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Shark Bait (2006)

G  |   |  Animation, Family  |  7 July 2006 (South Korea)
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One fish must find his destiny to save his home and the love of his life from a bullying shark.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thorton (voice)
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Pi's Dad (voice)
Reedy Gibbs ...
Pi's Mom (voice)
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Young Pi (voice)
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Young Percy (voice)
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Percy (voice)
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Pi (voice)
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Manny / Dr. Tang (voice)
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Moe (voice)
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Jack (voice)
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Max / Squid No. 3 / Big Shark (voice)
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Dylan / Curious Shark (voice)
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Cordelia (voice)
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Storyline

After losing everything, a young fish, Pi, goes to live with his family on the Reef. There he meets the love of his life but finds that she already has the unwanted affections of a bully shark. He must follow his destiny to save her and rid the Reef of this menace for good. Written by C. Ambrose

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The adventure continues (Israeli tag-line)

Genres:

Animation | Family

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 July 2006 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Pearl  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£208,259 (UK) (9 February 2007)

Gross:

£1,082,179 (UK) (23 February 2007)
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Originally named "The Reef". See more »

Quotes

[imitating Darth Vader from 'Star Wars V']
Sharp-toothed baddie sidekick: I am your father. Come to the dark side. Oh wait - you can't come to the dark side because you're not evil enough.
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The Reef Reeks - no really, it's quite bad
8 January 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Functioning only as an apt definition for "hot mess," "The Reef" is really just an awful movie. The script, the voice acting, and the animation are not even a notch above film school amateur hour. In fact, a conscientious mouse jockey in his mom's basement could probably compose a 5-minute CGI short on his Mac with more going for it.

"The plot" does not matter as the similarities between it, "Finding Nemo," and "Shark Tale" are so obvious that Helen Keller could find them. The glaring deficiencies in the quality of CGI, screenplay, voice acting and the feeble rip-off of other far more capable screen stories makes one wonder why someone at some point didn't come to their senses and ditch this project long before it ever made it in the can.

It tries for some jokes but fails every time. In fact, I don't think I laughed once. Even purposefully bad groaners fail to elicit a chuckle. The puns are so deliberate and juvenile it's baffling that it could have passed muster to any adult sensibility. But, then again, even "Howard the Duck" got made.

One of the key reasons there are no laughs is that there is no good voice acting. There is zero personality attached to these characters. Everyone involved is phoning in it and probably going for a paycheck to cover their Christmas fund.

Movies like this make you appreciate the thoughtful craftsmanship of Pixar's movies. It makes you realize how vital the story and the composition of the script is - not to mention, of course, their vastly superior CGI animation. Even relatively "bad" CGI movies like Shark Tale and Madagascar have tons more personality and skill behind them than "The Reef" does. As desperately tired as I am of all these awful and cheaply made CGI movies about animals, insects, or both, at least most of them have some basic charm and a few jokes you may actually laugh at, thus in some measure vaguely redeeming themselves.

"The Reef," however, has no redeeming value at all. Best to leave this one alone as watching it will merely be torture.


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