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Release Date:
October 1, 2004

Studio:
DreamWorks Pictures

Director:
Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson

Screenwriter:
Michael J. Wilson

Starring:
Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Martin Scorsese, Peter Falk, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Pastori, Kevin Pollack, Doug E. Doug, Ziggy Marley

Plot Summary:

A CGI-animated feature from DreamWorks in which Robert De Niro voices Don Lino, a kingpin shark looking to expand his turf. Will Smith voices Oscar, a fast-talking little fish who dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. At first, his fellow fish swallow Oscar's story and he is showered with fame and fortune. It's all going swimmingly, until it starts to become clear that Oscar's tale about being the defender of the Reef is all wet. Oscar is finding out that being a hero comes at a Market Price when his lie threatens to make him the Catch of the Day. Now he has to tread water until he can get the scales to tip back in his favor again.

Robert De Niro is Don Lino, a great white shark at the top of the Reef's food chain; Renée Zellweger voices Angie, a beautiful angel fish who harbors a secret crush on Oscar; Angelina Jolie lends her voice to Lola, the femme fatale, a dragon fish who uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants; Jack Black voices Don Lino's son Lenny, a great white shark who is a closet vegetarian; and director Martin Scorsese is Sykes, a puffer fish who is full of hot air and never misses an opportunity to make a few extra clams.

Rounding out the main cast are: veteran actor Peter Falk as Don Brizzi, a shark who is long in the tooth, but still has plenty of bite left; Michael Imperioli as Don Lino's oldest son Frankie, a chip off the old shark; Vincent Pastore as Luca, an oily octopus, which makes him the perfect right-hand man; and Doug E. Doug and Ziggy Marley as Bernie and Ernie, two Rastafarian jelly fish with a stinging sense of humor.

SharkTale swims into theaters on October 1st.

 

See Special Preview Of 'Shark Tale'
clickondetroit.com
Sept. 24, 2004
 
Local 4, ClickOnDetroit.com and Dreamworks Pictures want to give you a family four pack of tickets to see a special preview of the new film "Shark Tale".
 
The preview is set for Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown Birmingham 12, 250 Old Woodward, Birmingham.
 
Left-click here for details

 

Christina Aguilera Is Poisonous In Video With Missy Elliott
mtv.com
09.24.2004

Christina Aguilera has a bit of a sting in her next video — she's animated as a jellyfish for her remake of the disco classic "Car Wash" with Missy Elliott for the "Shark Tale" soundtrack.

Elliott is animated as well, as a tuna fish whose face bears a striking resemblance to her own. Aguilera's marine-life clone is a little less obvious. She becomes a Rastafarian jellyfish who has only a few of the singer's features. Both were animated for the movie and appear in a closing-scene musical number that features the two performing their cover of Rose Royce's 1976 hit as the credits roll.

"Shark Tale" hits theaters October 1, while the soundtrack — which also features songs by Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and Will Smith — is due out September 27. The "Car Wash" video premieres Monday on "TRL."

 

Shark Travels the Globe
reneesfansite.com
Sept. 21, 2004


The cast and filmmakers are set to return to the United States for the September 27 New York premiere of Shark Tale, which has been dubbed "Sharkspeare in the Park." In another unprecedented move, the premiere will be held outdoors at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, marking the first time ever that a movie has been screened at the landmark theatre, which is the traditional site of the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" plays. More than 1,800 guests are anticipated to attend.

 

Shark Tale Soundtrack In Stores 09/21/04
Dreamworks


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DreamWorks Animation's 'Shark Tale' is a Sell-Out in Venice
biz.yahoo.com
September 7, 2004
  
GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickets to the September 10 premiere of DreamWorks Animation's new computer-animated comedy "Shark Tale" sold out in a matter of hours. On Monday, September 6, people began lining up at 6:00 a.m. to buy tickets for the event, which was completely sold out by 1:00 that afternoon.

The premiere screening, which is part of the Venice Film Festival is being held outdoors in the city's historic Piazza San Marco. The film's stars Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, and Michael Imperioli will be among the estimated 5,000 people in attendance at the premiere. The Piazza is being transformed into an outdoor theatre for the event, complete with a huge inflatable screen.
 
The Shark Tale Soundtrack, featuring such artists as Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Ziggy Marley, Sean Paul, JoJo, D12, Ludacris, India.Arie, and others, will be released on September 21 on DreamWorks/Geffen Records.

