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A Fish Tale (2000)

Hjælp! Jeg er en fisk (original title)
Three children accidentally get turned into fish after drinking a potion made by an eccentric scientist. The kids end up in the sea, with one problem. They must find and drink the antidote within 48 hours, or forever remain as fish.

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Tracy J. Brown (additional dialogue and scenario) (as Tracy Brown), Stefan Fjeldmark (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Joe (voice)
Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Professor Mac Krill (voice)
Morten Kerrn Nielsen Morten Kerrn Nielsen ... Plum (voice)
Sebastian Jessen ... Svip (voice)
Pil Neja Pil Neja ... Stella (voice)
Louise Fribo Louise Fribo ... Sasha (voice)
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Krabben (voice)
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ... Hajen (voice)
Paprika Steen ... Moderen (voice)
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Tante Anna / Ålen (voice)
Zlatko Buric ... Buschauffør (voice)
Martin Brygmann Martin Brygmann ... Fladfisken (voice)
Peter Gantzler ... Faderen (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bateson ... The Crab / The Shark / Additional Voices (voice)
Garry Chalk ... Fish Waiting for Bus #3 (Flounder) (voice)
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Storyline

Siblings; Fly & Stella together with their child genius cousin Chuck Charles, encounter reclusive biologist/chemist Proffesor MacKrill/Mac Krell while out on the docks fishing only to become cut off by the tide coming in separating them from the shoreline. Seeking refuge, they stumble across his secluded island hideaway laboratory, to discover MacKrill/Mac Krell has found away to change humans into sea-life and back again. Stella mistaking this fish potion for lemonade drinks some and is turned into a starfish, her older brother none the wiser chucks her out into the ocean, only to learn from the video cameras the awful truth. Out searching for her in a boat guilty Fry knowing how futile this action is drinks the potion and dives in after her (changing into Californian Linefish in the process) leaving the Professor and Chuck on-board as an storm brews overhead. Unable to stand the batter waves, their craft sinks along with the antidote and Chuck has to drink the liquid to prevent ... Written by ???

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A Potion Put Them In The Ocean


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Country:

Germany | Ireland | Denmark | USA | France | Canada | UK | Spain | Estonia | Latvia

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£81,908 (United Kingdom), 12 August 2001, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stuffed up California fly fish is an foreshadow of Fly turning into one. See more »

Goofs

Joe, being a pilot-fish, lacks stripes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fly: [skateboarding down the hall] Yee-haw! Going fishing!
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Alternate Versions

An (identical) German language version was produced simultaneously to the Danish one. See more »

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Featured in Jambareeqi Reviews: Help! I'm a Fish (2013) See more »

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People Lovin Me
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Ignore the negative reviews, this film is much better than people give credit for!
26 April 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I will admit that this film lacks the qualities that make Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli and Dreamworks so memorable. I am nearly 17, and I think it is a very entertaining but flawed film, that is much better than people give credit for. Adults won't find much to go on, but children will love at least one aspect of the movie.

The animation is in general very good,considering it's a danish studio, very bright in the underwater sequences. However, some of the character animation was not as good as it could have been, and it was a little flat, especially in the first ten minutes or so.

The songs were adequate, but I personally think both children and adults won't remember any of them, except "Help I'm a little yellow fish", perhaps not always in a good way. I liked that song, and I liked "Intelligence", but the other songs are forgettable. The incidental music wasn't bad either, though some of it sounded very like the Lion King.

The story is a very nice idea indeed, about three children accidentally coming across a potion that turns them into fish, and encountering a villainous fish named Joe (admittedly an odd name for a villain), who is desperate for power. I personally thought the story was a nice idea, but there were some scenes where it dragged, and others where it felt rushed. I did think the script was nicely-written, again it may depend on the audience, as there is a lot of very confusing maths and science.

The voice talents were actually not that bad at all. Alan Rickman lent his gritty baritone to a cool and suave villain, and I must say he didn't do too bad a job. As a matter of fact, I was impressed with him more than anybody else. Had he had some better material,(not as bad as it could have been) his villain could have been more memorable than they made him. Terry Jones was an inspired choice for McKrill. His character is quite mad, and there were times when Jones was very funny, but other times when he quite badly overdid the character, most notably in his song. Fly, Stella and Chuck were well done, but the only voice actor I wasn't hugely keen on was the voice actor of the shark; he was very loud and got a bit annoying.

The special features on the DVD could have been of a bigger variety. There was an interesting featurette with interviews with Rickman and Jones, and some equally interesting filmographies. If anything, there could have had a bit more variety for kids, like games and trailers for other films.

All in all, I liked this film. Is it the best animation in the world? No it isn't, but it isn't too bad an attempt. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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