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Shark Tale (2004)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 October 2004 (USA)
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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


The story of what happens when one little fish tells 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?


Some of the actors - notably Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, Will Smith and Jack Black, and Smith and Renée Zellweger - recorded their lines together. 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

Crazy Joe the hermit crab scuttles back and forth and interacts with the credits as they roll. They end with Mrs. Sanchez leaning out her window and telling everyone to go home because it's past their bedtime. See more »


References The Love Boat (1977) See more »


Mack the Knife
Written by Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Marc Blitzstein
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Adults will like this movie better than kids.
12 February 2005 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It could be just me but I thought that the humor in this movie was perfect. I laughed lot's of times throughout the movie and was very entertained by it. I however think that this movie will not be loved by young children, they simply will not be able to understand most of the jokes and the movie also lacks some 'likeable Disney type of characters' for them.

I never was really interested to go and watch this movie since it got lot's of bad reviews and I thought that the trailer looked horrible and very unfunny. I however decided to pick up this movie nevertheless because I was interested in how the famous voice cast would pull off, Martin Scorsese in particular. I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movie. the humor was spot on and I was entertained the whole time. I know lot's of people probably are going to hate me for this but I thought this movie was even better and more entertaining than any of the two Shrek movies.

The movie doesn't have a whole lot of story and is pretty average in every way. I however feel that this is one of this movies were the story really is secondary. The movie has your average love story, in which Angelina Jolie's character is really unnecessary and adds absolutely nothing, in my opinion but watching Robert De Niro's character scream and shout and giving orders to Martin Scorsese's character on the other hand was absolutely priceless.

Will Smith was a great main character and just as entertaining as Eddie Murphy in an animated movie.

I predict that the music in this movie will be absolutely hated in 20 years by now, just as much as I hate '80's music in movies now. No, I really didn't liked the songs in this movie mainly because in unlike the Shrek movies, they aren't any evergreens.

If you plan to buy this movie for your kids, think twice, you're probably better of watching "Finding Nemo" with them. If you're a adult or young adult that likes animated movies, this movie might be worth your time and money, although the humor in this movie is really a matter of taste.



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