 

Venice perfects its American accent
iht.com
August 31, 2004

VENICE - The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday.

The special closing event will be the world premiere of Victoria Jenson and Bibo Bergeron's "Shark Tale," an animation in which the denizens of the deep have to contend with a befinned mafia, with the voices of Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Renée Zellweger and others. This will take place in St. Mark's Square, with members of the cast present (presuming the piazza is not flooded with an unseasonable, but not impossible, "acqua alta," or high tide).

 

'Shark Tale' adds Britain's Fiona Phillips
 
10th August, 2004
 bignewsnetwork.com
 
 British anchorwoman Fiona Phillips has been added to the voiceover cast of Hollywood's Shark Tale, playing a roving reporter in the animated film.
 
 Phillips, GMTV's main anchor, will voice the part of Katie Current, a recurring character who speaks the DreamWorks' movie's first line, then pops up throughout the story, Britain's Mirror reported Monday.
 
 Phillips, who has no acting experience, will be heard alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Will Smith, Renee Zellweger, Robert DeNiro and Angelina Jolie, but her paycheck won't reflect the glamour.
 
 I'm really excited but I'm not being paid for my role. When I was invited to do it, I started to see the zeros popping up before my eyes and was already planning how to spend it. But then I was told it's an honor to be in it, Phillips said.
 
 Phillips will be heard in the British and European versions of the film, which is due out in September.
 
 Veteran U.S. TV anchor Katie Couric will voice over the part for the U.S. audiences.

 

DreamWorks' 'Shark Tale' Swims the Globe for Three Event Premieres
biz.yahoo.com
Friday July 23, 12:37 pm ET


GLENDALE, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Three unprecedented premieres, spanning two continents, three countries and two major film festivals will lead into the October 1 release of DreamWorks' computer-animated comedy "Shark Tale." Members of the film's all-star voice cast and soundtrack talent will be attending all of the premieres.
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The historic Piazza San Marco in Venice will be the site of the first "Shark Tale" premiere when, for the first time ever, the square will be closed for the premiere of a feature film. The screening will be held on September 10 as part of the Venice Film Festival, making "Shark Tale" the first animated feature ever to be screened at the festival. A special 100-foot wide inflatable screen is being made for the event, which is expected to draw thousands of people.

Crossing the Atlantic, "Shark Tale" will have its North American premiere on September 12, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. The animated comedy will be showcased in the first-ever daytime gala screening, which is anticipated to become a new tradition for the festival. The special family screening will be attended by more than 2,500 at Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall.

The cast and filmmakers then return to the United States for the September 27 New York premiere of "Shark Tale," which has been dubbed "Sharkspeare in the Park." In another unprecedented move, the premiere will be held outdoors at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, marking the first time ever that a movie has been screened at the landmark theatre, which is the traditional site of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park plays. More than 1,800 guests are anticipated to attend.

Opening nationwide on October 1, 2004, "Shark Tale" tells the story of Oscar, a fast-talking little fish who dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. The film stars the voices of Academy Award® nominee Will Smith ("Ali") as Oscar, a hustler, who has always been able to fin-agle his way out of trouble, until now; two-time Academy Award® winner RobertDe Niro ("Raging Bull," "The Godfather, Part II") as Don Lino, a great white shark at the top of the Reef's food chain; Oscar® winner Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain") as Angie, a beautiful angel fish who harbors a secret crush on Oscar; Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") as Lola, the femme fatale, a dragon fish who uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants; Jack Black ("School of Rock") as Don Lino's son Lenny, a great white shark who is a closet vegetarian; and multiple Oscar®-nominated director Martin Scorsese ("Gangs of New York," "Goodfellas") as Sykes, a puffer fish who is full of hot air and never misses an opportunity to make a few extra clams.

Rounding out the main cast are: veteran actor Peter Falk ("Columbo") as Ira Feinberg, a shark who is long in the tooth, but still has plenty of bite left; Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") as Lino's oldest son Frankie, a chip off the old shark; Vincent Pastore ("The Sopranos") as Luca, an oily octopus, which makes him the perfect right-hand man; and Doug E. Doug and Ziggy Marley as Bernie and Ernie, two Rastafarian jelly fish with a stinging sense of humor.

"Shark Tale" is directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman, with Bill Damaschke, Janet Healy and Allison Lyon Segan producing.

