The Tale of Despereaux seems to be trying to capitalize on the world's love for Ratatouille, what with its rat and food themes and old-fashioned animation. So why is it that I can only think it looks more like An American Tale, that annoying movie about the floppy-eared mouse, Fievel? And there's my answer: It's the floppy ears that Despereaux's sporting that are taking me back to Fievel Mousekewitz.
But by the end of the trailer, I'm also getting whiffs of The Lion King thanks to Matthew Broderick moving on from Simba to voice Despereaux (and really, I must point out that going from a lion to a rat is not exactly a great career move). I'm starting to think actors will sign on for any animated feature they're asked to do. And it's not just Matthew: Sigourney Weaver, Stanley Tucci, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline and several other A- or B-listers provide voices here. It must be an excellent movie, then, right? Oh, wait. Maybe it's the easy work (a role you can literally phone in) for relatively decent money.