The Tale of Despereaux [Blu-ray]
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I wish the movie captured even a hint of the charm and delight of the book. But it does not. We bought it, in hopes that it would capture some of the essence of the story (in spite of hearing bad reviews). To our great disappointment, it failed in every respect. Other than the name, and a few shared names of characters, and the mention of soup, the movie bore no relation to the story in the book.
The creators of the movie, from some misguided notion that they had to rewrite the story to capture the movie audience, managed to strip it of every defining characteristic, and to create a story that was not only devoid of any of the charm or enjoyment that the book possessed, but completely, and utterly uninspired and pathetic. It was a waste of money to even make such a travesty. Many other movie reviewers have agreed that the movie was on the low end of the scale.Read more ›
My daughter wanted to see this film. Probably because the ads showed a cute mouse. We had never heard of this book so I can't judge the story.
The qualities of the stories are simple. Mistakes, redemption, pure of heart, honor, etc.
The movie opens with a ship heading to a city. On it is Roscuro the rat. Wearing cloths and an ear ring he looks forward for the famous Soup of the day of the kingdom of Dor. Wandering through the city he accidentally finds himself in the royal hall as the royal family are first to try the soup. Too entranced with the smell; Roscuro falls into the Queens soup and she is shocked to see a Rat, suffers a heart attack and dies. The guards chase him and he eventally falls into a drainage where he lands in Ratworld. There he is discovered by Botticelli who befriends him and decides to teach him the proper ways of being a Rat.
The grieving king then declares no more soup and rats are outlawed and any who harbor them will be punished.
Despereaux is born in mouseworld. He is not a typical mouse. Smaller then normal and he has over-sized ears. What's worst is that he doesn't cower, run, and he likes to take the cheese from mouse traps. His parents are called into school and told he is about to fail since he does not cower from knives and he draws pictures of cats. Even names one fluffy. The school master suggests that Despereaux follow his brother who graduated and was a proper mouse and could teach by example.
They head off to the library where Despereaux is supposed to eat books but instead he starts reading them and learns about knights, honor and questing to save the fair princess.Read more ›
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX is actually a couple of tales, starting with the story of a sea-faring rat named Roscuro who loves soup. Through a horrible twist of fate, Roscuro's presence results in the queen's death (death by soup, believe it or not) and the banning of soup and rats from the kingdom. I had to wonder why no one had thought to banish the rats before but eh. Roscuro ends up in the dungeon where only the rats hang out. The second story is about Despereaux the mouse. We decided that Despereaux must be Flemish for "Dumbo" since that's pretty much who this mouse looks like. He can even fly with his giant ears. Despereaux is literally fearless and as such is banished from mousedom for fear of the other meeses learning his bad traits. Guess where he's banished to. That's right, the rat dungeon. Another story is about a peasant girl who dreams of being a princess. Apparently, this was toned way down from the novel, in that the girl's owner only sneers at her and doesn't beat her in the movie. We see how she is sold to the king's cook along with a herd of pigs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for the movie that represents the novel, this is not it. Although cute and a "nice" movie, it is not a true representation of the novel. Read morePublished 4 days ago by backthepack
So disappointed that it departed so far from the original Newberry Award winning storyline. But the kids liked it.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great move! My students loved comparing the book to the movie as there are definitely differences in the storyline.Published 19 days ago by E. A. B.
Great movie to show my class after they read the book. The result after seeing the movie was 50/50.......half preferred the movie and half preferred the book!Published 1 month ago by SweetP2
Excellent movie for both children and adults. It shows us that social norms and things that society deems dangerous are in and of themselves dangerous.Published 1 month ago by Kia DeCou
I read the book to my 22 second graders and we watched the movie on the last day of school. They all applauded at the end.Published 1 month ago by J. Smith
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