The Shark Tale Soundtrack will feature such multi-platinum and Grammy-winning artists as Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott, performing a new version of the disco classic "Car Wash"; Mary J. Blige doing "To Be Real"; and the film's Ziggy Marley partnered with Sean Paul on "3 Little Birds." The soundtrack will also feature "Shark Tale" star Will Smith, with many more artists to be announced shortly. The album cover art will feature "fishified" animations of the featured musical talent. The Shark Tale Soundtrack is set to be released September 28 on DreamWorks/Geffen Records.

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October, 1994, by its three principal partners-Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen-to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network and cable television programming; home video entertainment; books; toys; and consumer products.

 

'Shark Tale' to Premiere at Toronto Fest
chicagotribune.com
July 21, 2004

 

Christina Aguilera Apologizes For Canceled Tour, Reveals Upcoming Plans
mtv.com
06.25.2004

Christina Aguilera might not be touring this summer — for which she's sorry, according to an audio message she posted Tuesday on her Web site — but she certainly hasn't been idle.

Apologizing to fans about the tour cancellation, Aguilera reiterated that it was "very important" to give her voice a rest so that it can hold up the next time she hits the road.

Now that her pipes have had a bit of a break, Aguilera put them to the test last week when she recorded a cover of Rose Royce's 1976 hit "Car Wash" for the soundtrack to "A Shark's Tale."

 

Shark Voices Will Change
scifi.com
June 10, 2004

The voice of an animated fish in DreamWorks' upcoming Shark Tale movie will differ for U.S. audiences and those in Australia, Variety reported. The character of "Katie Current," a TV journalist, will be voiced by the character's inspiration, NBC Today show host Katie Couric, in the United States.

But in Australia, Aussie morning host Tracy Grimshaw will voice the character, the trade paper reported. It is unclear whether DreamWorks will use other TV journalist voices for other release location, the trade paper added.

Shark Tale, a mafia story set in the world of fish, features the voices of Robert De Niro, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie. The movie is slated to open Oct. 1 in the United States and Sept. 30 in Australia.

 

Shark Tale trailer online
17 May 2004

Hot on the fins of Finding Nemo comes another animated fish tail – er, tale. Shark Tale, from Dreamwork's animation division, is set in an underwater world not dissimilar to our own, although here sharks are mobsters and fish bet on seahorse races. People apparently even go to the cinema to see Jaws, which appears on a billboard in one of the trailer's best visual gags.

This trailer gives us a teasingly tempting taste of the look of the film and the story. Oscar (Will Smith) is a perennial loser who runs up gambling debts and is taken to be dumped in some dark hole in the
Check out Angie !!! ocean – presumably to sleep with the fishes. After a shark is accidentally killed by a falling anchor, Oscar takes the credit for killing him and becomes an instant folk hero – but also a target for the angry shark mafia, led by Robert De Niro's Don Lino.

This trailer showcases the all-star cast, and definitely brings the funny, with amusing turns by Renee Zellweger and Angelina Jolie, and a very entertaining exchange between De Niro and Martin Scorsese as Sykes, a puffer fish with the instantly recognizable Scorsese bushy eyebrows. All in all, there's a chance that this could outdo the mighty Pixar. Check out the trailer for yourself
here.

 

'Shark Tale' Previews at Cannes

foxnews.com
Monday, May 17, 2004

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival has had its first shark attack. Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black rode a 14-foot inflatable shark Friday along the beach in the Mediterranean resort town to promote their upcoming computer-animated flick "Shark Tale," which debuts in October.

Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese also provide key voices for "Shark Tale," the latest animated movie to hook a string of top-name talent. Since Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's original "Toy Story," more and more leading Hollywood actors have lent their voices to cartoons.
 

Angelina Jolie and Will Smith

Voice actors for the animated film 'Shark Tale', Angelina Jolie, right, and Will Smith ride an inflatable shark in the Bay of Cannes on Friday.  Eric Gaillard / Reuters

'Shark Tale' Puts DreamWorks in Hot Water
Zap2it.com
Apr 02, 2004

LOS ANGELES  - After the Italic Institute of America complained that DreamWorks' upcoming "Shark Tale" depicted Italians poorly -- as evil sharks with ties to the mob -- the studio changed one character's name from Don Brizzi to Don Feinberg.

