The film opens with a ship sailing into the kingdom of Dor, known for its ‘Royal Soup Day.’ Roscuro (a rat) (Dustin Hoffman), is aboard with a human companion, Pietro.

Roscuro is mesmerized by the smell of the soup being prepared in the castle, his search for the source of which ends with his falling into the queen’s soup bowl, causing her to have a heart attack, which leads her to death.

The king in his grief orders soup to be forbidden and rats banished, and the town falls into eternal darkness and famine. Ruscore, meanwhile, meets Botticelli (Ciaran Hinds), the brutal leader of the rat world.

A few years later, an adventurous mouse, Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) is born, and becomes friends with the lonely Princess Pea (Emma Watson). Upon finding out that Despereaux has broken the law by speaking with a human, the Mouse Council banishes him to the dungeons, from where he is saved by Roscuro. Despereaux tells Roscuro of the princess’s gloom, which touches the rat.

Roscuro approaches the princess to apologize but, she is terrified of him and he is chased out. Hurt, he decides to kidnap the princess. He enlists the help of a servant girl, Miggery Sow (Tracey Ullman), whom he later double crosses, and locks in a cell.

Meanwhile, Despereaux realizes that the princess is in danger. Back in the rat colony, Roscuro sees the apologetic sincerity in Pea’s eyes and regrets his actions, but is unable to stop the rats, to whom he has given her, from clambering over her. Here Despereaux comes to the rescue, letting loose a cat. Roscuro causes Botticelli to run into the cat’s cage for a fatal end. The battle over, he finally apologizes, and is forgiven.

In the end, Mig is rescued by the jailer, who is revealed to be her father, and Roscuro is reunited with Pietro. The princess and the king decide to soothe their grief by relying on each other for support. Despereaux, reunited with his family, remains close friends with the princess.

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