Movie Trailer: Tale of Despereaux

I Watch Stuff has the trailer for the movie adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery-award winning book, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread.

I was surprised how cutesy this preview looked. The book is quite dark, even violent at times. DiCamillo is an advocate of not writing down to kids; she trusts her readers with stories that include life’s difficulties and injustices, as well as hope and redemption. I hope that this adaptation is more true to the book than the preview indicates.

Correction added later: The animation for the Despereaux movie is not done by the same team who did the bizarrely beautiful Triplets of Belleville. (Thanks to Camille of Book Moot for giving me the heads up that this had changed.) The directors previously worked on Flushed Away, Seabiscuit and Pleasantville. Check out the cast of voice talent, though. It’s impressive.

2 Responses to “Movie Trailer: Tale of Despereaux”

  1. Camille Says:

    I think someone at the Candlewick booth told me that the “Triplets” guy did NOT end up dong the projects. I agree that it looks like they have “happied” it up.

  2. Sydney Says:

    The scene where the father boxes her ears, causing deformity… how can THAT be toned down? Yikes.