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Help! I Shrunk The Family/The Amazing Wiplala

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Help! I Shrunk The Family/The Amazing Wiplala
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"Help! I'm stuck in this bland and crappy movie!"
Genre: Adventure
Directed By: Tim Oliehoek
Produced By: Burny Bos
Written By: Tamara Bos
Based On: Wiplala by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Starring: Geza Weisz
Sasha Mylanus
Kee Ketelaar
Peter Paul Muller
Marjan Luif
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Rolf Dekens
Distributed By: Paradiso Filmed Entertainment Nederland
Release Date: 19, November 2014 (Netherlands)
24, May 2016 (USA)
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: The Netherlands
Language: Dutch
Box Office: €1.8 million ($2.1 million)

Wiplala (Also known as The Amazing Wiplala and Help! I Shrunk The Family in English) is a Dutch film released in 2014 and was directed by Tim Oliehoek, it is based on the children's book Wiplala, which was written by Annie MG Schmidt.


One evening, young Johannes finds a tiny man named Wiplala in the kitchen cupboard. Johannes is thrilled to have a new friend until the mysterious miniature man accidentally uses a spell that shrinks the entire family.

Why It Sucks

  1. To start off the list, it (at least the US and UK versions) is obviously trying to cash in on the success of the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise, as it has an extremely similar name which could make people believe this movie is another entry in the series when it isn't.
    • Not to mention this is false advertising because of 2 reasons:
      1. Johannes isn't the one who shrinks the family it's actually Wiplala who shrinks the family.
      2. On the "Help! I Shrunk The Family" poster, Johannes is shown to be his normal size while everyone else is small, but in the movie, he's shrunk with the rest of the family.
  2. There are some inaccuracies to the book it's based on.
    • The book is set in the 1950s, while in the movie, it's set in the present day.
    • In the book father Blom is a writer and there is no mention of a mother, but in the movie, Blom is a teacher and the mother is said to have passed away.
    • In the book they are locked up in the restaurant because the father cannot pay the bill, but in the movie, it's because they didn't like the meal and had started eating a hot dog and sushi at the table.
    • In the book they are once again tinkered with two old ladies on a canal, but this isn't what happened in the film.
    • In the book, Hollidee's statue would be unveiled by the minister, this isn't the case in the movie.
  3. Bland acting and the English version make it even worse, as many of the actors give generic performances.
  4. Dull color palette, everything looks very gray or dark blueish at many points.
  5. Many of the scenes are boring, bland, and predictable.
  6. Despite the "Woah, the characters are shrunk!" thing being shoved in your face it doesn't take until the 34-minute mark (of a 96-minute movie) that the family characters are actually shrunk.
  7. There's a ridiculous scene where the restaurant locks away the main character who is (its paying customers) in a room and called the police just because those customers who had paid for the meal they didn't like, had started eating a hot dog and sushi at the table, the film probably tried to make this funny but ends up just being stupid in the end.
  8. Generic editing and unimpressive effects.
  9. Many of the characters are pretty uninteresting and bland.
    • The kids (Johannes & Nella Della) don't act like real children nor have any personality, like in one scene, where Wiplala turns a pizza into a rather disgusting looking piece of food, he just eats it with no question, a real child or a character with personality would first question the food's taste not just eat it.
  10. The plot isn't very original, as it uses the whole "young child meets and befriends an extraterrestrial visitor" shtick that was started by E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The characters are likable, despite being uninteresting and bland.
  2. Some funny moments here and there.



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