Shark Tale—A Swimmingly,
Big Catch of a
Film That Might Just Hook You and Reel
animated film Shark Tale took the big bucks—a whopping
$49.1 million—away from all the competition its opening
week. This film had the best financial October debut in
history. Talk about a star-studded cast, Shark Tale
seemed to have enough fun and storyline to impress some
great actors enough to bite the bait.
fast-talking, small-time, tongue scrubber (at the local
Whale Wash) played by the voice of Will Smith (Men In
Black, Ali), dreams of getting into the big time, ya
know, “The Top of the Reef.” His co-worker, Angel,
played by the voice of Renee Zellweger (Chicago, Bridget
Jones' Diary), is secretly in love with him. She is
completely frustrated as she can't get Oscar to stop
long enough to notice her and to realize he already has
his dream, an honest job and a fish that loves him.
Maybe someone should tell her he's not the only fish in
One day after Oscar witnesses an
accidental death of a shark (at the reef), he spins it
into a big lie that 'HE' is responsible for the shark's
early demise. When his lie makes him an instant famous
Shark Slayer hero, he catches the attention of Sykes, a
puffer fish played by Martin Scorsese (director of
“Taxi” and so many others), who becomes his agent, and a
gold-digging, sexy, two-faced, opportunist fishy-fish
Lola, starring the voice of Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft
Tomb Raider, Beyond Borders). The water thickens when
the mob-family of sharks who control the reef learn of
Oscar. The head of the family named Don Lino, played by
(the oh-so-type-cast obvious) Robert De Niro (we just
refuse to name any of his thousands of films) is busy
preparing his two sons Frankie and Lenny to take over
the family business. Frankie is the chip off the ole
fish-cake, which is what makes him the perfect choice to
be the new head of the family, and is portrayed by the
voice of Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”). Lenny,
played by Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock), is
the sweet, sensitive, closet vegetarian, not the son of
first choice to take over the family. Meanwhile Oscar
learns the hard-shell-fish way that being showered with
fame and fortune may come at a high fish market price!
His very own life is now threatened. He finds himself in
very shallow waters.
That's all we are giving away,
readers. Just swim with the “fishes” yourself or go to
the fish mattresses to find out the rest of this little
fishy salt-watery tale.
Blonde: Action, adventure, gangsters, mobsters, and
animation all in the same film. Shark Tale was like
Goodfellas meets “The Sopranos” meets Finding Nemo meets
The Little Mermaid meets Analyze This meets the fish
tank at the Mirage Hotel. Maven, judging by the first
week's turnout, I think the public is crying out for
more fish movies. And, there was so much truth spinning,
that it reminded me of the debates.
Maven: We are not going there!
Blonde: Oh, please! I'm all bottled up. When Kerry and
Maven: NOOOOOOOO! The first two minutes of this film had
me hooked, no pun intended. It had everything from humor
to dance numbers and a moral, to boot. So often you hear
stories of the difficulty faced by a teen when he
marches to a different drummer and the parents don't
understand. Teens will identify with Lenny for that was
exactly what he was going through.
Blonde: UMM, Maven, in all due respect, this wasn't that
DEEP of a movie… And the pun is intended!
Maven: Come on! Didn't you feel for Lenny the
Blonde: You are really scaring me now, you stopper
of debate conversations! It was a children's
movie! I am going to move on for you, while you dry
your salty tears. Here's just a touch of movie trivia.
Usually when an animated film is ready for the vocals,
they bring the actors in one at a time. Shark Tale makes
a bit of animated movie history as they brought in De
Niro and Scorsese together and Black and Smith together.
This also helped to promote many of the funny lines, as
much of the script was ad-libbed.
Maven: Well, I enjoyed everything in Shark Tale,
stereotypes included. Pure genius, the way the CGI
created the characters to look so much like the actors
who voice them. At one point, I was so into the story
that I forgot it was animation.
Blonde: No! I knew at all times it was an
animation. This was a charming, delightful,
entertaining, funny, clever, perfectly cast film. ‘Ya
know Maven, casting is most crucial to the
believability, power and realism of any picture. In the
case of animation, it is even more crucial as the
actors, director and writer rely on the vocal acting
only to portray the story. The animators do their best
to also put the facial expressions and features of the
actors as well. It is such a goof to see a shark with a
mole making the notorious De Niro faces.
Maven: I absolutely loved the music. Anytime disco wants
to come back, I'm there.
Blonde: Okay, stop! Now YOU ARE REALLY SCARING ME!
You lost me at DISCO! Speaking of Tiger Woods, he got
married this past weekend. The wedding cost 3 million
dollars. Man, do some people throw away money… He should
have saved it for the divorce lawyers. Hey Maven, I AM
CERTAIN that there was NO disco played at the
Maven: His loss! Anyway, it was unique how this movie
made you fall in like with shark characters!
Blonde: Speaking of sharks, Martha Stewart went to jail
October 8 to start her sentence. I feel bad for her
Maven: OH, leave poor Martha alone! By the way her
sheets are on sale at K Mart!
Blonde: Getting back to the film, it was quite
interesting that Angelina Jolie is even beautiful and
sexy as a fish. They had her down to the thick lips!
Maven: That didn't surprise me…but what did was how well
Scorsese can act. I spell an Oscar! Pun intended.
Blonde: Oscar? Oh Maven, do I need to find another
partner? It was a CARTOON! He didn't really ACT. They
Maven: If you can tear yourself away from politics or
debates for 90 minutes, go have some fun watching Shark
Tale. I rate it a B, only because I can't bring myself
to give an animated movie an A, but it deserves
Blonde: OH, you can bring up the debates! I
enjoyed this film as well. I rate it a B because that's
what it deserves. I rated Beauty and the Beast an A.
Shark Tale is fun for all ages. I suggest you eat some
shark or some other fish for dinner to get you in the
mood. Then, at the movies have some Swedish Fish candy
and don't forget to put some sea-salt on your popcorn
and wash it down with some fresh water. Maven, ‘ya
wanna do K Mart for sheets?
Maven: You got it!
P.S.: The film Team America by the writers
of South Park was an absolute over-the-top, creative,
hilarious, animated, political action comedy. We loved
it! However, here is a BIG WARNING! This film, although
hysterically funny, has crude remarks, terrible
language, vulgar metaphors, and just simply put, very
nasty scenes. If all of that won't offend you, then you
will really enjoy Team America. The writers, Trey Parker
and Matt Stone, are also now enjoying the success of
their political satires, This Land and Good to be in
D.C. Go to Jibjab.com and view them.
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