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Written by Hisham Qaddoumi   
Friday, 10 April 2009 01:22

The Tale of DespereauxA Personal View

The code of honor, the quest and the mouse who will make this true. This is a story that you will never forget. There is a lot of sadness about that movie, but a lot of wisdom as well. Watching this movie is like exploring inside your soul pictured as a mouse who is a gentleman inside. I believe this is a movie for the grownups to watch and as well as it for the kids.

The Story

Obviously the story is taken from the illustrated book itself. The mouse who has no fear like the other mice, the courage that made every mouse else worried, even his very own family. But this is not about any other mouse; it is about Despereaux, the mouse who found the gentleman inside through courage, honor and dignity.

The story really begins when Despereaux meets the princess while he is at the castle and supposed to eat the books at the library, as his brother informed, but instead he starts reading them. He learns about men of courage, sacrifice and princesses who worth sacrifice for. The princess who is sad for her dying mother by a heart attack when a rat fell into her soup is also sad for her father. The king who forbidden rats and soup, then fell in his deep sadness. Despereaux, as the code of honor says, wants to complete his quest by telling the princess the end of the story he is reading.

Things get complicated when he is banished to the land of rats, where he is supposed to die. The rat he met, who caused the queen’s death, wanted to apologize to her daughter. The princess gets scared and hit him with everything she could. Then he plans to revenge. He will get her kidnapped by rats and eaten in their filthy land. The rats who want the revenge for being banished from being outside by her father. Despereaux cannot let this happen but he is too small to fight all rats, though he must commit to the code of honor and rescue the princess’s life even if that caused to lose his very own.

The Complex

The complex is simple but very valid to any “Despereaux” in this world. Being different, not accepted though there is nothing wrong with you. Despereaux was tiny, even for a mouse, but in his head he was giant. Despereaux was simply different, that was he was simply “unaccepted”.
How many people were banished from their own home lands because they were different, because there were exactly the same as their governors wanted them to be? “The counsel knows better because they know better”, much like “because Hitler decided this, Hitler knows better”. The other major complex of the movie is hatred and revenge versus love and forgiveness.

The Ending

Such as the end of any fairy tale the story ends bright, but the type of ending is not what will surprise you because this is what will you expect. What will surprise is how much wisdom you get with the ending of this movie.

No fancy stuff but the light will shine through darkness; you should not watch this movie to see how it ends. You should watch it to see what you will get by the time it ends. This is how you should look at this movie when decide to watch it.

The Making

As in every 3D animated picture, the making is all about the image you imprint in peoples mind. This movie is a bit different as it reflects a disturbing image, especially the rat world, to kids. It is filthy, dark and full of hatred. Still such an image is important to reflect how ugly hatred and the wish for a blind revenge is. Sometimes you have to show this ugliness to your kids for them to realize.

The crew behind the microphones did great, Mathew Broderick, Amy Watson and of course Segourney Weavers, who was the story teller. They were chosen carefully, I suppose, and they really nailed it.

The thing you will also like about the making is how the dressing was made to fit the mice in the time era of the medieval ages. The way the clothes designed to fit mice and rats as they fit people living at that time. The lighting also was genius, not because of the accuracy but because it helped understanding the sequel of the story. All in all, it is a movie you have to watch as it was really made carefully.

Movie Info

Director: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Writers: Kate DiCamillo (book), Will McRobb (screen story)
Release Date: 19 December 2008 (USA)
Genre: Adventure | Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy more
Awards: 7 nominations
Runtime: 93 min | 90 min
Country: UK | USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
Company: Universal Pictures
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DVD Info

Actors: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline
Directors: Robert Stevenhagen, Sam Fell
Writers: Chris Viscardi, Gary Ross, Kate DiCamillo, Will McRobb
Producers: Allison Thomas, Casey Crowe
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: G (General Audience)
Studio: Universal
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
Run Time: 93 minutes
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