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What if you were turned into a fish?This is the plight of Fly, his sister Stella, and their cousin Chuck, after stumbling across Professor MacKrill's laboratory, where Stella mistakes a bottle of Fish Potion for a drink, and (unknown to the others) is transformed into a starfish. In the ensuing confusion, she accidentally gets thrown out of a window into the sea by Fly, and only upon consulting a video tape do the other three find out what happened to her. Whilst searching the sea for Stella though, a storm brews up, and in a moment of hotheadedness Fly drinks the potion, turning into a fish himself. A few moments later the boat capsizes, and to save himself from drowning Chuck drinks the potion himself, whilst MacKrill seemingly drowns. Although things seem hopeless, the professor did make an antidote, but as luck would have it, it was tossed into the ocean when the boat capsized, and is now in the hands of Joe—a megalomaniac pilot fish, who has plans to rule the fish.Oh, and did we mention that if Fly, Chuck, and Stella don't get the antidote in 48 hours, they'll be stuck as fish forever?Help! I'm a Fish is a Danish production made by the studios 'A. Film A/S', although it was originally released produced and recorded in English in an attempt to increase revenue. It was later released in Danish under the title "Hjælp, jeg er en fisk". Despite the English original cast it wasn't until 2006 that it came to U.S. shores, under the title A Fish Tale. Not to mention it had really sucky cover art.
Help! I'm a Fish provides examples of the following tropes:
Atlantis Is Boring: Averted. Much like Disney's The Little Mermaid and later Finding Nemo, the movie portrays the ocean in a much more diverse and entertaining way, though it nonetheless looks nothing like the seas around Denmark should be...
Big "NO!": Chuck does one of these near the end of the movie.
Body Horror: When Joe drinks too much of the potion, bones sprout out from his back and arms, he develops a tumor like growth on his head, his skin starts to rip and slough off and his teeth become crooked and a few even fall out.
Chekhov's Gun: The Professor's water-pump system. And possibly Fly's fishing lure.
Clipped Wing Angel: After Joe drinks an awful lot of potion and slowly transforms into a monstrous mockery of a human being, (see Body Horror above), seemingly having become a fair more powerful and threatening creature, he loses his gills, which are now replaced by lungs, making him unable to breathe underwater anymore. Realizing this too late, he promptly drowns and dies, his deformed corpse washed away by the ocean.
Covers Always Lie: The U.S. cover art not only renames the film to A Fish Tale, but has a really crappy 3-D render of the shark and the main characters. For extra stupidity, the top says "Alan Rickman", but Rickman's character isn't even show on the box art. This solitary name also makes it sound like Rickman is the lead role. Or the shark.
Foreshadowing: When Chuck is washed into Mac Krill's lab, he has a jellyfish stuck on his head, which is what he will turn into later. Similarly, while in the lab, Fly comes across a stuffed fish labeled "California Flyfish", which looks exactly like the one he will turn into.
Green Aesop: The professor's whole reason for creating the fish potion — due to a danger presented by melting icecaps. It's not actually as big of a motivator as you might think, though.
Hollywood Healing: Averted. After Fly turns back into a human he still has the injury he got earlier.
I'm Cold... So Cold...: Fly. Played straight however, due to him having (seemingly) lost quite a bit of blood.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chuck's mother. While she seems like your typical "nasty, negligent aunt" in the opening, she proves herself to be fairly formidable in searching for her son, and softens up in the end.
LEGO Genetics: Random bits of ocean-stuff is enough to turn humans into fish, fish into humans, and, eventually, seahorses to actual horses.