A little mouse who fears nothing embarks on a quest with a misfit rat and a servant girl to restore happiness to a kingdom
Directed by – Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Written by – Kate DiCamillo, Will McRobb, Gary Ross, Chris Viscardi
Starring – Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracy Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Ciaran Hinds, Robbie Coltrane, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Frank Langella, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Shaughnessy, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Cullen, Sam Fell, Jane Karen
This had a different tone then I was expecting and it didn’t hold my kids attention for more than 5 minutes. I began to warm up to the movie and about halfway through started to enjoy it. The story carried some bigger ideas than your simple ‘be nice to your neighbour’ kind of moral that most animated kids films have and it appealed to me.
The animation is nicely done and the voicework fits just right. While it does have it’s strong points I’ve gotta point out that it’s no Pixar flick. Those are always some of my favorites and they seem to strike the right balance between what the kids will enjoy and what the parents can enjoy. The Tale of Desperaux just did not appeal to my kids. I’ve never seen them take off to play with Lego faster. There’s alot about honesty, courage and being true to your word in this one and I had wished my kids would sit through it so they might learn some great lessons.
It’s a great feel good animated flick but was a little short on the laughs which might be why I had more fun watching than the kids did. It really did seem like it was made more for adults and it paid off well. While it’s not a great film, it would be good watching on a boring rainy day. I think I’ll be going back to my horror favorites today though!
Under the marquee – Will