Help! I'm a Fish

Help! I'm a Fish

Infobox Film
name = Help! I'm a Fish! (Hjælp, jeg er en fisk / A Fish Tale)

director = Stefan Fjeldmark
Michael Hegner
producer = Russell Boland
Eberhard Junkersdorf
Anders Mastrup
writer = Stefan Fjeldmark
John Stefan Olsen
Karsten Kiilerich
starring = Alan Rickman as Joe
Terry Jones as The Professor
movie_music = Søren Hyldgaard
distributor =
released = October 6, 2000 (Denmark)
August 10, 2001 (UK)
September 52006 (North America; DVD)
runtime = 80 min
language = Danish (Denmark)
English (International)
imdb_id = 0168856
rating = G
awards =
budget =

"Help! I'm a Fish" ( _da. "Hjælp, jeg er en fisk") (a.k.a. "A Fish Tale") is a 2001 Danish animated feature film , and produced by Denmark's well-renowned A. Film studios. It was directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Michael Hegner.

An English-language version of the film, with Alan Rickman (Joe the Fish) and Terry Jones (the Professor) as voices, premiered at the beginning of April 2005 on the Latin American version of the Cartoon Network. It was available earlier in the UK.

Danish teen-pop girl-group, Little Trees performed the title track, "Help! I'm a Fish (I'm A Little Yellow Fish)", which was released as a single in the UK. Fellow Danish girl group, Creamy also recorded a version of the song.


The movie follows the adventures of three children–a skateboarding mischief-maker named Fly; his sweet younger sister, Stella; and their cousin, a cautious, overweight genetics prodigy named Chuck. When their babysitter, Aunt Anna, falls asleep, the three children sneak off to go fishing and stumble across the boathouse home of Professor MacKrill, an eccentric marine biologist. Reasoning that climate change will melt the polar icecaps within the next century, MacKrill has developed a potion that turns people into fish so they can survive the rising sea level; and also an antidote to reverse the process. Unbeknownst to all, Stella drinks the potion, is transformed into a starfish and gets tossed out of the window into the sea. Since Stella's transformation was caught on camera, the tragedy is immediately discovered, so Fly, Chuck and Professor MacKrill head out onto the ocean in a desperate search. When a storm blows in, Fly recognises the futility of their search, drinks the potion and jumps overboard, becoming a "Californian Flyfish". The boat capsizes and because Chuck cannot swim, he's forced to drink the potion to survive, becoming a jellyfish. The Professor, the boat and all of its contents sinks beneath the waves.

A great white shark and a pilot fish come across the leaking bottle of antidote and gain the human characteristics of intelligence and speech by inhaling the liquid. Using his newfound gifts, the pilot fish, who now calls himself Joe, sets about creating an underwater civilisation of intelligent fish. They take residence in a sunken oil tanker and begin to transform it into a monument.

Fly, Chuck and Stella are reunited, along with a seahorse named Sasha, but are horrified to discover that the antidote has been lost. If they don't find it before tomorrow's sunset, they will stay fish forever. Some travelling fish tell them about Joe and his "magical potion". Thinking it must be the antidote they are looking for, the children travel to Joe's oil tanker empire.

At the tanker, Fly attempts to steal and drink the bottle of antidote, but is warned by Chuck that if they turn back into humans this far beneath the ocean, they'll die. Intrigued by this, Joe has the children arrested and demands they manufacture more of the antidote or he'll have them eaten by the Shark.

Meanwhile, Fly and Stella's parents, Lisa and Bill, arrive home to find Aunt Anna frantic with worry. They find that Fly's fishing equipment is gone, so they head to the beach to search. There they meet Professor MacKrill who, having survived the storm, explains that their children have been turned into fish. He and Bill head out to search for the children in a cobbled-together ship fitted with a large water pump.

The next morning, the children manage to escape with the help of Sasha. With no chance of going back to retrieve the bottle of antidote, they decide that their best hope is to find the ingredients to recreate the antidote themselves. Just as they complete the formula, they are discovered by Joe, the Shark and their army of crabs. During the standoff, Joe and the Shark get into a heated argument. Taking this opportunity to escape, the children are stopped by the leader of the crabs who seriously injures Fly and drinks the antidote himself. Just as the new "King Crab" and his army is about to capture the children yet again, a tremendous underwater twister, generated by the Professor's water pump ship, sucks all the villains to the surface.

Now alone, Fly injured, and with only twelve minutes until sundown, Chuck realises their last hope is to make it back to the Professor's lab where a whole jug of antidote is stored. Showing unexpected courage and determination, Chuck carries both Fly and Stella through the dangerous seawater intake pipes back to the lab. However, they are pursued by Joe who overpowers them and steals the antidote. While Chuck fights off the Professor's escaped piranhas, Fly manages to catch up to the fleeing Joe and tricks him into drinking enough antidote to become mostly human. Since Joe can no longer breathe underwater, he drowns.

Fly drags the jug of antidote back to the lab and collapses. Chuck uncorks the jug just as Lisa and Aunt Anna open the door to the laboratory, causing everyone to get swept away. As the water drains away, Chuck and Stella have become human once more and are reunited with their parents. After a few tense moments in which a stuffed fish is mistaken for the limp body of Fly, the human Fly emerges from one of the lab's pipes.


* 2000 the movie won the Chicago International Children's Film Festival category Children's Jury Award.

External links

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* [ "Help! I'm a Fan"] A "Help! I'm a Fish" fansite maintained by Cynthia "Sparky" Read.

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