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The original title for the movie 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."
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When Don Lino is clearly seen for the first time (when he looks up from the aquarium), a mole can be seen near his right eye, a distinct facial feature of Lino's voice actor, Robert De Niro.
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According to Hans Zimmer, he told Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg that he could not deal with any more epic films, but wanted to do a fun animated movie instead, and so he got the chance to compose for this film.
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A sequel had been discussed, but it was never produced.
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When Oscar (Will Smith) goes to the time clock, there is a note on the wall saying, "If you don't come in Saturday, don't bother..." This is a reference to a famous memo Jeffrey Katzenberg sent to executives while he was with Disney.
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In the scene where Sykes is fired, he is thrown against the drawing of Rose that Jack drew in Titanic (1997).
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Some of the "fishified" products are: "Coral Cola" (Coca-Cola), "Gup" (GAP), "Fish King" (Burger King), "Old Wavy" (Old Navy), and "Newsreef" (Newsweek).
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During the end credits, Crazy Joe, the hermit crab, taps on Head of Artistic Development Frank Gladstone's name and yells out, "What! You see this guy? He hardly worked on the movie at all! Always on the phone yakking yakking yakking."
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Ernie the Jellyfish (Ziggy Marley) sings the song "Three Little Birds", a song written by Ziggy's father, Bob, with the small difference of Ziggy changing "birds" to "fishes" in keeping with the film's aquatic theme.
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LOGO GIMMICK: The fisher boy in the moon throws his line (worm attached) into the ocean, where the worm encounters Lenny (Jack Black).
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There are nods throughout the movie that sharks' den is the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic. However, the outside and interiors of the shipwreck are based on the S.S. Normandie, a French ocean liner of the 1930s. Particular examples are, the scenes at the bar, when Don Lino (Robert De Niro) and Sykes (Martin Scorsese) meet for the first time, and the dining room, where the sitting is set.
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This was the ninth highest-grossing film of 2004.
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In the racetrack sequence, there are more than sixteen thousand computer animated 3-D characters in the stands.
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Anthony Anderson was cast as a sperm whale, but the role's suggestive dialogue got his character cut down. Anderson had only a few non-risqué lines, when the whale meets Angie, and when Oscar cleans the whale's eye.
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The American Family Association, a Christian conservative organization, raised concerns about this movie, suggesting that it was designed to promote the acceptance of gay rights by children. Primarily, by having Lenny, who is a vegetarian shark, and his struggles, as an allegory for the struggles gay men go through with their homosexuality.
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Some of the cast members, most notably Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, Will Smith and Jack Black, and Will Smith and Renée Zellweger, recorded their lines together.
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Classifying the characters in terms of species, Oscar (Will Smith) is a bluestreak cleaner wrasse ((which explains his whale-cleaning status) despite looking more like a dolphinfish), Angie (Renée Zellweger) is a marine angelfish, Sykes (Martin Scorsese) is a porcupinefish, Lola (Angelina Jolie) is a lionfish, Don Feinberg (Peter Falk) is a leopard shark, Don Lino (Robert De Niro), Frankie (Michael Imperioli) and Lenny (Jack Black) are great white sharks, Giuseppe (Lenny Ventino) is a scalloped hammerhead shark and Crazy Joe (David P. Smith) is a hermit crab.
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Don Lino (Robert De Niro) tells Sykes (Martin Scorsese) that they have worked together for a long time. In real-life, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have worked together multiple times since the 1970s, most notably in Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995)
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Don Feinberg (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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The first Dreamworks film to feature no humans (not counting Antz (1998) where humans are seen only briefly and without their faces shown).
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In the film's early stages of production, James Gandolfini was considered for the voice of Don Lino, Christopher Walken was considered for the voice of Luca the Octopus, and Sacha Baron Cohen was considered for Bernie the Jellyfish. Cohen voiced King Julian in the Madagascar film franchise, also from DreamWorks Animation.
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The Castilian Spanish dubbing of this movie is considered by the Spanish audience to be one of the worst dubbing ever made in Spain. At that time, the Spanish television show Aquí no hay quien viva (2003), was a big hit. So, the distributors decided to used some of the actors and actresses from that show (some of them with no dubbing experience) to do the voices of some of the characters. Fernando Tejero dubbed Oscar, María Adánez dubbed Angie, and Santiago Ramos dubbed Sykes. Also, actor and actress (not from the original show) José Sancho and Natalia Verbeke, were in the cast as Don Lino and Lola, and also television journalist and host Mercedes Milá as Katie Current. The audience criticized Tejero's performance as Oscar the most. This happened again a couple of years later with Over the Hedge (2006).
