[[caption-width-right:305:JackBlack in a shark costume meets Creator/WillSmith in a fish costume.]]

->''"And I learned it all from the greatest gangster film ever:'' Shark Tale."
-->-- '''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

'''''Shark Tale''''', a 2004 movie produced by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation has probably [[AllStarCast the biggest ensemble cast]] in an animated Dreamworks movie (although WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda is close). Starring Creator/WillSmith, JackBlack, RobertDeNiro, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/ReneeZellweger and even director Creator/MartinScorsese. [[InkSuitActor Every character in the movie looks worryingly like the actor voicing them]].

This mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the story of what happens when the son of the shark boss (De Niro) of a fish crime family is killed by a dropped anchor, and a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Smith) is found at the scene of the crime. Hoping to win favor with the enemies of the ganglord, the fast-talking hustler poses as the killer known as the "sharkslayer", but soon learns it's a dangerous game in a world where the big fish generally eat the little fish...

It's how ''Film/TheGodfather'' would be, if there were fish and Creator/WillSmith.

!!''Shark Tale'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AlasPoorVillain: Not exactly a villain, but [[spoiler:Frankie]] counts, seeing how sad Lenny felt when he died.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude
* AmbiguouslyGay: Lenny. He talks in a high voice. His confession of being a vegetarian is very similar to that one of being gay. Just read the "Does This Remind You Of Anything" below.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: the shark mobster who offers to sing the Titanic song.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: A really heartbreaking example.
-->'''Oscar:''' Nobody loved me when I was a nobody--
-->'''Angie:''' ''I'' DID!
* AssInALionSkin: Lenny the shark passes himself off as Sebastian the Dolphin.
* BettyAndVeronica: Angie as the Betty and Lola as the Veronica.
* BigBad: Don Lino.
* BigEater: Frankie
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Lenny and Oscar.
* BigNo: When an anchor lands on Frankie, Lenny screams this just before he tosses the anchor aside like a cottonball.
** Oscar does the slo-mo kind when he sees Lucky tripping and losing the race.
* BilledAboveTheTitle: The poster says it all. So did all the commercials, which did everything they could to make it seem as if the whole thing was just an excuse to have all the biggest superstars of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the early 2000s]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/MartinScorsese) appear in a movie together.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lola.
* CaptainObvious: Luca
* CarnivoreConfusion
** Lenny the Shark, a principled vegetarian who refuses to devour sapient creatures, and an embarrassment to his father, makes an unsuccessful attempt to eat a sobbing shrimp who begs for his life.
** Also, in the second scene, which shows off the city, we have a brief look at a sushi bar. There is not a single customer, to the owner's frustration. Guess why.
* TheConsigliere: Subverted with Luca (the octopus); you'd expect he'd fall in this role, but in fact he's very stupid.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Sykes hadn't asked Oscar to bring the money he owed to the track, events would have progressed quite differently.
* TheDitz
** Ernie & Bernie
** Luca
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lenny. He's vegetarian, wishes to be a dolphin and tries to hide this secret to his family. Don't forget the speech Oscar makes after he's trapped Lenny and Don Lino in the whale wash: "What is your problem? So, your son likes kelp. So, his best friend is a fish. So he likes to dress like a dolphin, so what?! Everybody loves him, just the way he is. Why can't you?"
* DopeSlap: Frankie to his brother Lenny. [[spoiler:It's the last thing he does before dying.]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Lampshaded for comedy. No one seems to mind Lola beating the ever-loving crap out of Oscar, even though she does it in front of at least 20-30 people.
** Their apathy also served to underline the insincere friendship of those wealthy, famous fish.
* TheDon: Don Lino
* DumbMuscle: Frankie
* EasilyForgiven: Oscar doesn't exactly hold the fact that Sykes ordered him murdered against him, even going so far as to let Sykes profit off of his new image. Well, he does owe the guy a lot of money.
* ElectricJellyfish: Ernie and Bernie.
* ExtremeOmnivore: When Lenny spits out Angie he also throws up a variety of junk. A violin, a beachball, a license plate (which another shark discretely eats).
* FakeUltimateHero: Oscar is hailed as a "shark slayer" (the film's original title) after the shark chasing him is killed by a wayward anchor and he takes all the credit.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily
* FatherIDontWantToFight
* FawltyTowersPlot
* FictionalCounterpart
** Coral Cola and Gup, anyone?
** Don't forget the Kelpy Kreme
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** Bernie call Oscar a "Wiener".
** An early shark tells Lino where Frankie is going when he dies.
** A line from a whale at the Whale Wash:
--> '''Whale''': Also, it's mating season. And I'm feeling ''lucky!''
* GentleGiant: Unlike his brother Frankie and his father Don Lino, Lenny is a rather nice guy.
* GoldDigger: Lola. In her first scene, [[LampshadeHanging she even calls herself superficial!]] Also the name of the song by Ludacris and Bobby Valentino featured in her introduction.
