Walt Disney's new animated movie SHARK TALES has infuriated Italian-American groups, who complain the film's gangster-like characters promote negative stereotypes.

Pressure groups like COLUMBUS CITIZENS are urging parents to boycott the film, claiming it incites racial prejudices.

The group also accuse director STEVEN SPIELBERG - co-founder of Disney's DREAM WORKS - of being hypocritical for backing the film, despite his high-profile association with causes dedicated to fighting prejudice and anti-Semitism.

A Columbus Citizens spokesman says, "The movie introduces young minds to the idea that people with Italian names - like millions of Americans across the country - are gangsters."

17/09/2004 14:04