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A Slippery Tale [Pantoffelhelden] (2004)

A frog mistakes a slipper for a real female and is instantly smitten. As he attempts to woo her, they narrowly escape an attack from a stork. The slipper is swollen from the water, however, and splits open; the frog, horrified, realises his mistake. When the stork attacks again the frog takes cover in some nearby reeds. There he stumbles upon a real female frog. They hit it off and are shortly sailing off down the river, using the remaining slipper as a boat.

Classroom Activities

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Questions

  • Did you enjoy this film? Why or why not? What parts of the film were funny? What made them funny?

  • Who is the main character in the story? What is he like? What happens to him?

  • Which character interests you the most?

  • What can you tell about the characters from how they are portrayed (e.g. red lipstick and eyelashes; thin stork)?

  • The two female frogs look the same. How can we tell they are different frogs? What differences are there between the female frogs’ personalities?

  • Where do you think the story is set? What images and sounds give the clues to the environment?

  • Why is the story set in this particular place?

Watching

  • Use the freeze frame technique to find examples of zooming, panning and tracking. Why does the camera perform this movement? What does it draw your eye to?

  • Freeze-frame on the first scene: what can you see in the frame that helps set the scene?

  • Look for examples of when the camera is still. What shots can you see, what are they used for? Why do certain shot types follow each other? Do we see characters’ points of view?

  • Cover the screen and play the sound without pictures: could you have guessed what was happening? What natural (diegetic) sounds can you hear? What sounds (non-diegetic) do you think might have been added to the film in the editing stage? How many different sounds do you hear? What are they? Are there any moments of silence, and do they have a purpose? If you added your own voice-over to the film what would you say?

  • Using freeze frame and shots in sequence to guide your pupils, ask them to note or draw any cuts and camera angles that build up danger or conflict.

  • Show the chase scene: how is tension built up by the editing and sound?

Analysing

  • Use a simple storyboard (or PowerPoint file with still images from the film) to highlight the main events of the film. Write captions on the storyboard describing the main events of the film.

  • Encourage pupils to retell the story orally. Talk about the frogs. How many are there? What is each of them like? What was wrong with the first ‘lady frog’?

  • Write a character profile of the stork.

  • Give pupils a selection of stills from the film and encourage them to write speech bubbles/thought bubbles: what are the frogs saying/thinking to each other? Use stills from different parts of the film. (Lots of opportunities here for paired talk.)

  • Discuss feelings: happy, sad etc. Have a class discussion about what the pupils love most. What would they do for someone they cared about?

Creative

  • Create a large group painting or collage of the film's setting. Ask your pupils to identify the colours they need to use, and think about textures that evoke the river, the riverbank, the garden. What else might be around the house that we don't see in the film?

  • Create an aerial map of the settings in the film. How close or far away are the different places?

  • Draw large images of the characters and add speech bubbles to express the characters' thoughts

  • Play at moving like the frogs.

  • In the science classroom, investigate the life of frogs and storks. Where do they live and what do they eat?

  • Take a class trip to a nearby park or pond: go on a mini-beast hunt.

  • Create a poster advertising the male frog’s search a wife. What would she need to have? Use images from the film and label them. (Long eyelashes? Big red lips?)

Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-013-C
Resource Rights Holder Filmproduktion
Project Ref STST2-02
Year of Production 2004
Genre Comedy, Romance
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Sciences, Health and Wellbeing, Social studies
Who Susanne Seidel (Director, Animator)
Country of Origin Germany
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Misconception, Love, Danger, Mistaken identity
Clip Length 07:00