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Trivia for Shark Tale (2004)

  • According to an interview with Hans Zimmer, he had the chance to compose the music after telling to producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, that he couldn’t cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can’t speak – he wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead.
  • For each international release, the role of the news reporter “Katie Current” was recast to a prominent female news anchor of that country. For example, in the Australian release it is ‘Tracey Grimshaw’ , the co-anchor of the Australian “Today” (1982) show; in the UK version, it is Fiona Phillips, presenter of “GMTV” (1993) and in the Italian version, it is Cristina Parodi, anchor-woman of Verissimo.
  • The original title was “Sharkslayer”, but it was changed to “Shark Tale” about a year before release because Jeffrey Katzenberg thought the title might scare families away (the title still appears in some early promotional material). The change is clear in the movie, as in the song before the credits, the singers interlock between calling the movie “Sharkslayer” and “Shark Tale”.
  • The shark mob’s hangout is actually a sunken version of the R.M.S. Titanic. We even see a clothed version of the famous sketch of the character Rose from Titanic (1997) hanging on the wall (complete with the Heart of the Ocean diamond), during one scene.
  • When Lenny coughs up the objects on the table, one of them is a license plate with the registration “007 981.” This is the same plate found inside the tiger shark in Jaws (1975).
  • When Oscar goes to the time clock, there’s a note on the wall saying “If you don’t come in Saturday, don’t bother…” A reference to a famous memo Jeffrey Katzenberg sent to execs while he was with Disney.
  • The magazine that Mrs. Sanchez is reading features an ad for a movie called “The Hook”, which is a parody of The Ring (2002).
  • After Oscar’s mock victory over Lenny, the crowd chants “Oscar Bumaye”. In Ali (2001), where Will Smith plays the title character, the crowd chants “Ali Bumaye” during Ali’s boxing match in Zaire.
  • In the middle of the fight against the shark, Oscar repeats famous movie quotes (“Are you not entertained” from Gladiator (2000), “You can’t handle the truth” from A Few Good Men (1992) and so on). He ends with “You had me at hello”, to which Angie raises an eyebrow. Angie’s character is voiced by Renée Zellweger, and in Jerry Maguire (1996), where that quote originates from, the character played by Zellweger said that.
  • Lenny tells Frankie that he’s cold because he’s cold blooded. In fact, Great White Sharks are one of four types of shark that are warm blooded.
  • Some of the actors recorded their lines together. This never used to be the practice for animated movies but is becoming increasingly common.
  • Some of the ‘fishified’ products are “Coral Cola”, “Gup”, “Fish King” and “Newsreeves”.
  • At one time Christopher Walken was considered for the voice of Luca the Octopus and Sacha Baron Cohen was considered for one of the Jellyfish.
  • In the racetrack sequence, there are more than 16,000 computer animated 3D characters in the stands.
  • The shark gangster voiced by Peter Falk was originally called Don Brizzi. Bowing to pressure from the Italic Institute of America, an organization protesting Hollywood’s stereotyping of Italians as mobsters and gangsters, Dreamworks agreed to change the name of the character to Don Feinberg just before release.
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