adaptation of the exquisite 2003 book by Kate DiCamillo about a mouse with over-sized ears who dreams of becoming a knight, and his call to rescue an endangered princess.

Ye Olde Worlde is rendered in painterly CGI animation, but this is workmanlike, even clunky, in other departments as the subtle themes and simplicity of the original story are submerged in a wash of subplot padding and mandatory action.

Voices by Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, and others.

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