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SHARK TALE
(2004)

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A very strong challenger for the best animated movie of the 21st Century so far, the bright 'Shark Tale' had a very impressive cast list who were well into the spirit of the movie.

Will Smith is the voice of Oscar, a fish who is in financial trouble with Italian mafia style boss Don Lino (Robert De Niro)! Oscar has a girlfishfriend devoted to him, Angie (Renée Zallweger), but is bewitched by the scheming charms of Lola (Angelina Jolie). When it seems Oscar has killed a shark, he becomes a celebrity, and sees a chance to impress Lola, and get money to pay off his debts to loan shark Sykes (Martin Scorsese), who conveniently becomes his agent. Oscar becomes pals with vegetarian shark Lenny (Jack Black), who has brought disgrace upon his macho family.

'Shark Tale' has a number of good messages, but, in the style of modern animation, without being twee. Listen out for Ziggy Marley as one half of jellyfish Rastafarian heavies Ernie (Marley) and Bernie (Doug E. Doug), Peter Falk as old, flatulent leopard shark Don Feinberg, and British TV personality Fiona Phillips is the voice of news reporter Katie Current in the UK version of the film. Ziggy Marley's music is good, but the rest ain't so hot.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

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Shark Tale Main Voice Cast List
Will Smith as Oscar
Robert De Niro as Don Lino
Renée Zellweger as Angie
Jack Black as Lenny
Angelina Jolie as Lola
Martin Scorsese as Sykes
Ziggy Marley as Ernie
Doug E. Doug as Bernie
Michael Imperioli as Frankie
Vincent Pastore as Luca
Peter Falk as Don Feinberg
Katie Couric (Fiona Phillips in the UK version) as Katie Current
David Soren as Shrimp/Worm/Starfish #1/Killer Whale #2
David P. Smith as Crazy Joe
Bobb'e J. Thompson as Shortie #1
Kamali Minter as Shortie #2
Emily Lyon Segan as Shortie #3
Lenny Venito as Giuseppe/Great White #1
Saverio Guerra as Pontrelli
Shelley Morrison as Mrs. Sanchez
Mark Swift as Announcer
James Madio as Great White #2/Hammerhead
Frank Vincent as Great White #3
Joseph Siravo as Great White #5
Steve Alterman as Messenger Fish/Tip Fish #2
Phil LaMarr as Prawn Shop Owner
Jenifer Lewis as Motown Turtle
Sean Bishop as Tip Fish #1/Great White #4/Whale/Killer Whale #1
James Ryan as Cashier/Starfish #2 and 3/Oyster/Clown Whale
Latifa Ouaou as Whale Wash Co-Worker
David Yanover as Taxi Fish

Directed by Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman

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