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Shark Tale (2004)

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Original Title : Shark Tale
Director : Bibo Bergeron
Vicky Jenson
Rob Letterman
Writer : Michael J. Wilson
Rob Letterman
Genre : Animation
Comedy/Family
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bill Damaschke , Janet Healy , Jeffrey Katzenberg , Allison Lyon Segan , Mark Swift (I)
Music : Ryeland Allison
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott
India.Arie
Michael A. Levine (I)
Trevor Morris (I)
Geoff Zanelli
Hans Zimmer
Distributor : Asmik Ace Entertainment [jp]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG
IMDB ID : 0307453
Official site : http://www.sharktale.com/
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poster for "Shark Tale" by Bibo Bergeron | Vicky Jenson | Rob Letterman (2004)
Shark Tale (2004) - Bibo Bergeron | Vicky Jenson | Rob Letterman
 

Starring

Will Smith I
Robert De Niro Don Lino (voice
Renée Zellweger Angie (voice
Jack Black I
Angelina Jolie Lola (voice
Martin Scorsese Sykes (voice
Ziggy Marley Ernie (voice
Doug E. Doug Bernie (voice
Michael Imperioli Frankie (voice
Vincent Pastore Luca (voice
Peter Falk I
Katie Couric Katie Current (voice
David Soren Shrimp/Worm/Starfish
David P. Smith Crazy Joe (voice
Bobb'e J. Thompson Shortie
Kamali Minter Shortie
Emily Lyon Segan Shortie
Lenny Venito Giuseppe/Great White
Saverio Guerra Pontrelli (voice
Shelley Morrison I
Mark Swift I
James Madio Great White
Frank Vincent I
Joseph Siravo Great White
Steve Alterman Messenger Fish/Tip Fish
Phil LaMarr Prawn Shop Owner (voice
Jenifer Lewis Motown Turtle (voice
Sean Bishop III
James Ryan VII
Latifa Ouaou Whale Wash Co-Worker (voice
David Yanover II
Holly Dorff Adr voice
Fiona Phillips Katie Current (UK version of film
Christina Aguilera Christina (voice
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott Missy (voice
 

Plot

This mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the story of what happens when the son of the shark boss(De Niro) of a fish crime family is killed by a dropped anchor, and a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Smith) is found at the scene of the crime. Hoping to win favor with the enemies of the ganglord, the fast-talking hustler poses as the killer known as the "sharkslayer", but soon learns it's a dangerous game in a world where the big fish generally eat the little fish...
 

Comments

I have to admit going into this review that I didn't at all have the slightest hopes of liking "Shark Tale." From the previews last fall, it reminded me a little too much of Pixar's "Finding Nemo." Not so, as I would later find out. "Shark Tale" draws much of its inspirations, as noted by critic Roger Ebert, from "Casablanca," "Jaws," and "The Godfather" - all movies that are considered to be modern American classics. "Shark Tale" plays out like an amalgam of all three classic films, and has a plot that shares uncanny parallels to the current events debate about morality and homosexuality in America. The film is set in and around a coral reef that is controlled by a "Godfather"-like mob family of great white sharks. Don Lino (Robert De Niro) is as ruthless as they come, and his two sons Frankie (Michael Imperioli) and Lenny (Jack Black) both have their eyes set on controlling the family and the reef when Lino retires. The sharks, who run their business out of a spruced-up version of the sunken Titanic, have a reputation for routinely shaking down clients and otherwise being pretty hard on the reef, but Lenny doesn't have that killer instinct in him - he's a vegetarian - and at dinner one night, he sets a shrimp free. This comes as a shock for Don Lino, as Lenny's behavior suddenly becomes a huge embarrassment for him. On the reef, a hustling fish named Oscar (Will Smith) is aspiring to rise out of his lowly existence working at a whale wash. He's thought up a number of schemes in the past that have all failed and his closest friend is his boss's secretary Angie (Renee Zellweger), who also has a crush on him. Things become complicated for all the characters when Frankie is accidentally killed by a fisherman's anchor being dropped on his head while he was trying to convince Lenny to be a killer shark by feasting on Oscar, who's indebted to Don Lino for a failed horse-betting scheme. Oscar, who bore witness to the whole incident, seizes the opportunity and using his boss Sykes (Martin Scorsese) as a shameless fight promoter, becomes a hero around the reef as a shark slayer, and Lenny is forced to go into hiding as a result. "Shark Tale" is entertaining to say the least, with enough in-jokes and gags to certainly reel in unsuspecting viewers. Even though this is a children's film, there is a lot of thematic material that is just too serious to not go at all unnoticed. The animation is beautiful (though not as good as anything done by Pixar in the last 10 years) and it really gives the deep blue that admirable quality. The voice-acting is pretty impressive too, with all of the actors doing their best, including Angelina Jolie as the gold-digging Lola.
 
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