Shark Bait

Synopsis: After losing everything, a young fish, Pi, goes to live with his family on the Reef. There he meets the love of his life but finds that she already has the unwanted affections of a bully shark. He must follow his destiny to save her and rid the Reef of this menace for good.
Genre: Animation, Family
Production: Silver Nitrate Releasing
77 min

If you'll indulge for a moment

my rhyming motif,

I'd like to tell you a tale

of a place called the Reef.

The entire coral kingdom is

a delight to the senses...

Alas, that is not where

our story commences.

We're used to blue water,

this water would spook us,

It's the color of phlegm,

or possibly mucus.

And the salty sea spray

that wafts on the breeze,

Is like the stuff that comes out

of your nose when you sneeze.

In this polluted and ominous swill,

There was one little fish

of unusual skill...

Who would one day meet

a most incredible fate,

Full of fighting! Romancing!

Becoming live bait!

I know it boggles the mind

and beggars belief,

But that's the wee lad

who'd one day save the Reef.

Shark Bait

I don't have anything against

your cousin Pearl... except she's nuts.

But that doesn't mean

I wanna live next door to her.

But Pike, it's safe on the Reef.

There's no fishing,

the water's clean,...

But honey, I love Boston.

What's the big attraction?

Is it the gill nets?

The medical waste?

The industrial pollution?

- Hey, it's never hurt me.

- Oh please, Pike.

Sweetie, you're so full of mercury

I could stick your tail in my mouth

and take my temperature.

Honey, you're exaggerating.

The water here is perfectly healthy.

- Hey, Pike.

- Morning, Bob.


And what if Pi grows up

to have three eyes?


Okay, but think of the cultural

opportunities here.

In Boston Harbor, Pi can meet

fish from all over the world!

Oh like those salmon?

What a classy bunch they were.

All of them talking

about how they just

couldn't wait to

get up river and...S-P-A-W-N.


What did I tell you about

using language like that?

I'm sorry!

Oh, you're growing up so fast...

Go play, sweetheart.

Your father and I need to talk.


- But don't go too far!

- Pike!

- Hey!

- Oh! Hallo!

Haven't seen you around here before.

I'm just passing through.

We're migrating.

You're lucky. I wish I migrated.

We never go anywhere.

You're a dolphin, right?

I'm a porpoise! Why does

everyone think I'm a dolphin?

Percy, darling,

we've getting ready to leave...

Oh! Hallo, Mum.

This is...uh...

Pi! Where are you?

Oh, that's my mom,

I gotta go.

Nice meeting you...!

Mom! Dad!

I met a porpoise!

Pi! What did I tell you

about talking to strangers?

You have to be careful, son.

Boy, I'll say!

You wouldn't believe some

of the weirdos you see around here.

Bob... Don't help me.

- Hey! Watch it! what's the rush?

- It's a net!

- Net?

- Swim!

What are we gotta do?

- Pike! Swim!

- Swim as fast as you can!

- What is it?

- Swim, Pi!


Pike! We've got to get him

out of here before they...

They're pulling it up!

Pi! Try to squeeze through!

But... What about you?

We're right behind you. Hurry!

Push Pi!

Push harder!

I made it! Come on!

Mom! Dad!

- Don't let him get near the net!

- Let go of me! I have to help 'em!

Pi! Go to the Reef!

Find your Aunt Pearl!

Promise me, Pi!

I can't! You have to go with me!

Promise me, Pi!

Promise me you'll go to the Reef!

Mom! Dad!

Mom... Dad...

- We'll take you to the Reef,

- Pi.But I can't leave.

What if they, what if they come back

and I'm not here?

- They won't be able to find me.

- I'm sorry, Pi.

But once the net gets you...

there's no coming back.

Mom... Dad...

Come on, Pi!

Your turn!

- Hey, what's in here?

- Let's find out!

Hey, you kids!

Pi, you can do it!

- Cool!

- Hey, hello there?

- Really big!

- Huge!

Wow, wonderful.

Hey! Wait! Wait!

You all right?

Try again!

Look at me!


Hahaha, little fish...

It's not painful while I eat you,

I'm gonna swallow you whole.


What the... Bad fish!

Pi! That was brilliant!

You sure you won't come with us?

I wish I could, Perc,

but I promised my mom.

There you go, dear.

Just follow those stones,

and they'll take you right to the Reef.

I'll never forget you help,

Mum.So long, Perc.

S'long, mate.


- Dokdo is whose land?

It's Korean.

It was a 55-foot trawler,

and they we're using a three-pronged

titanium steel hook on 45-pound,

stress-tested monofilament.

I must have played 'em

for three hours

before the line finally snapped

and they got away.

55-foot trawler. Right...

Oh, like I haven't heard that one before.

I tell ya...That boat gets bigger

every time he tells the story

Excuse me...?

What's a matter, boychik?

You lost?

How's that?

What'd he say?

He says he's lost!

You deaf marlin.

Actually, I'm looking

for my Aunt Pearl.

- You're lookin' for a squirrel?

- No, no, Pearl!

He's looking for the crazy lady!

Oh, ee. Come here.

She lives right down there, chico.

Thank you.

That is right, darling.

Work with me...!

Now take it to the edge.

Yes! Take it to the edge...

take it right to the edge...


Bring it back!

Oh, yes, yeah!


- Who is that?

- Who is that?

That's Cordelia, dude.

Where've you been?

I just got into town.

Oh. Welcome to the Scab, dude.

Perhaps you should

wear it up.

Oh, Yes! Sleek, sophisticated.

Like Audrey Hepburn.

Only better... with scales!

- She's beautiful.

- Oh yeah. She's a model.

She've been on the cover

of National Geographic.


Don't look over here!

Ignore me... Look at me!

I've got to meet her.

Whoa there, newbie. newbie.

Take my advice and worship from afar.

Uh? What...?

No, no, no, no.

You're ruined my shot!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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