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  • Accidentally Correct Zoology: Great white sharks are portrayed as being part of a large criminal network made of large groups of them. Great whites have long been believed to be mainly solitary creatures, but newer studies on the species have revealed that, while they don't live in groups and mainly travel alone, they can still congregate near large sources of food and have surprisingly complex social interactions, as they seem to genuinely enjoy the company of others of their kind every once in a while.
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  • Cast the Expert: Ziggy Marley and Doug E. Doug made sure that the Jamaican slang the jellyfish use are accurate to the very definition.
  • 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: The film 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 Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie, where Burger King had tie-ins for October and November 2004, respectively.
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  • DVD Commentary: By Vicky Jenson and Bibo Bergenson.
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  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • Luca is seen playing the piano.
    • After Lenny faked his death, he clanged metal while yelling in pain.
  • Old Shame:
    • DreamWorks seemingly regards the film as this, regretting it even though they released a Blu-ray by 2019, the film's 15th anniversary.
    • Averted with both Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, who cited the film helped them voice in the Kung Fu Panda films.
  • The Other Darrin: Everyone in the video game was recast with soundalikes except for David P. Smith, who voiced Crazy Joe.
  • Release Date Change: The movie was supposed to release on November 5th but got pushed back to prevent competition with The Incredibles. This helped Shark Tale get number one at the box office for three weeks straight.
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  • Stillborn Franchise: A sequel was originally planned for a 2008 release, but was later shelved due to the first movie's poor international take.
  • Throw It In!: Will Smith improvised his rendition of "Three Little Birds" as Oscar.
  • Typecasting: Will Smith is playing a hip-hop urban gangsta, Jack Black is the comic relief, Robert de Niro is an Italian mob boss, Renée Zellweger is the Love Interest, and Angelina Jolie is playing a sexy seductress. That’s pretty original.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The movie is very much a product of 2004. It has an especially large focus on "urban gangsta flavor" and features celebrities who were at their peak among its cast: while Will Smith, Robert de Niro, Jack Black, Martin Scorsese and Angelina Jolie are still well-known, Katie Couric (at the time a host on Today before anchoring CBS' evening newscast) and Renee Zellweger faded from the spotlight years later (although the latter would make a comeback of sorts in the late 2010s), and Peter Falk (whose final Columbo TV movie was made in 2003) would develop Alzheimer's before dying in 2011. The soundtrack also involves numerous artists who were really big at the time, but have since declined like The Pussycat Dolls and Jo Jo.
  • 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 Sykes to reduce the number of characters. Though other eels appeared in both the film and video game.
    • Luca would have died during the film as well as the tone overall being Darker and Edgier than it came to be.
    • James Gandolfini was conisdered for Don Lino. This would have reunited him with The Sopranos co-stars Michael Imperioli and Vincent Pastore.
    • This would have been hand-drawn but the failure of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas prevented it from happening.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Shark Tale Wiki.
  • Working Title: Sharkslayer.


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