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The Tale of Despereaux

Overall A

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).

Release date December 18, 2008

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is The Tale of Despereaux rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated The Tale of Despereaux Not Rated

Run Time: 94 minutes

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The Tale of Despereaux
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Tale of Despereaux rated Not Rated? The Tale of Despereaux is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

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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The Tale of Despereaux
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated Frightening Scenes.
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video G

News About "The Tale of Despereaux"

Cast and Crew

The Tale of Despereaux is directed by and stars Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Tale of Despereaux movie is April 7, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 7 April 2009

The Tale of Despereaux on DVD is presented in widescreen. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, SDH, French and Spanish. Bonus materials include:

- Featurettes: The Tale of The Tale of Despereaux: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making-Of and Top Ten Uses for Oversized Ears.

- Sneak Peek: Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!

- Games: Build-A-Boldo and Despereaux’s Quest

- Interactive Features: Interactive Map of the Kingdom of Dor

- DVD-ROM: Card Creator, Fairy Tale Fantasy, Coloring Pages, Wallpapers, Screensaver

The Tale of Despereaux on Blu-ray provides audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), and DTS 5.1 Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, SDH, French and Spanish. Bonus materials include:

- Featurettes: The Tale of The Tale of Despereaux: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making-Of and Top Ten Uses for Oversized Ears.

- Sneak Peek: Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!

- Games: Make Your Own Soup

- Deleted Songs and Scene Progressions

- Interactive Features: BD Live - Card Creator Sharing, BD Live - My Scenes Sharing, Card Creator. U Control: Picture in Picture - Animatic U, Control: Picture in Picture - Live Action

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