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Shark Tale
Genre: Computer Animation

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Ren

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Clicking on the Club Oscar icon will take you to a three-minute view of the fish cutting some fancy water in a dance club, a "Learn To Dance" interactive segment (17 minutes total, when playing all the dance tutorials), and printables from your PC (not Macs). Moving on to the DreamWorks Kids section, kids can also access Club Oscar, watch some fun-filled scenes, Rock The Reef with Syke's Jukebox that features songs from the movie and the music video for "Car Wash" by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot), play three Must Sea Games (Disguees Lenny, Fish Eat Fish, and Place Your Bets on the seahorse races), and access DVD-ROM enhancements. Additional special features include a brief Rough Waters featurette highlighting CGI problems; an 11-minute Star Fish featurette, introducing us to the voices of the underwater heroes; a four-minute segment on the music of Shark Tale; a six-minute look at how the mob genre was thrown to the tides for Shark Tale; an introduction to Gigi the Whale; a tour of concepts, drawings, paintings, and props in a movie gallery; a audio commentary track with directors Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, and Rob Letterman; and cast and filmmaker biographies. Also includes previews, as well as a featurette for the new Wallace & Gromit movie, which will hit theatres in October 2005.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 91955
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild language And Crude Humor.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/08/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron & Rob Letterman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Oscar (Smith) is a small fish working at the whale wash but dreaming of making it big. When he mistakingly is believed to have killed a "Shark" he suddenly finds himself a hero and a star. The Godfather of sharks Don Lino (De Niro) is most upset to find that his son has been killed and orders his cronies to High "Tale" it over to the southside reef and destroy the famous shark slayer. Meanwhile, the Don's other son, softhearted Lenny (Black) has made friends with Oscar, and the natural enemies find themselves working together to avoid Don Lino and his gang. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
As can be expected, the anamorphically enhanced animated DVD picture looks absolutely fantastic. The depth of field and attention to shading created by the CGI artists creates a striking underwater environment. From silt floating through the ocean water to the undulating shading of light from above contrast the brightly colored characters and underwater environments. The 1.85:1 picture is also incredibly sharp, with insatiable detail! There is not a sign of edge enhancement, nor is there distracting pixelization to mar the visual experience. What a gorgeous picture throughout! (Suzanne Hodges)

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