* HeelFaceTurn: Sykes becomes decent enough throughout the progression of the movie that it warrants him getting a happy ending too. If he hadn't improved, it would have taken away from how dangerous Don Lino is.
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Unlike most sharks, Lenny is actually a vegetarian and is also pretty friendly since he doesn't want to hurt other fish. That doesn't stop the fish from being scared of him though.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The entire movie is full of them.
* IdiotHero: Oscar
* ImColdSoCold:
-->'''Frankie:''' ''(dying)'' Lenny, is that you?\\
'''Lenny:''' I'm here, Frankie.\\
'''Frankie:''' Come closer.\\
'''Lenny:''' What is it, Frankie?\\
'''Frankie:''' I'm so cold.\\
'''Lenny:''' That's because we're cold-blooded.\\
'''Frankie:''' ''(Frankie slaps Lenny)'' Moron. ''(dies)''
** Which is hilariously misleading, when you consider that Great Whites are among the few shark species [[YouFailBiologyForever which actually are ''warm-blooded'']]. Then again, maybe that's why Frankie called him a moron.
* InkSuitActor: '''And how!'''
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Creator/RobertDeNiro to Creator/MartinScorsese.
-->"We've worked together for a real long time."
* {{Jerkass}}: Ernie, Bernie. Don Lino and Sykes are more questionable.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Oscar
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Lola
* KidsAreCruel: The Shorties
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Frankie]].
* LenoDevice: Katie Current
* LogoJoke: The boy from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation casts his line and the action switches to the worm at the end, which segues into the movie proper.
* TheMafia
* MisterBig: Sykes
* TheNapoleon: Sykes
* NiceGuy: Lenny.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Don Lino & Mr. Sykes.
* OhCrap: Oscar gets this when [[spoiler: Angie finds out about his lie.]]
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "SHARKS! Are COMING! To GET ME!"
* ShootTheHostage: Oscar attempts to fake this when the Sharks kidnap his girlfriend by having his "dolphin" partner pretend to eat her right on the spot (he grabs her in his mouth, but doesn't swallow) on his order to show that he didn't care. [[spoiler:Fails as the "dolphin" is Lenny the vegetarian shark, who is repulsed by the simple taste of fish. He spits her out along with the contents of his various lunches.]]
* ShoutOut: It wouldn't be a Dreamworks movie without many of them.
** The most obvious and numerous are to ''Film/{{Jaws}}''. This film's music is even described as their "theme song" by Frankie.
** Lenny's name is probably inspired by Lennie Small of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''. There's even a short "AndCallHimGeorge" moment with Oscar.
** Crazy Joe watches ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' inside his shell.
** To the movie ''Car Wash'', of all things.
** Possibly accidental, but the movie bears some distinct resemblance to ''{{Dragonheart}}'', in which a knight and a dragon ends up in a stalemate during a fight and decides to cooperate. They do this by faking battles with each other in front of awestruck villagers that the dragon pretends to attack, where he at the end of the battle pretends to die.
* TheSmartGuy: Lenny. You think at first it's just wishful thinking on Don Lino's part, but Lenny ''is'' pretty sharp. He's the first to realise that Oscar is lying. He thinks up a plan to fake his own death. He disguises himself as a dolphin so well that he attends a sit-down with his own father and isn't recognised. He even skilfully blackmails Oscar into taking him - a shark - home. When he talks all smooth and "God forbid somebody should find out the truth", you remember that yeah, he may look all cute and vegetarian, but he's still ''the son of a Mafia Shark'' - and he knows the tricks of the trade.
* TerribleTrio: The {{Gonk}}ish Sykes, Ernie and Bernie.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Ernie and Bernie.
* {{Tsundere}}: Angie
* UncleTomfoolery: Oscar
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Angie. [[spoiler:Became [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend victorious]] in the end.]]
* WaterIsAir: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a race seahorse Oscar had bet on trips before the finish line.
-->'''Oscar:''' He trips underwater? Now who in the halibut ''trips'' underwater? And, by the way... on what?
* WhatTheHellHero: Angie calls out Oscar later in the movie.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: To the fish population of the Reef, Lenny the Shark is scary as a shark, but cuddly and safe when he disguises himself as a dolphin. Just so we're clear, [[CarnivoreConfusion dolphins eat fish too]], but they're cute! (This led to a few reviewers reading a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stronger metaphor in it...]]) Funny thing, is, the movie actually ''uses'' this, [[spoiler:when Oscar tries to subvert IHaveYourWife by having Lenny fake eating his girlfriend. The "attack" appears to be just as quick and almost as savage as... well, a shark attack.]]
* WholePlotReference: The movie wears some distinct resemblence to 1996's ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', a movie about a knight and a dragon who ends up in a stalemate during a fight and decides to cooperate, to which they do by faking battles in front of awestruck villagers that the dragon pretends to attack, with the knight pretending to kill the dragon at the end...
* XRaySparks: Ernie and Bernie, the two {{Electric Jellyfish}}es, make fishbones flash whenever they shock a fish with their tentacles.