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Shark Tale (2004)

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When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidently killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar (voice)
Don Lino (voice)
Angie (voice)
Lenny (voice)
Lola (voice)
Sykes (voice)
Ernie (voice)
Bernie (voice)
Frankie (voice)
Luca (voice)
Don Feinberg (voice)
Katie Current (voice)
David Soren ...
David P. Smith ...
Crazy Joe (voice)
Shortie #1 (voice)


The sea underworld is shaken up when the son of the shark mob boss is found dead and a young fish named Oscar is found at the scene. Being a bottom feeder, Oscar takes advantage of the situation and makes himself look like he killed the finned mobster. Oscar soon comes to realize that his claim may have serious consequences. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Behind every little fish is a great white lie. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sharkslayer  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,692,292 (Australia) (24 September 2004)


$4,151,626 (Japan) (8 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Oscar (Will Smith) "defeats" Lenny (Jack Black) in their staged fight, the crowd starts chanting, "Oscar, boma ye!" Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001). The climax of the film depicts the legendary Rumble in the Jungle match against George Foreman, including the crowd's famous chant of "Ali, boma ye". See more »


When Angie and Sykes are watching Oscar on TV "killing" Lenny, Angie's tail passes through the desk. See more »


[first lines]
[a shark slowly approaches a worm, who frantically struggles to get free of his line... ]
Lenny: Hi, I'm Lenny.
[the worm faints]
Lenny: Ooh! Little buddy, did I scare you?
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Crazy Credits

The movie starts when the kid in the DreamWorks logo casts his fishing line and the camera zooms in on its hook. See more »


Spoofs Today (1952) See more »


Gold Digger
Written by Alonzo Lee, Shamar Daugherty, Ludacris (as Christopher Bridges), Bobby Wilson and Arbie Wilson
Performed by Ludacris featuring Bobby V. and Lil Fate (as Lil' Fate)
Produced by The Trak Starz
Ludacris and Lil' Fate appear courtesy of Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South
Bobby V. appears courtesy of Disturbing Tha Peace Records
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11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just can't understand why "Shark Tale" is so underrated. I have watched this movie about 3 times and yet, I still can't get enough of it. The fact is that the characters were very entertaining, the animation was brilliant, and the story was great and was sending messages along with it, such as accept your destiny, be happy with who you are, accept others for who they are, and you don't have to live "on top of the reef" to be a "somebody." This movie also exposes us to the pop culture. What more does this movie need to to make it a good one? I mean this movie has it all: laughs and everything. Then why is it so underrated? I really don't know. I do know though, that "Shark Tale" is one of the best movie I have ever watched.

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