The Tale of Despereaux stars Matthew Broderick as the title mouse, and the great cast continues with Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Stanley Tucci, Emma Watson, Kevin Kline and William H. Macy.
The other stars of The Tale of Despereaux are are perfect combination of creativity. Author Kate DiCamillo, whose 2003 book established itself as an instant children's classic, and the animators who have crafted a piece of film that is equal parts compelling story and Renaissance painting, both deserve acclaim.
Matthew Broderick, as he is playing Despereaux -- a mouse -- we figured it was fair game to ask about his favorite cheese.
Broderick's babyWife Sarah Jessica Parker and Broderick's son, James, was eager for his dad to tackle Despereaux, but worried that his father was heading into too feminine waters. The entire 'Once Upon a Time' thing traditionally has that feel!
"Usually the story will have princesses and knights. I love those stories when I was little," Broderick says. "Emma (Watson) is the princess in The Tale of Despereaux. My son, being a boy, is always scared there's going to be too many princesses in things like this. He says, 'is it very princess-y?' No – it's not too princess-y! I took him, and he adored it."
Broderick marveled as his son gazed at his father's most recent big screen work. "He just followed along and asked a lot of questions," Broderick says. "He was worried about Despereaux. But, by the time it ended, he was satisfied that everyone was alright."
Dustin Hoffman's a rat!Hoffman's character shares species with Despereaux, but his Roscuro is no where near cute. "He's a rodent. Like any rodent, he has conflicted feelings about God making him that as opposed to a Labrador Retriever," Hoffman says and laughs.
Broderick's Despereaux is the moral compass of the film and although Roscuro may flirt with the dark side, the noble mouse lures him back to the light. "I'm kind of the black sheep of the group," Hoffman says of Roscuro. "Despereaux teaches me lessons -- like being noble and honest and to not tell lies."
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