Oscar (Smith), an ambitious, fast-talking fish, wants to be more than just a whale-washer. Lenny (Black), a sensitive, vegetarian shark, doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his Mafioso dad (De Niro). The two are brought together by a fatal accident and a tall tale, but come to learn the importance of honesty.
Shark Tale is servicable, family entertainment, but not half as sharp as it thinks it is. There’s no denying the appeal of seeing Scorsese and De Niro reunited onscreen for the first time since Guilty By Suspicion, but although the vocal performances often amuse and delight, the overall design is charmless.
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