The Tale of Despereaux

2008 G PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD

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The Tale of Despereaux

2008 G PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD
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An unusually gifted mouse named Despereaux is different from other mice in that he reads books and has disproportionately large ears for his body. But with help from a rat named Roscuro, he sets out to win the girl of his dreams -- a human princess.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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Reviews

age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although it's animated, this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's popular Newbery-winning fantasy about a brave mouse tackles mature themes like longing, grief, loyalty, and hurt. There's nothing worrisome in the story aside from a relatively minor character's sudden heart attack and a few scenes of implied violence (there isn't any blood or guns, though Despereaux has a fascination with swords). But because the story's pacing is slower than most animated films and the themes could be difficult for preschool children to grasp, it may be hard for the family's littlest members to understand what some of the characters are feeling.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

A relatively minor character dies of a sudden heart attack; a group of rats threatens to kill a mouse; a rat is killed by a cat (off-camera); a couple of characters are tied up and imprisoned; a mob of rats is bloodthirsty; Despereaux duels with rats and outruns human guards.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Characters' fates are all intertwined, so when each of them makes a wise, unselfish decision, everyone lives happily ever after.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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