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Will Smith finds his sea legs as Oscar in Shark Tale  

Looks like Nemo has spawned. Multiplexes— and toy stores, and Happy Meals—are preparing for the autumn onslaught of Michael Moore marionettes, a Martin Scorsese puffer fish, and more Pixar playmates. Sara Cardace handicaps the product.

Shark Tale
October 1
Star Power Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, Jack Black
Plot A fast-talking fish named Oscar finds himself in hot water after telling tall tales to his aquatic friends.
Why You Should See It You’ll catch Scorsese’s first—and likely last—starring role as a puffer fish, complete with bushy eyebrows.
Beware . . . Finding Nemo nostalgia.

The Incredibles
November 5
Star Power Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Plot A retired superhero and his cohorts are forced to don their suits one last time when their peace and anonymity are threatened.
Why You Should See It From A Bug’s Life to Finding Nemo, Pixar has yet to deliver a clunker.
Beware . . . Flabby superheroes.

Team America: World Police
October 15
Star Power South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone; designs by David Rockwell
Plot A team of action heroes travels the world hunting for terrorists and other nefarious types.
Why You Should See It South Park satire takes on the U.S. government. Expect off-color jokes galore.
Beware . . . Marionette sex.

The Polar Express
November 10
Star Power Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis
Plot A young boy voyages to the North Pole to find out once and for all if Santa exists.
Why You Should See It Hanks’s voice-over turn in Toy Story earned director John Lasseter a Special Achievement Oscar.
Beware . . . Earnest proclamations about the “spirit” of Christmas.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
November 19
Star Power Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson
Plot SpongeBob and friends set out on a treacherous voyage to Shell City in an effort to save Mr. Krabs’s reputation.
Why You Should See It You’ll gain valuable insight into the mind of your 4-year-old.
Beware . . . Off-key toddler sing-alongs.


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