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Still shot from the movie: The Tale of Despereaux.

The Tale of Despereaux

Despereaux (voice of Matthew Broderick) may have been born a mouse, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to explore, read and make friends with a human princess (voice of Emma Watson). However, his unconventional behavior gets him banished to a dungeon where he meets Roscuro the Rat (voice of Dustin Hoffman). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 18 Dec 2008
Video Release: 07 Apr 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Why Is The Tale of Despereaux Rated Not Rated?


This animated children’s film offers a relatively insightful and complex plot, but may frighten young viewers with scary moments and “jump” scenes. The hero and other characters are often in peril. Humans chase after rodents with various weapons. In “Ratworld” it is very dark and rats are seen eating decomposed food. Rats intimidate and bully a mouse. A mouse is brought into a large arena where a cat is released and repeatedly attempts to attack him. A human is later brought into the same arena and is about to be attacked/eaten by the rats. A bottle of what appears to be wine falls into a pot of soup and improves its taste.

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