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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Alan Rickman
Terry Jones
Teryl Rothery.
Directors
Michael Hegner
Stefan Fjeldmark.
Screenwriters
Karsten Kulerich.
Running Time
78 minutes

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Help I'm a Fish
Lacking in originality, but younger viewers may enjoy it.


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Plot
Three Danish children are transformed into fish.


Review
In these times when computer animation is more real than the hand in front of your face, traditional hand-drawn cartoons have to try twice as hard to get noticed. In the animation stakes, this story of a trio of children transformed into fish makes up for its flat animation with some elegantly sinister design.

An undersea city is particularly stunning and contains flashes of brilliance in its detail. Sadly, it's very much a case of style over content; the script lacks the wit and sophistication that even child audiences expect these days. Devoting more time to delivering meaningful messages than to driving the story makes it difficult to connect with the characters. Younger children may enjoy it, but it lacks the originality necessary with the wealth of superior animated films out there.


Verdict
Despite a flourish or two in the design, this really doesn't bring a lot to the table, given the current level of competition in the animated film stakes.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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