Toronto fest to mark ‘Shark Tale’ preem

Pic to unspool during event's first weekend

TORONTO — “Shark Tale,” the latest animated laffer from DreamWorks, will receive its first North American unspooling at the Toronto Film Festival.

Computer-animated pic toplines Will Smith as the voice of Oscar, a little fish with big dreams who almost gets snared after he fibs about being the defender of the reef. Other voice talent includes Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Martin Scorsese.

“Shark Tale” will be one of two films screened as matinee gala presentations during the fest’s first weekend.

“We’re delighted to offer matinee galas for the first time in the festival’s history,” said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group. “Additional gala screenings allow us to expand programming so that even more festivalgoers can see the best of international cinema.”

Tickets for matinee galas are not included in passes or coupon books.

Directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman, “Shark Tale” is produced by Bill Damaschke, Janet Healy and Allison Segan. Domestic release is skedded for Oct. 1.

Festival runs Sept. 9-18.

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