''What if you were turned into a fish?''

This is the plight of Fly, his sister Stella, and their cousin Chuck, after stumbling across [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor MacKrill]]'s laboratory, where Stella mistakes a bottle of Fish Potion for a drink, and (unknown to the others) is [[{{Animorphism}} 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=] [[DisneyDeath 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 [[YouHave48Hours 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 ''[[CoversAlwaysLie really sucky]]'' cover art.
!!''Help! I'm a Fish'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: [=MacKrill=]. Also counts as a MadScientist.
* AdultFear: Imagine waking up, finding a darkened house with the kids you were looking after ''gone''...
* AnimalTalk: Averted. Even though Fly, Chuck, and Stella have been turned into fish, they can't speak with other fish except ones that have been exposed to the antidote.
* {{Animorphism}}
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Granted this is a children's film, but the BalefulPolymorph purpose of Professor [=MacKrill=] consists of a bunch of random aquatic ingredients which can somehow perfectly change a human into a fish, also allowing them to speak perfect English and maintain certain physical characteristics (hair, glasses, a skirt). The antidote reverses this, but if an actual fish drinks it, they gain human intelligence. If they keep drinking it, [[spoiler: they turn into deformed humans as what happens to Joe.]]
** Oh, and mixing a seahorse and a horse's DNA can create a perfect fusion of the both.
* AtlantisIsBoring: Averted. Much like Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and later ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', 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...
* BigBad: Joe.
* BigNo: Chuck does one of these near the end of the movie.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The Professor's [[spoiler:water-pump system]]. And possibly Fly's fishing lure.
* ClippedWingAngel: After Joe [[spoiler:drinks an awful lot of potion and slowly transforms into a monstrous mockery of a human being, (see BodyHorror 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.]]
* ConspicuousCG: The CGI is cel-shaded, so it isn't always as conspicuous. The [[spoiler: giant octopus]] is fairly [[BuffySpeak sticky-outy]], though.
* CoversAlwaysLie: 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, Creator/AlanRickman's name is placed above the title, but his character isn't even shown on the cover. This solitary name also makes it sound like Rickman is the lead role. Or the shark.
* DerangedAnimation: Stella's "turning-into-a-starfish" sequence.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:[=MacKrill=] nearly drowns during the storm, but the main characters still think he ''did''.]]
* DitzyGenius: Joe maybe be quite smart for a fish, but [[spoiler: his logic can sometimes be messed up that when he drinks the antidote, he forgets that humans can't breathe underwater.]]
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: An ''underwater'' version, but nonetheless seems to work under the same principles.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
-->'''Fly''': Can a human breathe underwater?
-->'''Joe''': OF COURSE N-!
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Joe, who also gets a slight DeathByIrony.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: [[spoiler:Fly getting injured at the hands... uh... claws of a crab.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Joe.
* FingerTenting: Joe does this during his NewEraSpeech. Kind of. He doesn't have fingers, but the same visual purpose is achieved by it.
* {{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 ''Fly''fish", which looks exactly like the one he will turn into.
* GreenAesop: 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.
* GuileHero: Fly
* HappilyMarried: Fly and Stella are a serious oddity in the world of children's animation -- not only does they still have both their parents, but they genuinely love each other! Who'da thunk?
* HeroesGoneFishing: Literal variation; the whole plot springs up from a fishing trip.
* HilarityEnsues: Averted.
* HollywoodHealing: Averted. [[spoiler:After Fly turns back into a human he still has the injury he got earlier.]]
* ImColdSoCold: [[spoiler:Fly. Played straight however, due to him having (seemingly) lost quite a bit of blood.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: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.]]
* LegoGenetics: Random bits of ocean-stuff is enough to turn humans into fish, fish into humans, and, eventually, [[spoiler:seahorses to actual horses]].
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The crabs.
* MorphicResonance: Each transformed character keeps at least one physical characteristic of their human form.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Fly does this to Joe while the latter is singing "Intelligence". [[spoiler:He was actually trying to continue the song, but it hilariously failed.]]
* {{Nerd}}: Paging Chuck to the white courtesy phone.
* NeverSayDie: Averted: Characters use the word "die" (and all other variations of the word) freely throughout the movie.
* NewEraSpeech: Joe makes a short one before his VillainSong.
* NoCartoonFish: Partially averted. Simply put -- Cartoon = Human/Fish that has been exposed to one of the potions. Not Cartoon = Not exposed to the potion.
* OhCrap: Joe gets a minor one [[spoiler:right before he kicks the bucket.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Fly''': "Can a human breathe underwater?"]]
* PersonalitySwap: Throughout the movie Fly is carefree and optimistic while Chuck is constantly worrying and willing to give up easily. [[spoiler:After Fly is wounded they completely switch personalties.]]
* RealityEnsues: The issue of humans drowning underwater comes up repeatedly, ranging from Chuck in the beginning, to Fly trying to trick Joe into letting him drink the antidote during his VillainSong, to [[spoiler:Joe turning human at the end and drowning]].
* SceneryPorn: The underwater landscape.
%%* ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum
* ShoutOut
** The main villain, Joe the pilot fish, seems disturbingly similar to the Joker from Batman's earlier animated series.
** "You're forgetting something! [[Franchise/StarWars The Force is with us]]!"
* SuperDrowningSkills: Chuck at the beginning of the film. He gets better once he's a fish.
* TeamPet: Sasha the seahorse.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Skirt-wearing starfish? Alrighty then. Seeing how Fly keeps his hat and Chuck keeps his glasses, we should be more concerned that she has pigtails.
* TitleDrop: Averted. No one actually says "Help! I'm a fish!" like you may expect from the title. They do say "Help!" a lot, though.
* UnnamedParent: In the credits, Fly and Stella's parents are listed as "The Mother" and "The Father"... Even though their names, Lisa and Bill, are actually given in the movie.
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giVEorC-NOc "Intelligence"]]. Also counts as a CrowdSong.
* YouHave48Hours: If the kids don't get the antidote within 48 hours, they'll be stuck as fish forever.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Implied by Joe, when he's trying to weasel the anti-fish formula out of Fry, Chuck, and Stella. [[spoiler:It's only an act however, as he plans to feed them all to Shark.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: When Fly finds Starfish!Stella on the floor he doesn't notice this starfish has pigtails and a skirt.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Used numerous times.