The Tale of Despereaux is Really Charming


Isabelle Aboaf writes, Kate Dicamillo’s book, The Tale of Despereaux, has appeared in theaters.

Kate Dicamillo’s book, The Tale of Despereaux, has appeared in theaters. Here is a review on this beautiful movie based on the book, and it’s tale. The Tale of Despereaux is a heartwarming tale of Despereaux Tilling, a daring, different mouse born in the Mouse kingdom. The Kingdom of Dor is the center of attention in the story, and soup is their most prized possession there. When a rat named Roscuro falls into the queen’s soup, the queen dies and therefore, soup is banished from the kingdom. The king has much nostalgia* for her, so whenever he smells, sees, or makes soup,he is heartbroken. Despereaux’s quest is to bring back the happiness and love of the kingdom using soup. What kind of amazed me first of all is the voices or the animated characters. Mig (a farm girl who longs to be a princess, serves the princess) was absolutely outstanding. So was Princess Pea, King, Queen, Despereaux, Furlough, the Dungeon Keeper, and Roscuro. Here are some major parts: Matthew Broderik: plays Despereaux Tilling. Has a very normal pitched voice, but particularly low, but still a good choice for the character given. Dustin Hoffman: plays Roscuro. He is similar to the voice of Despereaux, yet I think that Roscuro might have a lower pitch voice. Emma Watson: plays Princess Pea. Known for starring in ever Harry Potter movie, she is doing her first animated film. A light and “smooth” voice make Princess Pea come true. Tracey Ullman: plays Mig. Nothing to say except great job. Princess Pea had a slight English accent, which really helped. Emma Watson was certainly a good choice. Animation: The animation is pretty good, actually. It looks like they are made with clay, and the backround is very well done. The people have (!) big heads, and very, very slim bodies (except for Mig). It is similar to “Ratatouille”.Musical Score: No singing, or dancing… just a lot of music. Mostly string or plucking, it is piano, guitar, banjo, or (maybe?) ukelele. I don’t think they needed any singing. All of the music is mostly minor tunes. Action: keeps you in your seat!!! There’s a lot of sword-fighting, so maybe small children might get a little scared (like I did!) When cats fight in the arena for mice, that is a bit scary, and so is the sword-fighting. There is a narrator in this movie, it is a ladie’s voice, and a high voice, but comes up every once in while. Age group: this age group is bound to attract a lot of people, so it’s fine to take babies, toddlers, children, adults, and grandparents to see it with you. There is very little violence, just some fighting and such. Despereaux’s new movie is bound to appeal to anyone. Do you need to read the book?Yes, yes, yes. You NEED to read the book because some parts are WAY different then others. In my opinion, the book was better, but the movie was great anyway. I disliked the fact that the book was different than the movie. Final opinion: Yes, yes, yes. When I walked out of the theater, I was moved, blown away, astonished, and knew that there was NO MOVIE LIKE THIS ONE. I give it an A+ for good plot, great characters/animation, I would recommend it to anyone who wants light humor, fantasy, or drama. Length: 93 minutes Website: Despereaux’sWebsite(clickhere)PS. I don’t know if I wasn’t paying attention, but I couldn’t find the creators of the movie (disney, pixar, etc.) If someone watches it, and knows, please tell me!!! Thanks!


  1. I read the book before I …
    I read the book before I saw the movie and like the book a lot better because in the movie there were too many things changed.

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