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Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman share The Tale of Despereaux

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Despereaux art

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 art of The Tale of Despereaux

In this still (below) Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) prepares to confront the older, but not wiser Roscuro (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) in the December 19 film release of the popular children's book.

Broderick and Hoffman in The Tale of Despereaux

Serving girl Miggery Sow (Tracey Ullman) brings the crown to Princess Pea (Watson) . Jealousy plays a role in the relationship of these two characters. Note the almost Renaissance type art to the animation. Tales of Despereaux is an animation marvel.

Tracey Ullman and Emma Watson in Tales of Despereaux

The artwork of Tales of Despereaux is captured perfectly in the still below of The Queen and King of Dor dining on the kingdom's specialty – soup – while Princess Pea prepares to enjoy her royal taste. Impeccable detail to background set design is rarely this perfect in an animated feature.

The perfect animated movie still

Matthew Broderick's Despereaux (center below) is not scared in the slightest in classes in Mouseworld design to educate their young in the art of mouse fear.

Now entering Mouseworld

Despereaux (Broderick) runs away in a Gladiator type scene that is thrilling!

Despereaux in one of many challenges

All photos copyright 2008 Universal Studios

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