But that was just the beginning. According to the AP, John Mancini, founder of the Institute says, "We want character names identified as Italian dropped, the mannerisms, the forms of speech should be dropped. If they choose to make them Jewish or Rastafarians, we don't like that either, but our bag is Italians."

The CG-animated "Shark Tale" centers on a little fish voiced by Will Smith who takes credit for "whacking" a shark gangster, who was in reality killed accidentally by a ship's anchor. The tall tale draws the attention of fellow aquatic criminals bent on revenge.

Robert DeNiro, Michael Imperiori and Vincent Pastore -- all known for portraying Italian gangsters -- supply the voices of the distinctly Italian fish with evil intentions. "Godfather" director Martin Scorsese voices an evil blowfish.

Mancini says his group is concerned that younger viewers will begin to associate Italians with being dumb thugs or murderous mobsters.

DreamWorks spokesperson Terry Press responds, "You wish they would wait until they'd seen the movie before attacking it." "Shark Tale," which is scheduled for release this fall, has not yet finished with final production. The Italic Institute has not read the script, and no trailer has appeared in theaters yet.

Press adds that the film "is about family and telling the truth and the cost of telling a lie," and the film's humor relies on poking fun at stereotypes.

The Italic Institute was formed in 1987 and only boasts a relatively small 1,000 members. Its study of at least 1,233 films with Italian themes shows that approximately 69 percent depict Italians negatively, with 40 percent featuring mob characters, much higher than the percentage of real Italian-Americans criminals.

"Shark Tale," also starring the voice talents of Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger, Jack Black and Peter Falk, is scheduled for release on Friday, Oct. 1.

 

Shark Tale poster unveiled
star-ecentral.com
March 17, 2004

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Dream Works’ has unveiled the new poster for Shark Tale (right), the animated feature with an all-star voice cast, which will hit North American theatres on Oct 1.

Directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Vicky Jenson, the film follows Oscar (voiced by Will Smith), a fast-talking little fish who dreams big. Things go swimmingly in the right direction for Oscar after he tells a white lie which turns him into an unlikely hero. However, Oscar soon finds out that that being a hero isn’t all it is made out to be.

Besides Smith, the voice casts include Robert De Niro as Don Lino, a great white shark; Renée Zellweger as Angie, an angel fish with a crush on Oscar; Angelina Jolie as Lola, a seductive dragon fish; Jack Black as Don Lino's son Lenny, a great white shark who is a closet vegetarian; and Martin Scorsese as Sykes, a puffer fish who is full of hot air.

 

December 2003
[reneesfansite.com]

DreamWorks has changed the title of the underwater comedy from Sharkslayer to Shark Tale in an apparent effort to appeal to younger audiences and to be viewed as a family oriented film. 

 

Will Smith Big Fish In "Shark Tale"
By Nolan Strong
Will Smith
Date: 10/2/2003 12:08 PM



Will Smith leads an all-star cast in the animated movie, "Shark Tale," the story of a fish named Oscar who gets caught up in the ocean's underworld, when he witnesses the murder of the son of the shark mob boss.


Smith will lend his voice to the character of Oscar, while Robert De'Niro, Martin Scorsese, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger, Jack Black, Peter Falk, Ziggy Marley and The Soprano's Michael Imperioli are all also featured.

The underworld is set in a submerged New York look-a-like city, with Skyscrapers and Brownstones. The deeper you go, the further "downtown" you go.

Five different families control the underworld, distinguished by their species, which includes Great Whites, Hammerheads and Killer Whales. The Great Whites are led by their godfather, Don Lino (Robert de Niro), who is advised by a consigliere octopus.

"Imagine an underwater cityscape that is Chicago meets Las Vegas meets Miami. Everything from The Untouchables to Some Like It Hot to all three Godfather films," Dreamworks head Jeffery Katzenberg said. "Will Smith plays this wheeler, dealer, schemer who dreams of hitting the big time in the sea mob world. A shark clan is planning a take-over of his reef. The godfather shark is about to eat Will when an anchor falls and kills the shark. Of course Will takes the credit and one big lies leads to another."

Will Smith will produce the soundtrack, which will include new songs by Missy Elliot, Floetry, an updated hip-hop version of the movie "Jaws" and a cover of the song "Car Wash."

The movie will hit theaters October 1, 2004.

