(Rated G) This refreshing animated film unfolds in the style of fairy tales and is packed with lessons about forgiveness
, grief, grace
and character. Strong messages about living with integrity
, honor and truth are cleverly told with a mixture of high adventure, light-hearted fun and serious, real-life drama. The Tale of Despereaux
movie seems to have just as much appeal and influence for young viewers as Kate DiCamillo's children's book by the same title. But the story also speaks to adults, who sometimes need to be reminded to take courage
in the face of fear, that hope can set a prisoner free and forgiveness changes everything.