Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. It was directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, and Rob Letterman (in Letterman's feature directorial debut). The film stars the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, and Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of a fish named Oscar (Smith) who falsely claims to have killed Frankie (Imperioli), the son of a shark mob boss named Don Lino (De Niro), to advance his own community standing and teams up with the mobster's other son Lenny (Black) to keep up the other facade.
In the Southside Reef, a lowly bluestreak cleaner wrasse named Oscar fantasizes about being rich and famous. Soon after arriving for work at the Whale Wash, he is called to the office of his boss, a pufferfish named Sykes, to discuss the fact that he owes a large sum of money and must pay it back by the next day. He remembers being humiliated as a child because his father was a tongue scrubber, so his angelfish friend, Angie, offers him a shiny pink pearl that was a gift from her grandmother to pawn and pay his debt. Oscar brings the money to the race track to meet Sykes, but hears that the race is rigged and bets it all on a seahorse named "Lucky Day". A lionfish named Lola sees this and flagrantly seduces an excited Oscar. Sykes is annoyed that Oscar bet the money but agrees to see how the race turns out. Moments before Lucky Day crosses the finish line, he trips and loses.
|director||Bibo Bergeron Rob Letterman Vicky Jenson|
|genre||adventure animation comedy crime|
|keywords||angelfish bluestreak cleaner wrasse crime lord family business hide jamaica jamaican kidnap kill killer whale left for dead lionfish machine meet pomacanthidae pufferfish race track return home seahorse tetraodontidae vegetarian vegetarianism|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Animated Feature|
|producer||Allison Lyon Segan Bill Damaschke Janet Healy|
|theme||animated buddy buddy comedy crime comedy|