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Froschkönig (1988)

Fairytale in which a princess fails to keep her promises and is taught a lesson.


Walter Beck


Walter Beck, Brigitte Bernert (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Jana Mattukat Jana Mattukat ... Henriette
Jens-Uwe Bogadtke Jens-Uwe Bogadtke ... Froschkönig
Peter Sodann Peter Sodann ... König / Vater
Franziska Glöss-Ebermann Franziska Glöss-Ebermann ... Florentine (as Franziska Glöse-Ebermann)
Susanne Lüning ... Geraldine
Thomas Wolff Thomas Wolff ... Askold
Pedro Hebenstreit Pedro Hebenstreit ... Barnarbas
Dieter Wien Dieter Wien ... Carbinian
Günter Schubert Günter Schubert ... Dagobert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerd Blahuschek Gerd Blahuschek ... Feuer (voice)
Gunter Friedrich Gunter Friedrich ... 1. Reiter
Janina Hartwig Janina Hartwig ... Wasser (voice)
Gunnar Helm Gunnar Helm ... 3. Reiter
Jürgen Hölzel Jürgen Hölzel ... 4. Reiter
Carl-Martin Spengler Carl-Martin Spengler ... Wind (voice)


Henriette is a princess; she is playing with her ball, but drops it into a well. A talking frog replaces it with a golden ball, on condition that he can eat and drink with her, and rest in her bed. She accepts, but then is repelled at the thought of the frog eating and drinking with her, etc, but her Father makes her do so. In her bedroom, the frog turns into a handsome prince, and she falls in love with him, but he leaves immediately becasue of her broken promises. She pines and eventually seeks him out, braving various tests of her truthfulness in the process. Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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Fantasy | Romance




East Germany



Release Date:

August 1989 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Frog Prince See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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16 August 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Irresistible and appealing Jana Mattakut (as Princess Henriette) carries this East-German children's film, another good example of the high standards of the genre as it was produced by the DEFA. There are nice special effects when she meets natural phenomena like water, wind and fire. And I could not get enough of the castle of the Frog King that is designed in a "M.C. Escher like" style with its bridges and numerous stairways that go up and down and never seem to lead anywhere.

Recommended for people of every age. And remember: never throw a frog against a wall!

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