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Summary

Boggan Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Ragdoll Productions and distributed by Hit Entertainment. Directed by Andrew Davenport, Anne Wood, and Gavin Nyenhuis (in Nyenhuis' feature directorial debut), the film contains an ensemble cast starring the voices of Graham Leach, Christoph Waltz, Emily Smith, Ben Small, Lianne Marie Dobbs and Patty Wirtz. Other voices include Jeannie Elias, Jerod Mixon, Michael Brandon, Alex Karzis, George Carlin, Richard Ian Cox and Leah Cudmore. It tells the story of a big boy named Graham (Leach) who falsely claims to have killed Diesel (Brandon), the son of a boggan mob boss named Mandrake (Waltz), to advance his community standing and teams up with the mobster's other son Thomas (Small) to keep up the other facade.

Plot

In the Southside Reef, a lowly bluestreak cleaner wrasse named ??? fantasizes about being rich and famous. Soon after arriving for work at the Whale Wash, he is called to his boss's office, a pufferfish named Binky, to discuss the fact that he owes a large sum of money and must pay it back by the next day. He remembers being humiliated as a child because his father was a tongue scrubber, so his angelfish best friend, Maggie, offers him a shiny pink pearl that was a gift from her grandmother to pawn and pay his debt. Miguel brings the money to the race track to meet Binky but hears that the race is rigged and bets it all on a monster named Randall Boggs. A lionfish named Moira sees this and flagrantly seduces an excited Miguel. Binky is annoyed that Miguel bet the money but agrees to see how the race turns out. When the race start, Randall's door had been blocked (revealing that the rigging was against him), but then Randall smashes the door and eventually takes the lead. Moments before Randall crosses the finish line, he trips and loses.

Meanwhile, a family of criminally-inclined boggans, with associates such as orcas, swordfish and octopuses, has a problem with one of their sons, Thomas, a vegetarian. His crime lord father, Mandrake, orders his violent eldest son, Diesel, to mentor his brother in the family business. Diesel sees Miguel left for dead in the middle of the ocean by Binky's two Jamaican jellyfish henchmen, Andy and Theo, and urges Thomas to eat Miguel, but Thomas instead frees Miguel and tells him to escape. Furious and fed up, Diesel charges at Miguel, but suddenly an anchor from above the surface falls on him, killing him. Devastated over his brother's demise, Thomas flees. As there were no other witnesses and Miguel was seen near the body, everyone in the reef comes to believe that he killed Diesel, an opportunity that Miguel decides to exploit for fame.

Miguel returns to the reef with a new title of "Sharkslayer." Binky becomes his manager and forgives Miguel's debt, and Miguel moves to the "top of the reef" to live in luxury. At the same time, Mandrake has everyone search for Thomas and Miguel. When several boggans approach Miguel's neighborhood, his neighbors expect him to drive them away, so he goes out and encounters Thomas. Since he does not wish to return home and face his father, Thomas begs Miguel to let him stay at Miguel's house since he's aware of his lie. Soon, Maggie finds out about Miguel's lie from Thomas and threatens to tell everyone, though the boys convince her to keep quiet. Miguel and Thomas stage an event in which Thomas pretends to terrorize the town, and Miguel pretends to defeat him in battle. This further cements Miguel's popularity and causes Moira to become his girlfriend while infuriating Mandrake, as he and the other boggans now believe that Thomas has been killed too. Afterward, Miguel and Maggie get into a heated argument. She reveals that she had feelings for Miguel even before becoming the "Sharkslayer," causing Miguel to dump Moira and reflect on the consequences of his selfishness. Moira then beats Miguel up in anger.

Soon, Miguel buys some gifts for Maggie, only to discover that Mandrake has kidnapped her to stage a meeting. Moira has also attended the meeting with the intention of taking revenge on Miguel for their breakup. Mandrake threatens to eat Maggie if Miguel does not comply. Thomas grabs Maggie into his mouth (for Miguel to intimidate the boggans) but then regurgitates her. Enraged, Mandrake chases Miguel through the reef. Miguel heads for the Whale Wash and traps Mandrake, and accidentally trapping Thomas in the machinery. Everyone gives Miguel an ovation, but he finally confesses the truth behind Diesel's death. He then tells Mandrake that everyone loves Thomas for who he is and urges him to respect everyone's individual choices. Inspired by Miguel's confession, Mandrake reconciles with his son and accepts him for who he is, and states that he and his gang bear the city no ill will. Miguel forsakes all the wealth he has acquired, makes peace with the boggans, becomes co-manager of the Whale Wash, now frequented by boggans, orcas, swordfish and octopuses, and lives happily ever after with Maggie as he enjoys an honest life.

In a mid-credits scene, it is shown that Moira has never found out that Miguel lied about being a "Sharkslayer," and she goes looking for Miguel to rekindle her relationship with him by insincerely making amends with him, but she is instead met by a deranged frog named Dewitt which is karma for her actions.

Cast

  • Oscar - Graham Leach (Cedarmont Kids)
  • Lenny - Thomas (Thomas and Friends)
  • Angie - Emily Smith (Cedarmont Kids)
  • Lola - Moira (Pokémon)
  • Don Lino - Mandrake (Epic)
  • Mr. Sykes - BJ (Barney and Friends)
  • Ernie and Bernie - Andy Arlington and Theo McEwen (Maya and Miguel)
  • Oscar and Angie’s Daughter - Inez (Cyberchase)
  • Frankie - Diesel (Thomas and Friends)
  • Luca - Ledge (Cyberchase) (w/Buzz and Delete as extras)
  • Don Ira Feinberg - Class 40 (Thomas and Friends)
  • Crazy Joe - Dewitt (Will and Dewitt)
  • Katie Current - Terri (Miss BG)
  • Worm - Mr. Bill
  • Giuseppe - Dagda (Epic)
  • 3 Shorties - Will, Sam and Kate (Will and Dewitt)
  • Mrs. Sanchez - Roz (Monsters, Inc.)
  • Shrimp - Dab the Dodo (Ice Age)
  • Christina - Myranda Alexander (Cedarmont Kids)
  • Missy - Keeley Alexander (Cedarmont Kids)
  • White/Hammerhead Sharks - Various Boggans (Epic)
  • Orcas - Various Engines (Thomas and Friends)
  • Whales at Whale Wash - Various Dragons (Dragon Tales)
  • Sea Turtles at the Wash - Maya, Chrissy and Maggie (Maya and Miguel)
  • Working Fish at the Whale Wash - Various ZOOM Characters
  • Video Game Shark - Duck (Thomas and Friends)
  • Other Shrimps - Troublesome Trucks (Thomas and Friends) and Dodos (Ice Age)
  • Racing Seahorses - Various Monsters (Monsters, Inc.)
  • Lucky Day - Randall Boggs (Monsters, Inc.)
  • Orca - Wooster Q. Weasel (Animalia)
  • Piranhas - Various Animalia Characters
  • Fainting Orca - Magnet Bomber (Bomberman)
  • Worker Fish - ??? (???)
  • Worker Fish cleaning Whale's insides - ??? (???)
  • Two Swordfishes - Derek and Boco (???)
  • Fish that gets hit by blob that Oscar throws - ??? (???)
  • Police Dolphin - Prince Zuko (???)
  • Two Sharks Calling Out for Lenny - Arry and Bert (Thomas and Friends)
  • Sebastian the Dolphin - Henry (Thomas and Friends)
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