'''Terkel In Trouble''' (''Terkel i knibe'') is Denmark's very first [[AllCGICartoon all-CG animated feature]]. Terkel is a sixth-grader who lives with a dysfunctional family, and other townspeople are no better, from his foul-mouthed best friend, Jason, who always carries an iron bar, to resident school bullies Sten and Saki.

One day Terkel starts receiving death threats. Could they be from Sten and Saki, who were beaten by Terkel's abusive, alcoholic Uncle Stewart? Or from Jason, whose fat and ugly sister Dorit committed suicide after being rejected and mocked by Terkel, who didn't know she and Jason were siblings?

''Terkel In Trouble'' features a cast of mostly kids, provides [[BlackComedy dark and cynical humour]], as well as unpleasant character designs, and thus is often compared with ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''; however, ''Terkel'' is not satirical and is far less surreal than ''South Park''.

The film is based on a radio show created by comedian Music/AndersMatthesen, who does ''all'' voice acting for both the radio show and the film.
!!The film provides examples of:
* AdultsAreUseless
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight and later gender inverted. Johanna likes Jason, who doesn't fall for her until she tells him to "Fuck off and die".
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: For some reason one of the two bullies has greenish skin.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Because Dorit was the most unpopular student on the school, her gory suicide is treated as a joke by everyone, even the school's staff, who only conduct a very token investigation of it. [[spoiler:Even her brother, Jason, is only slightly affected by her death for a brief moment before going back to business as usual.]]
* AnimatedActors: The scenes during the end credits show that the characters are just actors playing a part, even if it seems that someone takes this too seriously... Most of them are also PlayingAgainstType.
** The PlayingAgainstType aspect is taken to ridiculous extremes with Terkel's father. His entire gag is that he can't say anything other than "No," but he keeps saying "Yes" instead during the outtake. Even wen they put a sign with the word "No" inside his newspaper, he lets out a pained "Maybe"?
* AnimatedAdaptation: Of a long-running radio drama/comedy
* ArtShift: Gunnar's song about a poor Thai boy is visualized in a "paper cut-out" style vaguely reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* CameraAbuse: For a brief moment Terkel involuntarily pisses over the camera "lens".
* CanonImmigrant: StewartStardust, Terkel's uncle, was a character created by comedian Anders Matthesen several years before this film.
* CommanderContrarian: PlayedForLaughs with Terkel's dad, who is unable to say anything ''at all'' but "no", even at his wedding... For the 2nd time nevertheless.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Gunnar]] wants to kill Terkel because he [[spoiler:sat upon a spider, squashing it]].
* DubNameChange: Barry is called Arne in Denmark.
* EyeScream: Rita is eventually blinded... by forks.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: [[spoiler:Gunnar]]
* GranolaGirl: Gunnar can be considered a male example.
* HilariousOuttakes
* LimitedWardrobe: Every character has always the same outfit, except for Arne, who appears as several characters during the whole film. Terkel's father also reads the same newspaper every day!
* LostAesop[=/=]SpoofAesop: At the end, Arne tries to come up with AnAesop, but fails (spouting a lot of mixed-up proverbs that really doesn't apply to the film) before he gives up, opens up a beer, and walks off the screen as he promises the audience that he will call them once he comes up with a good answer.
* MarySue: An in-universe example. We discover at the end that Arne is also the director of the film, so it makes sense that he cast himself as the narrator, the character with most screentime (except Terkel, of course) and the only one who isn't some kind of jerk/moron/psycho.
* {{Narrator}}: Arne. He's also the music teacher and appears as many other bit roles, always addressing the audience.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:In many clues hint that Jason is the one out to get Terkel because he had a large part in his sister's being DrivenToSuicide. Actually Jason didn't blame Terkel for the suicide, and it's Gunnar who's out to get him.]]
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/TheShining'' and ''Film/TheGodfather'', among others.
** The creepy opening credits are inspired by ''Film/{{Se7en}}'''s opening credits.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Or age as poor Rita finds out.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: When Terkel phones to uncle Stewart. Near the end, Terkel also phones to his parents, who were apparently involved in some kind of sex act (father dressed as a baby and mother as a dominatrix).
* TalkingToHimself: To the extreme -- in the original Danish version, stand-up comedian Anders Matthesen voices ''every single'' character in the film. The Norwegian (Aksel Hennie), Swedish (Felix Herngren) and German (Bela B. Felsenheimer) translations were also each voiced by one guy.
* TheUnintelligible: Leon, Terkel's father, is able to communicate just by saying "No" over and over with various tones. Parodied during the HilariousOuttakes, when Leon can't remember what he's supposed to say.