Recent trends have targeted cartoon movies at adults and
Companies like Pixar are at the forefront of cartoons that
everyone can enjoy. Still, “Shark Tale,” from DreamWorks SKG, does
not hold its own as an adult and children’s movie, the way “Toy
Story,” “Shrek” and “A Bug’s Life” do.
Will Smith provides the voice of Oscar, a fish who dreams of
greater opportunities than working at the whale wash. Oscar takes
after Smith’s Fresh Prince character, providing the majority of
comedic relief in the movie.
Jack Black is the voice of Lenny, a vegetarian shark who doesn’t
want to take over the family mafia business. Don’t expect to hear
the typical over-the-top antics Black usually brings to the big
screen. Lenny’s character comes off as an overtly nerdy shark,
which loses Black’s movie persona and natural talent.
Oscar and Lenny team up together to help each other with their
Despite big name actors in the film, Shark Tale is not as good
as the other films in its genre. Many of the jokes in the movie are
geared toward the younger audience – there are not as many subtle
adult references and jokes that cartoon films have become famous
Kids will love the movie; it’s an hour and a half of cartoons.
Adults will not be as entertained. Don’t expect to see a Pixar
quality, fun for all ages, film.
“Shark Tale” is a kid’s movie.
One and a half out of four