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I'm looking for an old film from British cinema where a young boy is getting chased and jumps into the Thames river which turns him into animation! The whole underwater world is animated like a cartoon.

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Any other details that may helo identification? When did you watch it? What is "old"? Any other plot details you might remember? –  Sonny Burnett Feb 9 at 18:11
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Is this black & white or color? –  iandotkelly Feb 9 at 18:58
    
No other details - I watched it I'm the 80s but it could be older. –  Ted Smitts Feb 9 at 20:47

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I'm pretty sure this is The Water Babies.

When a 12-year-old chimney sweep is wrongfully blamed for being a thief, he makes a run for it, he jumps into a violent river. There he encounters a civilization of anthropomorphic underwater creatures. Before he can return to the surface and clear his name, however, he must help rescue his new friends, the Water Babies, from their nemesis.

The trailer is on YouTube here.

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Tom you legend, well done chap. Water babies! What a classic. Much appreciated. –  Ted Smitts Feb 9 at 22:18

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