Universal’s “The Tale of Despereaux” marks the first big step by Framestore CFC into producing its own CGI animated movies. Framestore set up a feature animation arm 2½ years ago in partnership with L.A.-based exec David Lipman, who previously served eight years at DreamWorks Animation. It’s an ambitious effort to become a production house in its own right rather than just a deluxe service company. It’s been a challenging process, with two changes of directors — from Sylvain Chomet to Mike Johnson to the final duo of Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen — capped in September by a public complaint from Chomet about his credit. Framestore will be hoping that all of this will prove irrelevant when the movie opens wide Dec. 19 in the U.S.