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Help! I'm a Fish (Hilfe! Ich bin ein Fisch)

Help! I'm a Fish
Scene from "Help! I'm a Fish"

It is always the same: children simply won't obey their parents. But this time the outcome is a real adventure: It all begins when three children, out on a fishing expedition, take refuge from sudden floods in a mysterious house belonging to Professor Confusius. This well-meaning professor aims to save the world from over-population with his "fish-brew".

Little Stella drinks some of the mixture by mistake, and before anyone can do anything to help, she ends up as a starfish at the bottom of the deepest ocean. Her brother Fly then makes the professor turn him into a fish in order to rescue his little sister - and Chuck does the same, although he is more concerned with saving his own life.

Then there is nothing the children can do but set off to look for the professor's antidote - they have exactly 48 hours to find it. Unfortunately, right now the antidote is in the hands of the power-mad fish Joe and a simple-minded shark. The trio will need all their imagination and will have to exploit their different talents if they are ever to escape from this wondrous but alien world.
Genre Animation
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Directors Stefan Fjeldmark, Michael Hegner
Screenplay Stefan Fjeldmark, Karsten Killerich
Soren Hyldgaard
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Anders Mastrup, Russel Boland
Production Companies Munich Animation Film/Munich, AFilm/Copenhagen, Terra Glyph, Dublin, in co-production with EIV Entertainment/Hamburg
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2000
Awards First Prize - Animated Feature Chicago 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Eurimages
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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