A Fish Tale (Help! I'm a Fish)

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Animated sea adventure with kid heroes, music, mild scares.

G 2001 77 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 5+

A fish!

Not much reviews here, but it´s also an Danish cartoon that got some fame in USA by Yotube reviewers a decade later. Do not let the cover fool you as it will be intense with a good home cinema. In consumerism the soundtrack with many Danish famous pop stars like Olsen Brothers that won Eurovision 2000, and in movie an old laptop.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

Surprisingly smart

For a film that critics often say won't appeal that much to older viewers, this film is quite well-written a lot of the time. True, some things are a tad eyeroll-worthy, such as Chuck constantly being the butt of every joke and Fly somehow having an idea for every situation, but even so, I do recommend this. The songs are fine, though not great, save for one that I hold in very high regard. The animations are good, but the occasional CGI does clash a bit with the hand-drawn stuff. One thing I really admire about this film is some of the risks it takes without even seeming to know it's taking them. First of all, six characters, one of which is actually a pretty important character, are eaten by Shark and the film doesn't even treat this like a big deal. There's a scene where the crab general claws Fly thus leading to a bit of blood flying out of him while his skin turns pale. I was shocked when I saw this scene and I can't help but applaud the movie for adding something so dark during its climax. (Oh, and his skin actually remains pale for more than 10 minutes. So much realism!) Speaking of which, the final confrontation between Fly and Joe, especially the way Fly beats him, is absolutely and utterly brilliant. Seriously, this is pure genius and it makes Fly a very well realized character. I actually recommend checking this out, though ignore the North American box art. It's terrible and misleading and, yeah, just pretend it's not there if you rent this one.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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