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The plot has some resemblance to "The Reluctant Dragon," a short story from 1897 written by Kenneth Grahame.
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The Anti-Italian Defamation League protested the film's release, and even after the changes to appeal to them, disowned the film.
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This is Will Smith's first animated film and the only animated film for Will Smith until Spies in Disguise (2019) which will be released 15 years later.
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After Oscar (Will Smith) "defeats" Lenny (Jack Black) in their staged fight, the crowd starts chanting, "Oscar, boma ye!" Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001). The climax of the film depicts the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" match against George Foreman, including the crowd's famous chant of "Ali, boma ye."
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For Australian audiences, Katie Current is voiced by renowned Australian channel 9 news anchor Tracy Grimshaw.
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Jack Black's second animated film, The first being Ice Age ((2002) which also had a character named Oscar and a character named Lenny).
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Only DreamWorks Animation film where the cast names of major characters in the film are listed at the start and the end outside of the credit crawl (though the end features six other cast members than at the start). Other DreamWorks Animation films either have it being shown the latter way or the former way.
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During the staged fight scene between Oscar and Lenny, Lenny accidentally catches Oscar in his mouth. Oscar slowly opens Lenny's mouth to demonstrate his strength. After doing so, he spouts off a few famous movie lines, one being, "You had me at hello." This line is a reference to Jerry Maguire (1996), and it was spoken by Renèe Zellweger, who was the voice of Angie in this movie. In the film, Angie has a very subtle reaction to this line in particular, a small nod to her former role.
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The reporting newsfish is named Katie Current, whose name is a nod to U.S. newscaster Katie Couric, who voiced the character. (You don't say!)
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Originally, Luca the octopus was going to be the character who died in the film but DreamWorks abandoned the idea as it was considered too dark and risky for a family film so it was replaced with Frankie's death because Frankie's death was more interesting.
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When the hermit crab retreats into his shell to watch his show, the theme song for The Benny Hill show starts up.
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Oscar is voiced by Will Smith. His wife Jada Pinkett Smith voiced Gloria in DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar film franchise.
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The fifth computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Antz (1998), Dinosaur (2000), Shrek (2001) and Ice Age (2002).
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DreamWorks' first film to have Hans Zimmer compose the score solely since he previously teamed up with John Powell in The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Road to El Dorado (2000), and Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron (2002).
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Jeffrey Garcia were a deleted role of Miles the Mako Shark.
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Will Smith and Jack Black previously co-starred in Enemy of the State (1998).
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Vincent Pastore (who voiced Luca the Octopus) were a deleted role of Gigi the Killer Whale.
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Kevin Pollak were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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John Cygan were a deleted role of Percy the Killer Whale.
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Joseph Bologna were a deleted role of Kevin the Leopard Shark.
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David L. Lander were a deleted role of Sammy the Swordfish.
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John DiMaggio were a deleted role of Hammy the Hammerhead Shark.
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Bob Bergen were a deleted role of Steve the Swordfish.
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Jan Rabson were a deleted role of Harold the Hammerhead Shark.
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Michael McShane were a deleted role of Toby the Tiger Shark.
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Ray Winstone were a deleted role of Louis the Killer Whale.
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Corey Burton were a deleted role of Randall the Swordfish.
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Rodger Bumpass were a deleted role of Fred the Swordfish.
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Dee Bradley Baker were a deleted role of Billy the Hammerhead Shark.
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Jim Ward were a deleted role of George the Great White Shark.
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Paul Eiding were a deleted role of Snapper the Great White Shark.
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Phil Proctor were a deleted role of Blade the Swordfish.
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Patrick Pinney were a deleted role of Barry the Leopard Shark.
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Ernie Sabella were a deleted role of Miguel the Killer Whale.
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Steve Buscemi were a deleted role of Edge the Swordfish.
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Crispin Glover were a deleted role of Fists the Great White Shark.
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Steve Schirripa were a deleted role of Rob the Killer Whale.
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Fred Stoller were a deleted role of Ken the Hammerhead Shark.
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Sean Mullen were a deleted role of Dab the Swordfish.
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Diedrich Bader were a deleted role of Stanley the Great White Shark.
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Alan Tudyk were a deleted role of Jimmy the Hammerhead Shark.
