Shark Tale

Shark Tale

Rob Letterman (2004)

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Our Score
Thanks to the enormous success of Pixar movies such as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc, a computer-animated feature needs to be extra special to really make a mark. It's not good enough to be merely average, which is why this family comedy from DreamWorks - the company behind the Shrek phenomenon - disappoints a little. A thinly disguised morality lesson, it tells the tale of a celebrity-obsessed fish (voiced by Will Smith) who masquerades as a shark-killing hero with the aid of a vegetarian great white (Jack Black). Overall, the film is entirely serviceable, kept buoyant by its irreverent humour and some adult-friendly movie skits. However, unlike its closest companion, Finding Nemo, it gives the underwater world a humanised slant, ignoring its natural magic. Instead, the sea life looks rather charmless, but there is a certain "wow" factor in the cleverness of the "car wash" scenes. Luckily, the voice casting shows more imagination, with Robert De Niro's Mafioso shark and Martin Scorsese's crooked puffer fish both delightfully memorable.


Ambitious fish Oscar dreams of escaping his humdrum undersea life. His wish comes true when a gangster shark keen to escape a world of organised crime seeks his help in faking his own death. But Oscar soon finds himself out of his depth as his fearsome reputation gets out of control. Animated comedy, with the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black.

Cast & Crew

Oscar Will Smith
Don Lino Robert De Niro
Sykes Martin Scorsese
Angie Renee Zellweger
Lola Angelina Jolie
Lenny Jack Black
Ernie Ziggy Marley
Frankie Michael Imperioli
Director Rob Letterman
Director Vicky Jenson
Director Bibo Bergeron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Oct 2004
Comedy Drama Children's