Trivia / Shark Tale

  • Actor Allusion:
    • When Oscar shouts "You had me at hello!" on TV, Angie is seen grinning. Renee Zellweger, who voiced Angie, made the quote famous in Jerry Maguire.
    • Speaking of Renée Zellweger, earlier in the film, Angie is seen writing her innermost thoughts about her and Oscar. Hmmmm sound familiar?
    • Also, lines such as De Niro's character Don Lino saying, "I heard things" plus a conversation between the De Niro character and the Scorsese character (Sykes) spoof their infamous repeat the same lines back at one another.
    • The crowd even shouts "Oscar Bumaye!" the same where a crowd shouts "Ali Bumaye!" to Muhammad Ali (Will Smith plays Ali in his 2001 Biopic).
    • Oscar's "Pants" are big like Will Smiths clothes were before in his older works.
    • The Old Shark played by Peter Falk mentions his wife at one point.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Dreamworks really went above and beyond for this one. In addition to casting just about the biggest name actors they could, they even went after non-acting celebrities like Katie Couric.
  • Creator Killer: Shark Tale had the polar opposite reaction from critics and audiences from Finding Nemo and also has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score for any of DWA's productions. It led director Bibo Bergeron's American directing career to wind up on the rocks; his next film is a French movie and wouldn't come for 7 years.
  • Dueling Movies: With Finding Nemo, though both were released about a year apart from each other. Also with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, where Burger King had tie-ins for October and November 2004, respectively.
  • Fan Nickname: Owing to the Uncanny Valley, many have taken to referring to the characters as [actor name] fish - e.g. Will Smith Fish, Jack Black Shark, and so on.
  • The Other Darrin: EVERYONE in the video game, except for David P. Smith who voiced Crazy Joe.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A sequel was in early development, but it never came about.
  • Voices in One Room: A lot of the actors recorded their lines together, such as Will Smith & Jack Black, and Robert DeNiro & Martin Scorsese.
  • What Could Have Been: Ernie and Bernie were originally henchmen to an electric eel named Polly, who was the loan shark that demanded the 5,000 clams. They likely gave that part to Oscar's boss Skyes to reduce the number of characters.
  • Working Title: "Sharkslayer"
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