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Less than the sum of its parts,
This review is from: Shark Tale [DVD] (DVD)
Shark Tale ought to be a sure-fire smash hit. All the important elements seem to be present: a great cast to provide the voices, fantastic animation (sometimes the similarity of the animated characters to the human providing the voice are spooky) a decent story set in a genre rich with opportunities for parody and pastiche.
My son (4) loved it and I enjoyed it but sadly, there is something missing. Yes, it is an enjoyable romp but it lacks the soul of the very best animated work: Shrek, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles (in fact all of the Pixar films). They seem to have been so impressed with the A-list cast and the animation trickery that they forgot that it is the strength of the story that creates an enduring classic. A further problem is that the jokes (aimed at adults) seem to have been tacked on rather than being integrated into the story - sometimes it feels like there a two films here rather than one film working on multiple levels (as the best films do).
This film dazzles but nothing more.