A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers get a view of life under the sea-- but with all the cultural and product references, it seems to mirror our own urban life.
It's important to be real with your friends rather than be distracted by the superficialities of glamor and fame.
Positive Role Models
Lenny is a shark vegetarian and must learn to be himself no matter what other sharks think about it. Oscar learns to value what he has instead of envying the glamor of luxury and celebrity.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon sharks act like they're in the mafia, fighting and chasing other fish. A fish and a shark have a pretend fight in front of all the other fish, where they throw and spin each other as though they're in a professional wrestling match. In another scene, a shark dies and there's a parody of a mafia funeral.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief fish makeout sessions.
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Products & Purchases
Various products are parodied, using fishy takeoffs on their familiar logos: Coca-Cola, Gap, Krispy Kreme, Preparation H, Burger King.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shark Tale is a hip-hop/mob computer-animated film filled with all-star voices (Will Smith and Jack Black, among others) and some bright musical numbers. There's some cartoon violence -- sharks act like they're in the mafia (lots of "Fuhgeddaboutit!"), only they chase and eat fish. A fish and a shark have a pretend fight in front of all the other fish, where they throw and spin each other as though they're in a professional wrestling match. In another scene, a shark dies and there's a parody of a mafia funeral. There are dozens of gags and pop-cultural references, and well-known products are parodied in undersea fashion, such as "Coral Cola." There's nothing too off-color, but there's one fish fart joke. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This hip-hop/mob action comedy set undersea is fast, fresh, fun, and finny ... er, funny. OK, you watch the movie and see if you don't come out making silly jokes like that. This isn't a classic like Finding Nemo or Shrek, but it throws so much at you so fast you will be too busy enjoying yourself to notice.
The plot is nothing special, but the visuals are, with eye-popping color and wonderfully expressive fish faces, hilariously funny and surprisingly touching. The voice talent is top-notch and the animators have managed to bring the essence of the actors to the characters. Don Lido has De Niro's birthmark on his cheek, and Oscar has Smith's eyes and mouth. There are dozens of gags and pop-cultural references and some bright musical numbers that keep things moving briskly, with a remake of the Rose Royce "Car Wash" song by Missy Elliot and Christina Aguilera a highlight.
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