Bill the Butcher just sent in his review for SHARK TALE:
Shark Tale (2004) -PG-
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman
Written by: Rob Letterman, Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Michael J. Wilson
Starring the Voices of: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, RenÃƒÂ©e Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Katie Couric, Doug E. Doug, Peter Falk, Michael Imperioli, James Madio, Ziggy Marley, Vincent Pastore
As Thin as a SharkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fin: DreamworkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Animation has Become the Pop Culture Pixar
By Bill the Butcher
DreamworksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ animation seems to continue to rip off of Pixar (currently owned by Disney), left and right. In 1994, Jeffery Katzenberg left Disney to form Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. It is rumored that he took the idea of PixarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s A BugÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Life with him, and made Antz. In my opinion, Antz is a much deeper film where the ant colony represents a communistic society that the hero must overcome. A BugÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Life had a bit more flimsy plot, with the hero ant trying to save his colony from grasshoppers.
Since Antz, DreamworksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ animation has gone downhill, from Shrek and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sequel, to their new film, Shark Tale, coming out after the success of PixarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Finding Nemo . Full of pop culture references that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit in, bright glitzy eye candy for the kids, and an easy to follow, albeit flimsy plot, Shark Tale may entertain the children for 90 minutes, but it shows how much of a shoddy trend Dreamworks is setting, trying to keep up with the creativity of Pixar.
Set in an underwater New York City, Times Square and all, Shark Tale follows Oscar, a lowly fish who works at a Whale wash. He always seems to be down on his luck and broke. The city of fish is terrorized by sharks, who are made out to be like the mafia.
Luckily, Oscar winds up in the right place at the right time, as an anchor falls on a shark whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chasing him, son of Don Lino the infamous head of the sharks, and kills him. Some other fish happen to see Oscar there, and he takes credit for killing the shark, and now becomes the infamous Ã¢â‚¬Å“sharkslayer.Ã¢â‚¬?
I will give Shark Tale its props for being one of the most politically correct animation films in recent memory. It attempts to display many different ethnicities through itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fish, from the Will Smith voiced Oscar representing black culture, along with his father having an afro, to the sharks representing the mafia cultureÃ¢â‚¬â€