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
Computer-animated adventure about life in an underwater reef, where a gang of mafia-style sharks led by Don Lino (voiced by Robert De Niro) rule over the neighborhood. Oscar (Will Smith) is a small fish in a big pond, a humble worker in the local 'whale-wash' who grabs his chance at glory when a sinking anchor kills Don Lino's son Frankie (Michael Imperioli). Mistaken as the heroic shark slayer, Oscar is seduced by Lola (Angelina Jolie), although he comes to regret his deception when Don Lino and the family decide it's time to sort him out. Befriended by Don Lino's outcast son Lenny (Jack Black), a vegetarian shark, Oscar has to learn if he can truly stand up for himself, and for his friends. Also features the voices of Renee Zellweger, Martin Scorsese and Peter Falk.