Shark Tale

Shark Tale

When a shark accidentally clobbers himself, a small fish named Oscar (voiced by Will Smith, I, Robot) just happens to be around, prompting everyone to believe that he killed the shark himself. This lie soon makes Oscar a celebrity, worshipped by the general mass of fish, wooed by a glittering golddigger (Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted), missed by his best friend (Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain)--and hunted by the godfather of great whites (Robert De Niro, Goodfellas). Can a vegetarian shark named Lenny (Jack Black, School of Rock) get Oscar out of this mess? The formulaic story of Shark Tale never reaches the giddy heights of Pixar's output (Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story) or the freewheeling comedy of Shrek, but it's capably told and impeccably animated--the sheer technical skill is stunning. Kids won't get the mobster jokes or the other pop-culture references, but they'll enjoy it nonetheless. --Bret Fetzer

Director(s): Vicky Jenson
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations.
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Don Lino:
What do you mean you don't understand? What's there to understand. We've been over this 1,000 times. I don't want to have to say it again. You know, you're really giving me agita, you know that. I don't know what else to say this. Lenny, you see something, you kill it, you eat it. Period. Thanks. That's what sharks do. That's a fine tradition. What's the matter with you? Your brother, Frankie, here, he's a killer.

Thanks, Pop.

Don Lino:
He's beautiful. He does what he's supposed to do. Wipe your face, but you... I'm hearin' things. You gotta understand when you look weak, it makes me look weak.

I know.

Don Lino:
I can't have that.

Pop, I'm sorry.

Don Lino:
Lenny. Lenny. Look at me. Look at me. This handin' over the business is for both of us and you're acting like you don't even want it. I need to know you can handle that. [sighs] [splutters] Alright, alright. Right here in front of me now, eat this.

[whimpers] Gee, thanks, Pop. Here's the thing. I'm on a diet. And I read an article about these shrimps, they're not good for ya. I tell you. You know how many calories are in one of those shrimps? A lot.

It's true. It's true and the other thing is, my sister had a baby and I took it over because she passed away, and then the baby lost its legs, and its arms and he doesn't put a stump, but I still take care of it with my wife and it's growing and it's fairly happy, but it's difficult 'cause I've been working a second shift at the factory to put food on the table, but all the love and I see that little guy's face makes worth it in the end. True story.

Don Lino:
[sighs] I'm not askin' you anymore. I'm tellin' you. Eat it!

No, have mercy!

Pop, please...

Don Lino:

No eat!

Don Lino:
Son, eat the shrimp! Please!

No, please.

Don Lino:
Lenny! Eat, eat, eat!

Put the shrimp down! [Lenny grabs the shrimp and lets it go.] Go now. No one's looking. Get out of here. You're free now, go on. Go. Go.

You're a good person. [glares at Lino, then gestures to some other shrimp] Come on, fellas.

Pop, I can handle the reef. It's not a problem.

Don Lino:
No. No. We're gonna do this as a family. Frankie, I want you to take Lenny out, and show him the ropes.

Oh, come on, Pop.

Don Lino:
Son, you're gonna learn how to be a shark. Whether you like it or not.

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