August 30, 2009

A Fish Tale (2000/2006)

OKAY, A LITTLE BACKSTORY to set up this review…

1. My wife showed a Hello Kitty tribute video to my boys, featuring the song “Little Kitty” by Danish pop duo Creamy.
2. Dash really liked the song, so I tried to find the mp3. Turns out it’s from Creamy’s very rare album, which I found a link to on this blog.
3. The album also features “Help! I’m a Fish” – which was the theme to an animated kids’ film of the same name, released in Europe in 2000.
4. The movie was released in the U.S. in 2006 as A Fish Tale – and I found it on Half.com for $5.

Plot:
• Three children – adventurous Fly (Jeff Pace), his baby sister Stella (Michelle Westerson), and their brainiac cousin Chuck (Aaron Paul) – accidentally get turned into fish after drinking a potion made by an eccentric scientist (Monty Python’s Terry Jones).
• The kids end up in the sea, with one problem: They must find and drink the antidote within 48 hours, or remain as fish forever.
• However, the antidote has fallen into the hands (fins?) of a villainous bottom-feeder (Alan Rickman), who has big plans for the antidote, since it can turn fish into humans. Will the kids get the antidote in time?

Critique:
The first thing that caught my eye in A Fish Tale was the animation. It’s largely 2-D, with fluid motion that often reminded me of classic Disney films (seriously).
The movie is only 77 minutes long – a short yet near-perfect length to keep the attention of young viewers.
A Fish Tale does have its flaws. It jumps between scenes a bit abruptly at times, and while the 2-D animation is impressive, the film’s attempts at CGI animation for larger creatures and objects are lackluster, underdeveloped, and feel out of place.
• Don’t let the atrocious box art fool you; A Fish Tale was surprisingly entertaining. It’s a fun adventure and a nice detour from the animated movies that typically blanket the U.S. market.

Rating: 3 stars
(out of 5)

What did Dash think?
A Fish Tale isn’t huge on laughs, but it had Dash chuckling several times. He definitely enjoyed the movie.

Will your kids like it?
• While it’s no Finding Nemo or The Little Mermaid, your young kids should enjoy A Fish Tale (it’s a helluva lot better than Shark Tale, that’s for sure).
• There are a few scenes that may be too intense for preschoolers, including a school of menacing piranhas, a shark who munches on other fish characters, and a fish who “drowns” after turning human from drinking too much of the antidote.

Will your FilmMother like it?
While it’s far from a classic, A Fish Tale is a highly watchable movie. She should find it fun to watch with the kids, provided she doesn’t judge it too harshly against the other sea movies I mentioned above.

Trailer (as Help! I’m a Fish):


A Fish Tale
• Directors: Stefan Fjeldmark, Michael Hegner, Greg Manwaring
• Screenwriters: Tracy J. Brown, Stefan Fjeldmark, Karsten Kiilerich, John Stefan Olsen
• Stars: Alan Rickman, Terry Jones, David Bateson, Jeff Pace, Aaron Paul, Michelle Westerson
• MPAA Rating: G


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4 comments:

Jay Amabile said...

This is one of the best examples of why it's so rewarding to read blogs. Unlike magazines and other media that are controlled by advertisers and big businesses, blogs give us the ability to discover a film that might otherwise have plummeted into obscurity, and giving it some due credit. I'll have to recommend this one to my sister for my neice and nephew!

Keith said...

I actually think I watched this one time with some of my younger cousins who I was looking after.

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

I don't think I have ever heard of this one but the underwater animated movies are generally good. Nice review.

watch movie said...

Its very sweet and cute movie and has well written plot..I like cartoons and animated movies.I had good time watching this movie.Children surely like this movie and going to enjoy it.

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