Help I'm A Fish

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Help I'm A Fish

Starring: Voices by Alan Rickman, Terry Jones. (U)

Release date: 2000

3 out of 5


A Danish animated adventure that was re-dubbed into English. Three kids stumble across the secret lab of Professor MacKrill (Jones), and when one of them drinks some potion she finds there (duh!) she turns into a starfish. The only way her two pals can rescue her is if they become fish themselves, so they swig some liquid along with the professor and are soon swimming around. But there’s danger in the briny in the form of pilot fish Joe (Rickman), who has got his gills/hands/flippers on the antidote and has discovered it gives him brains and the power of speech, so he wants to capture the fishy kids and professor to force them to make more of it.
Kids will no doubt ignore the underlying global warming message (the professor created the potion so humans could survive the rising ocean levels), but they’ll enjoy Rickman’s megalomaniac fish and his shark sidekick. The underwater animation is nice, but children and parents used to the Technicolor glories of Finding Nemo will be disappointed at the images here. 

Is Help I'm A Fish suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Small children may be scared by bad guy Joe.

If you like this, why not try: Finding Nemo, Shark Tale, Spy Kids, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Flushed Away,