Directed by: VICKY JENSON,
BIBO BERGERON and ROB LETTERMAN
Voices by: JACK BLACK ,
ROBERT DE NIRO, ANGELINA JOLIE, MARTIN SCORSESE,
WILL SMITH, RENEE ZELLWEGER
Released by: Dreamworks Pictures
Nemo was a banquet, Shark Tale is a big,
heaping bowl of salt water taffy, momentarily
satisfying but ultimately lacking the heart
andpardon usthe depth of its
Moderately Successful, Animated Odd Couple in the
Deep Blue Sea
Tale was produced by Mr. Spielberg's company, so it's
only natural that it begins with the theme from Jaws.
Our first clue that something's different: The "duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH"
creeps out Lenny, the main-character shark.
by Jack Black, young Lenny is from a family of sharks
(genus: loan) headed by his dad, Don Lino (voiced
by Robert De Niro). Lenny's a vegetarianhe can't
even bring himself to eat a shrimpa signal of
general namby-pambyness that makes him unfit to take
over the family business.
Oscar (voiced by Will Smith), a little fish with a
big mission; he works at the whale wash but dreams
of fame, fortune and females. A chance encounter with
Lenny turns Oscar into a "shark-slayer"
and the coolest guy in his school, and the movie becomes
an undersea "Odd Couple."
Tale's dialogue is a seaquarium full of puns to please
moms and dads while the kids laugh at the antics.
Its visuals are bright and fun. The fish live in an
undersea Times Square, shop at the Gup, eat Kelpy
Kremes and watch the latest hit from Mussel Crowe.
The animated characters mimic the actors' own trademark
traits : Don Lino has De Niro's mole, a temptress
named Lola has Angelina Jolie's trademark pouty lips,
and Smith's Oscar makes whale-washing look goood.
There are some hilarious cameos, especially by Peter
Falk as De Niro's associate Don Feinberg, and Ziggy
Marley and Doug E. Doug as Rasta jellyfish hit-men.
Plus, there's an awesome, hip-hop soundtrack.
inevitably this film will be compared to Finding Nemo,
and there it sinks. If Nemo was a banquet, Shark Tale
is a big, heaping bowl of salt water taffy, momentarily
satisfying but ultimately lacking the heart andpardon
usthe depth of its undersea cousin.