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* NeverSayDie: Averted: Characters use the word "die" (and all other variations of the word) freely throughout the movie.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Chuck starts out as Fly and Stella’s nerdy cousin, being much more pessimistic about ever becoming human again compared to them. However, after [[spoiler: Fly is severely injured]], he takes charge by busting back into the lab and single-handedly fighting off the piranhas trying to stop them.

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* AcidTripDimension: Stella goes through a rather strange one prior to her transformation.


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* CelestialDeadline: Those who don't turn back to normal within 48 hours of the fish transformation will stay fish forever.

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Joe and the fish become hateful of being aquatic creatures forced to live in water, wishing to be more human and rise to the surface world.

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* AnthropomorphicTransformation: The fish potion's antidote not only makes fish more intelligent, but it also gives them a more cartoony and anthropomorphic design.


''Help! I'm a Fish'' is a animated ScienceFantasy feature film from 2000 by the Danish animation company A. Film, 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. The English voice cast certainly wasn't something to sneeze at though, boasting of cast members such as Creator/TerryJones in a supporting role and Creator/AlanRickman as the BigBad (and a pre-fame Creator/AaronPaul as one of the main characters).

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''Help! I'm a Fish'' is a an animated ScienceFantasy feature film from 2000 by the Danish animation company A. Film, 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. The English voice cast certainly wasn't something to sneeze at though, boasting of cast members such as Creator/TerryJones in a supporting role and Creator/AlanRickman as the BigBad (and a pre-fame Creator/AaronPaul as one of the main characters).


* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:[=MacKrill=] nearly drowns during the storm, but the main characters still think he ''did''.]]

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* DisneyDeath: DisneyDeath:
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[[spoiler:[=MacKrill=] nearly drowns during the storm, but the main characters still think he ''did''.]]
** [[spoiler:Near the end of the film, Chuck believes Fly is still a fish and has died. He tries to put the fish in a bowl full of water, but it does no good. His mother tries to help out, but accidentally drops the fish and steps on it. Seconds later, Fly emerges from nearby boxes, now back in his human form. Later, Anna finds out that the fish she stepped on is the same stuffed fish Fly examined earlier.
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* ADogNamedDog: A great white shark named Shark and a crab named... well, Crab.



* TheDragon: Both Shark and the crab are this to Joe. [[TheStarscream At first.]]

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* TheDragon: Both Shark and the crab Crab are this to Joe. [[TheStarscream At first.]]



* 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.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Chuck's mother.mother, Aunt Anna. 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.]]



* ThreateningShark: Averted with Shark. Though he is... well, a shark, his brain is the size of a pea.



* VocalDissonance: Even though he's a kid, Chuck is voiced by a grown man.

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* VocalDissonance: Even though he's a kid, Chuck is voiced by a grown man.Chuck's voice sounds older.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never explained what happened to the other uplifted fish after Joe's death.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never explained what happened to the other uplifted fish after Joe's death.[[spoiler:Joe's death]].


This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.

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This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, transforming her 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, potion, 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.


This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.

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This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, transforming her 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 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.


This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, to transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.

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This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, to transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.


This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor MacKrill]]'s laboratory. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, to transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.

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This is the plight of the young troublemaker Fly, his cheerful younger sister Stella, and their overweight, nerdy, cousin Chuck, who stumble across the laboratory of [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor MacKrill]]'s laboratory.an eccentric professor, named MacKrill]]. The professor, more than happy to have a audience to show off his WeirdScience inventions to, boasts to Fly and Chuck about his greatest discovery; the so-called "Fish Potion", which can transform people to sea creatures. Unfortunately, Stella, in an unattended moment, mistakes the potion for a drink, and takes a swig of it, to transforming her 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 plans to harness the power of the human intellect and use it to control the other fish.


-->'''Joe''': OF COURSE N-!

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-->'''Joe''': OF COURSE N-!NOT!
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The majority of the film takes place within 48 hours, according to Professor Krill.


* {{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.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Chuck is washed into Mac Krill's [=MacKrill'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.

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** Fly and Stella’s [[MeaningfulName names]] were also foreshadowing what kind of fish they were going to turn into. Fly’s was certainly more obvious, and the name Stella means “star”.


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* MeaningfulName: Fly and Stella’s names foreshadowed what kind of fish they were going to turn into.

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