Hilfe, ich hab meine Lehrerin geschrumpft

Based on the children’s book by Sabine Ludwig, Hilfe, ich hab meine Lehrerin geschrumpft (“Help, I Shrunk My Teacher”) is a German film that will be released (in Germany) in December 2015. I haven’t read the book, but judging from trailer, Felix is your typical truculent 12-year-old schoolboy targeted by the stern school director Dr. Schmitt-Gössenwein. Of course, when the director catches Felix snooping around the disused wing of the school after hours, the school ghost (oh yeah) decides to magically reduce the director to six inches in height. There appears to be some sort of plot against the school that only Felix and the shrunken director (working together as a team!) can thwart. So Felix takes the director home with him, shows her to his friend Ella, and the director comes in for all sorts of tiny peril.

Almost all the giant-tiny interaction appears to be with minors, so it’s probably all SFW, although Felix has to wash the director’s tiny clothes, and there’s at least one gag with the shrunken woman trying to pee underneath Felix’s dad’s bonsai tree. All the handheld shots look really well done, making one just a little frustrated that all the good handheld interaction seems to be reserved for kids’ movies (I’m looking at you, Ant-Man; Indian in the Cupboard was 20 years ago, and you couldn’t get tiny Scott on Hope’s fingertip?).

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