Shark Tale VHS w/ Case Will Smith Robert De Niro Angelina Jolie Jack Black Dreamworks


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Shark Tale [VHS]
Will Smith (Actor), Robert De Niro (Actor), Bibo Bergeron (Director), Rob Letterman (Director) Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Format: VHS Tape

Oscar (Will Smith), a lowly tongue-scrubber at the local Whale Wash, becomes an improbable hero when he tells a great white lie. To keep his secret, Oscar teams up with an outcast vegetarian shark, Lenny (Jack Black), and the two become the most unlikely of friends. When his lie begins to unravel, it’s up to Oscar’s loyal friend Angie (Renée Zellweger) and Lenny to help him stand up to the most feared shark in the water (Robert De Niro) and find his true place in the reef.

A comic catch from the studio that brought you Shrek, Shark Tale is a hilarious hit and “a wonderful under-the-sea adventure for movie lovers of all ages!”

The film stars Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, and Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of a young fish named Oscar (Smith) who falsely claims to have killed the son of a shark mob boss (De Niro) to win favor with the mob boss’ enemies and advance his own community standing.

Actors: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black
Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman, Vicky Jenson
Writers: Alec Berg, BJ Porter, David P. Smith, David Soren, Jeff Schaffer
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
VHS Release Date: February 8, 2005
Run Time: 90 minutes

On the tape:
Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron preview
E.T. 20th Anniversary preview
Antz preview
How the Grinch Stole Christmas preview
Shrek Soundtrack promo

Also starring:
Ziggy Marley and Doug E. Doug as Ernie and Bernie, two Jamaican jellyfish who work as Mr. Sykes’ enforcers. They enjoy jabbing Oscar with their vicious stingers when he is in trouble with Sykes.
Michael Imperioli as Frankie, a great white shark who is Lenny’s brother and the more savage son of Lino. Like Lino, he is embarrassed by Lenny’s vegetarian tendencies. He is killed by an anchor that falls on him.
Vincent Pastore as Luca, Don Lino’s “left-hand, right-hand man.” Luca is a green octopus with a tendency to state the obvious much to the annoyance of Don Lino.
Peter Falk as Don Ira Feinberg, an elderly leopard shark and leader of a mob of criminally-inclined leopard sharks who is a friend of Don Lino. He performs karaoke (badly) at the sharks’ headquarters.
Katie Couric as Katie Current, the local reporter of Reef City in the U.S. release. At the time, Katie Couric hosted Today in America. In the Australian release, then local Today co-host Tracy Grimshaw dubbed the lines. Fiona Phillips of the UK’s GMTV performed the voice for the British release of the film. Cristina Parodi of Italy’s Verissimo provided the Italian version of the character.
David P. Smith as Crazy Joe, a deranged hermit crab who is Oscar’s other friend. He normally lives in a dumpster near the Whale Wash.

Welcome to the aquatic world of “Shark Tale”, where its scenery is, for lack of a suitable word, “Street.” Graffiti on the walls, crime sprees, mobsters, bad mouthing back-seat drivers…(???) Yep, unusual as it is, this is supposed to be the New York scene in the watery environment. Dreamworks Animation decides to ante up this production by adding enough star power and referential details to test the satisfaction of every modern adult. “Shark Tale” hybrids itself using the visual subtlety of “Finding Nemo” and the humorous trait of “Shrek”, and while this movie couldn’t surpass both, it’s still an entertaining film otherwise.

The world of “Shark Tale” follows two groups: The Reefs and the Normies. The Reefs are an underground mafia consist of Sharks and other dangerous swimming creatures, ruled by Don Lino (Robert de Niro). His two sons, Lenny and Frankie (Jack Black and Michael Imperioli), are his successors, but the focus is on Lenny, but he doesn’t want to participate his pappy’s throne, because this vegetarian (that’s right, a veggie-eaten shark) doesn’t like to slaughter. The Normies are a bunch of regular scales-and-fins living to survive the community. And then there’s Oscar (Will Smith), a green egotistic fish who’s worse that whale poo. Oscar was a nobody who wanted to be a somebody that deserves recogntion, even though his “supported” friend Angie (Renee Zellweger) believes he’s a somebody to her.

These two groups begin to cross paths, as Oscar is messing with the wrong boss after not paying major debt for his stupid get-rich schemes, and was then tied up and drifted in the bottom of the sea. Oscar was then confronted by the Don’s sons in their practice to become ferocious meat-eaters. Lenny did what he could help the weak fish, but Frankie was quick on his fin to gobble up the egotist, until an anchor crushed him from above. It all began as a big misunderstanding as the fishes believe Oscar is the one that has slain the shark. With Lenny joining an unlikely pack later on, Oscar and his white lie made him a somebody, and his false credibility got him the easy life as a “The Sharkslayer.” That is, until the sharks have to deal with him.

“Shark Tale’s” story has moments that makes this movie stand out. The movie had its share of good laughs, especially that “car wash” scene in the beginning, and it doesn’t disappoint me. While the art design isn’t as visceral as “Finding Nemo”, I have to give credit for the looks on the characters. Dreamworks did a great jobs of translating the physical and witty characteristics of the celebrities into their cartoon roles (though that is what Dreamworks has done best). The best has to be Angelina Jolie in her character as Lola, which not only capture her stunning looks and trademark lips, they also capture the bruteness of her inner personality.

Let’s talk about the pop culture references in “Shark Tale.” They cover up all forms of media: “Goodfellas”, “Jerry McGuire”, “Mc Hammer”, “Jaws”, “Scarface”, “Car Wash”, “Tag Team”, the point is: there’s many pop culture references in this movie.


Case slightly worn. VHS itself is near mint. Tape is completely rewinded for your convenience. Stereo surround. Full screen.