Shark Bait (released as ?The Reef? in some parts of the world) is a terrible movie that?s reminiscent of those exploitive, low production value, straight-to-video releases that capitalized on the popularity of Disney titles during the mid and late nineties. Unlike infamous straight to video releases such as ?Dingo?s Pocahontas? and ?Hans Christian Anderson?s The Little Mermaid?, Shark Bait doesn?t have a classic tale to use as a script and avoid copyright infringement. Instead, this film combines the least charming aspects of two other computer animated films about fish and burns your retinas with cheap Korean animation.
There is no redeeming quality in this flick. The contrived story about a guppy named Pi who takes on a Shark for the love of the most beautiful fish in the sea makes you seasick. As the script is littered with lifted lines and scenes from Shark Tale and Finding Nemo, you sit and wonder how DigiArt was able to get away with such an obvious pilfering of ideas. Not nearly as family friendly as it advertises to be, you?ll find yourself barely chuckling at obscure references that almost fly over your head, and your children waiting for a cue to giggle, this movie can?t make up its mind about who to entertain. The only thing worse than the story and dialogue is the delivery. I once believed that it didn?t matter who was hired as voices in a high quality animated film, as long as they were competent voice actors. I still believe this to be true, but in the case of a terrible film, the even worse voice acting is emphasized. When a film studio has to use names such as Freddy Prinze Jr., Rob Schneider and Andy Dick on the promotional poster to draw in an audience, you know that the movie will only disappoint, no matter how low your expectations.
When it?s all done and over with, you will actually curse yourself for letting your kids sit through such an atrocity against cinema. Originally released in theaters in 2007 this movie now plagues cable stations around the world. If you love your children, and yourself, you?ll avoid this criminally bad rip off.