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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


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?


The plot has some resemblance to "The Reluctant Dragon," a short story from 1897 written by Kenneth Grahame. See more »


When the Shorties tag "Sharkslayer" on the wall, the painting of Oscar wearing armor and carrying a sword disappears after it is first seen. 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

During the closing credits, there is a final scene in which Lola finds a surprise waiting for her in Oscar's penthouse suite. See more »


Referenced in Flushed Away (2006) See more »


Can't Wait
Written by Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas, Antonio Dixon, Eric Dawkins and Steven L. Russell (as Steve Russell)
Performed by Avant
Courtesy of Magic Johnson / Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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14 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I can't explain why I didn't like Shark Tale too much. Visually there is a creative backdrop which is absolutely beautiful. I wonder if they just took pictures of New York, doused it underwater and worked around the scenery. Because with the exception of that imagery, Shark Tale has a very loud, very brash, in-your-face mentality that takes away from the movie. Other features like The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo invite you to the paradise of being under the sea. Shark Tale throws you in the middle of the loudest club and tells you to get down on it. I don't buy it and with the exception of some visual gags, nobody else could neither. This is also another movie where Will Smith can get back into his Fresh Prince gear and get away with it and Jack Black could play a gender confused shark and be accepted for it as well. I wanted to enjoy the scenery and the sight of an underground New York. Shark Tale offered it but instead beat us silly with all the hoopla we see everyday on the television set. What a disappointment. Enjoy the humor and expect nothing more.

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