My focus in my groups was animation. And recently, in another class of mine, we talked about racial stereotypes in the DreamWorks film Shark Tale. The characters of Oscar and the two jellyfish serve as African American stereotypes (Oscar being American black and the Jellyfish being Jamaican black). Even certain lines in the film show a clear presence of race. Oscar is trying to teach his puffer fish boss, Sykes, a complicated handshake. When he can’t quite get it, Oscar says, “Don’t sweat it, a lot of white fish can’t do it,” clearly establishing Sykes as white and Oscar as black, even though they’re fish. Then there are the two jellyfish characters, Ernie and Bernie. Both with Rastafarian accents and are animated in a way that makes their stingers look like dread locks and their heads look like typical Rastafarian hats. These are just some of the many obvious examples of racism Shark Tale has. For some other issues featured in it, I posted the link to a video “LETS FAIL: Shark Tale || 33 Things Wrong With DreamWorks Movie.” This video also highlights how the film portrays gender and sexuality as well.
Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwDz44mibyA