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Chris Tucker were deleted a role of Sweetness.
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Christopher Walken were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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John Leguizamo were considered the role of Lenny.
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Ben Stiller were considered the role of Sykes.
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Jay Leno were considered the role of Crazy Joe.
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Don Rickles were considered the role of Frankie.
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Steven Van Zandt were considered for the role of Frankie.
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Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Chris Rock were considered for the role of Ernie the Jellyfish.
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Tony Sirico were considered for the role of Bernie the Jellyfish.
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Liam Neeson were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Richard Pryor were considered for the role of Bernie the Jellyfish.
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Will.i.am were considered for the role of Ernie the Jellyfish
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Joe Pytka was considered to direct this film, but replaced Rob Letterman.
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Joel Schumacher were considered to direct this film, but replaced Rob Letterman.
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Martin Lawrence were considered for the role of Oscar.
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Jennifer Aniston were considered for the role of Angie.
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Kevin Michael Richardson were a deleted role of Earl.
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Jack Angel were a deleted role of Bob the Great White Shark.
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Nathan Lane were a deleted role of Fins the Hammerhead Shark.
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Bryan Cranston were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Brittany Murphy were considered for the role of Lola.
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John Cleese were considered for the role of Sykes.
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Christopher Lee were considered for the role of Don Feinberg.
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Djimon Hounsou were considered for the role of Oscar.
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Drew Barrymore were considered for the role of Angie.
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Michael J. Fox were considered for the role of Lenny.
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Rowan Atkinson were considered for the role of Sykes.
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Thomas Ian Nicholas were considered for the role of Frankie.
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Stellan Skarsgård were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Vincent Pastore (the role of Luca the Octopus) were considered for the role of Ernie the Jellyfish.
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Sacha Baron Cohen were considered the role of Bernie the Jellyfish.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman were considered for the role of Frankie.
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Woody Harrelson were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Rachael Leigh Cook were considered for the role of Lola.
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Anna Paquin were considered for the role of Angie.
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Eric Stoltz were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Bill Nighy were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Sally Field were considered for the role of Angie.
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Cheech Marin were considered for the role of Lenny.
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Ving Rhames were considered for the role of Oscar.
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Jeff Daniels were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Melanie Griffith were considered for the role of Angie.
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Bette Midler were considered for the role of Lola.
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Simon Callow were considered for the role of Sykes.
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Jonathan Banks were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Scott Bakula were considered for the role of Lenny.
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John Malkovich were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Brad Pitt were considered for the role of Lenny.
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Johnny Knoxville were considered for the role of Frankie.
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Stacy Keach were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Dave Foley were considered for the role of Lenny.
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Rene Russo were considered for the role of Angie.
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Mimi Rogers were considered for the role of Lola.
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Anna Friel were considered for the role of Lola.
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Julian McMahon were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Scott Speedman were considered for the role of Frankie.
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Timothy Hutton were considered for the role of Lenny.
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Anthony Hopkins were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Michael Gambon were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Red Buttons were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Nathan Lane were considered for the role of Ernie the Jellyfish.
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Ernie Sabella were considered for the role of Bernie the Jellyfish.
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Amanda Detmer were considered for the role of Lola.
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Michael Imperioli (the role of Frankie) were considered for the role of Luca the Octopus.
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Kirk Douglas were considered for the role of Don Lino.
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Tom Wilkinson were considered for the role of Sykes.
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Bokeem Woodbine were considered for the role of Oscar.
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Frankie and Lenniy's mother is mentioned, but she's never seen in this movie, but the only time Frankie and Lenny's grandmother's seen is when she's sobbing silently on Frankie and Lenny's grandfather's left shoulder during Frankie's funeral ceremony, but Frankie and Lenny's grandmother was never seen again.
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Michelle Larney were considered for the role of Angie
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This was the first DreamWorks Animation movie with a new logo to have a logo gimmick.
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The behind-the-scenes revealed Don Lino's first name as Edward.
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The second DreamWorks Animation film to have the main antagonist redeem himself towards the end, the first film like that being Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003).
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With Lola forming an alliance with the sharks during the climax to get revenge for being dumped, as part of her tougher side, this makes her the first character in a DreamWorks Animation film to be a hidden secondary antagonist.
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The behind-the-scenes revealed Lenny's full name to be Leonardo Lino and Frankie's full name to be Franklin Lino.
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While Lenny is a self-confessed vegetarian, he eats his best friends, Oscar and Angie (although temporarily).
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