The Frogs Who Wanted a King

1922, Władysław Starewicz

Posted by John Martz, November 03, 2020

The citizens of Frogland pray to Jupiter to deliver unto them a king in this delightful stop motion adaptation of the Aesop fable. Jupiter answers the frogs' prayer, but the new king is a lifeless old stump—a literal stick in the mud. The frogs demand a more lively replacement, which comes in the form of a stork, which commences to swallowing them all up.

The moral: given the choice between two kings, choose the boring old log instead of the one that's actively trying to kill you.