 

Fred Topel [comingsoon.net]
Monday, September 29, 2003
 
 Dreamworks Animation previewed its upcoming holiday film, Shark Tale, with an introduction to the large cast of character. It's the story of a fish who is thought to have killed a shark, so he becomes a hero for standing up to the shark Mafia. But when it turns out he's a fraud, he has to prove himself for real. Co-director Vicky Jenson introduced the characters one by one.
 
 Oscar will be voiced by Will Smith. "Oscar, who is a little fish that works at a Whale Wash," Jensen said. "It's kind of a day spa meets car wash facility for whales and he has one of the worst jobs in the joint. Like in a car wash, the guy who vacuums underneath your seats, imagine that with the giant tongue of a whale and he's vacuuming and flossing between the giant teeth. He probably has to swim between the teeth. So, he has sights set on a different kind of lifestyle, one that's maybe a little more glamorous, decorated with a little more bling-bling. He tries everything he can to get there including betting on seahorse races. He's a little bit in debt to everybody."
 
 Robert De Niro will draw upon his old Corleone experience to voice Don Lino. "Then there's Don Lino, our godfather of the great white sharks. He's part of a large syndicate known as the Five Families that include other predators such as killer whales and hammerheads. Don Lino, though, he's got two sons. One is Frankie, a natural born killer. He's a true great white shark, played by Michael Imperioli of 'The Sopranos'. But his brother Lenny is a little bit different. He has a deep hidden secret in that he can't eat meat. If you're a great white shark, this is a very bad thing. It's like being a hitman who can't pull the trigger. Nobody knows about this and he's trying to keep it hidden. [Lenny] is played by Jack Black."
 
 Martin Scorsese, also famous for his own Mafia movies, will voice Mr. Sykes, a puffer fish. "He runs the reef for the Five Families. He's also Oscar's boss because he has a legit business in that he owns the car wash, a money-laundering kind of thing."
 
 The film's two main female characters are voiced by Renee Zellweger and Angelina Jolie. "Angie is played by Renee Zellweger. She works at the Whale Wash, she's known Oscar forever and she's had a crush on him forever. He can't see it because like his other dreams, he thinks he's destined for something a little flashier, which takes the shape of Lola, who is played by Angelina Jolie. She's also working her way up the food chain in her own unique fashion. She's a little bit of a man-eater and when Oscar shows up a hero, she sets her radar on him, so that's fun."
 
 Several well known character actors make up the supporting cast. "There's Luca the consigliere played by Kevin Pollack and then another member of the Five Families would be the killer whale and he's played by Vincent Pastore. Now, Sykes has some muscle working for him. He's got some Rastafarian jellyfish and we love them. They're played by the comedian Doug E. Doug and also Ziggy Marley, which is really cool. Then there's the elderly patriarch of the leopard sharks and this is Don Brizzi and he's played by Peter Falk. He's so cool."
 
 Jensen promises that the fishy characters of Shark Tale, though sharing similar CGI processes, will look significantly different from the characters of films like Shrek 2. "'Shrek' required more human type of movement so that you'd buy a fairy tale in a real world. We want to go back and play with animation and do what it does best, which is the squash-and-stretch and the playfulness in the exaggerations you can do in animation. So, to do that in CG - which hasn't really been done before, not as a goal - these guys started playing with 2-D tests to make them really get pulled apart. This is also an experiment to see how much 'human' and how much 'fish' these
 characters needed to be."
 
 Check out the characters at Sharktale.com. Jensen also added that several big music acts will grace the Shark Tale soundtrack. "Music is going to be really huge in this movie. Will Smith is going to be doing a couple of songs and producing as well as some of the biggest names of hip-hop. Will is going to be working with Missy Elliott and Floetry which is going to be fabulous. Another exciting thing is that Steven [Spielberg] has never released the theme to 'Jaws' before and this the gold mine, this has been the holy grail of hip-hop for a long time and we get to use it! So, that's really exciting."
 
 Shark Tale (formerly Sharkslayer) opens in October of 2004.

 

USA TODAY -  August 19, 2003

DreamWorks' film Shark Tale will surface Oct. 1, 2004, one month early, to avoid a conflict with the release of Disney/Pixar's competing computer-animated film, The Incredibles, DreamWorks said Monday. Both films had been set to open Nov. 5, 2004.

DreamWorks also plans to change the title of the underwater Mob comedy because Sharkslayer sounds a bit bloody for a family flick. It features the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro and Renee Zellweger.