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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Freddie Prinz Jr, Evan Rachel Wood, Donal Logue, Fran Drescher, John Rhys-Davis, Andy Dick, Rob Schneider, R. Lee Ermey, Bruno Alexander
Director: Kyung Ho Lee, John Fox and Howard Baker
Rating: G
Year Made: 2006






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 18 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Grab your snorkel and swim on down to The Reef, a charming undersea adventure guaranteed to hook the entire family. When Pi, an orphaned fish escapes the fisherman's net to move in with his aunt on an exotic coral reef, he meets his true love, Cordelia. But before Pi can start his life with Cordelia, he must outsmart the bully tiger shark also determined to win her heart. Full of memorable characters and featuring the stellar voice talents of Freddie Prinze, Jr., Evan Rachel Wood, Rob Schneider and Fran Drescher, The Reef is a fun-filled voyage that will keep you giggling till you come up for air!


This little known animation release which is also known as "Shark Bait" is about the adventures of Pi (Freddie Prinze Jr) an orphaned fish who must defeat Troy the bully Tiger Shark in order to be with his love, Cordelia (Evan Rachel Wood who is more famous for her choice of romance partners than her indie flicks). Yup, the plot itself is wafer thin and in comparison, makes DreamWorks’ "Shark Tale" Oscar worthy.

In the 78 minutes duration, we get to see the righteous Pi spending his time romancing the lovely Cordelia, hanging out with his buddy and even gets to learn kung fu from a turtle, Nerissa (voiced by Rob 'Deuce Bigalow' Schneider who also voiced several other characters here as well).

Is there a meaningful message waiting to be unleash to the younger viewers? I doubt so. Unless you want to tell your kids it’s okay to play the hero because of a girl. And are the jokes really crack one up? Again, I doubt you will find anything worth repeating. The lines are dull and the antics bland. The animations here are even worse than the current slew of video games let alone the quality from Pixar or DreamWorks. There is plenty of supporting oceanic characters that practically left no deep impression whatsoever.

If "The Reef" comes before the superb "Finding Nemo" and the so-so "Shark Tale", it’s still forgivable to churn this out to audience. But disguising this sloppy mess as an animation for kids in 2009 is a tad deceiving. I don’t even want to delve into some of the plot points which are lifted directly from Nemo. "The Reef" ranks alongside another oceanic disaster, the locally produced "Legend of the Sea".


There are no extra features on this Code 3 DVD.


The colour transfer is bright and clear but that only help in projecting the low-res animation more apparent to viewers. Dialogue is crisp with occasional ambience effects to stir you from dozing off.



Review by Linus Tee


Other titles from Scorpio East:

. Wall-E

. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

. Speed Racer

. Dark Matter

. Get Smart

. Brick Lane

. The Signal

. The Mist

. Halloween

. 1408

. There Will Be Blood

. The Nanny Diaries

. The Magic Gourd

. Death Proof

. Dead Air

. A Tale of Mari and Her Puppies

. My Wife is a Gambling Maestro

. Fatal Move

. An Empress and the Warriors

. Ah Long Pte Ltd

. Talking Cock The Movie

. 2 Faces of My Girlfriend

. Lust Caution

. 881

. Brothers

. Ratatouille

. The Invisible

. The Lookout

. Alone

. Bar Paradise

. China Vampire

. Hooked On You

. Underdog

. Keeping Up With The Steins

. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

. High School Musical 2: Extended Edition

. Pixar Short Films Volume One

. Who Slept With Her?

. The Jungle Book

. Disney Princess Enchanted Tales

. Meet The Robinsons

. Goal II: Living the Dream

. Hanna Montana

. Meet The Robinsons

. Wild Hogs

. Breaking And Entering

. Jump In

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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