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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. »


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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Despereaux, Roscuro and Mig are challenged by the limitations of being, respectively, a mouse, a rat and an impoverished child. How does each of them accept or reject these constraints? What positive and negative choices do they make based on these facts? Do we sometimes limit our own opportunities based on real or imagined notions of inadequacy? Have you ever found yourself wondering if you could more easily succeed at your goals if you had been born into a different family, a different ethnic group or if you had a different childhood?

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