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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

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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?


Some of the 'fishified' products are "Coral Cola", "Gup", "Fish King", "Old Wavy" and "Newsreef". 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 Love is All (2007) See more »


Ooh Child
Written by Stan Vincent
Performed by The Five Stairsteps
Courtesy of Buddah Records
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Nice to look at, but I have seen superior animated films...
10 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did like Shark Tale, but there is a lot wrong with it. I did think the animation was very nicely done, and I liked the references to Jaws and Godfather. But I do think that Finding Nemo was much better than this. Shark Tale could have been a great film, had it not been devoid of humour and heart. My first problem with the film was Will Smith. He tries to be funny, but as the film progresses, he gets tiresome, and at times you feel like you want to reach into the screen and put a hand over his mouth. There were times when the script was funny, and there were some nice ideas, but the pace of the whole film was uneven. The characters could have been developed a lot more, particularly Lenny(a nice surprise from Jack Black), and whereas there were a number of nice visual jokes, there is some very over-familiar material in the script. Kids may find the sharks a bit frightening, and adults won't find much to enjoy, with the exception of the talented voice cast, such as Angelina Jolie, whose Lola(a very beautiful fish) was one of the better characters, Rennee Zellwegger, who deserved better than she was given and Robert DeNiro, whose shark was just a caricature of the Godfather. Though it is Martin Scorsesse who gives the most entertaining vocal contribution. And I did like the music score. All in all, it is nice to look at, but there are some parts of the film that aren't as interesting as intended. I did like the film, but I was kind of confused at who it was aimed at. 6/10 Bethany Cox.

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