Synopsis: A tiny kingdom of frogs is panicked after their scout sights an Ox near their pond. The arrogant Frog King scoffs at the threat, claiming the God Zeus has granted him the skills needed to protect his subjects. Soon after, while attempting to puff himself to the size of an Ox, the King explodes, leaving his subjects defenseless. Terrified, the remaining frogs petition Zeus to give them a new king. Amused by the frightened beings, Zeus delivers a new sovereign in the form of a huge rotten log. At first the frogs are overjoyed at having such a hulking King to hide behind, but in time they realize the log is inanimate and harmless.
Angrily, the frogs petition Zeus for a better King, a strong King to properly rule them. Soon Zeus, annoyed by the frog's lack of gratitude and wisdom grants their wish; he makes a stork the new King of the Frogs, and the stork quickly devours the whole kingdom.
The Frog and the Ox & the Frogs that Desired a King
Opening shot of a meadow and marsh stretching out to under clouded sky.
There was once a Kingdom of Frogs remote enough that none of it's creatures had ever seen a farmer or a beast of burden. Until one day...
Shot of a gargantuan Ox head looming over a terrified grouping of frogs. The small lot scrambles and dives over one another attempting to flee.
Cut to a shot of the hulking FROG KING wearing a crown, perched on a stone and surrounded below by smaller frogs on flowered lily pads. The subservient frogs are lashing out their tongues and batting flies into the yawning mouth of the KING. The tranquillity is broken by the panicked approach of one of the frogs from the opening.]
Such a torrent underling! What's the trouble??
Your Majesty! To the East! A woolly titan looms!!!
By Zeus! Calm yourself crier! Have you forgotten you're under my care?
But My Sovereign! The beast was far larger than you!!!
Rest easy little one, our God Zeus hath bestowed me with great potential! Watch as balloon!
The frog king puffs up his throat, going "Ribbit Ribbit" as he expands. Other frogs looking on applaud.
Aha! All too easy.
Master, to be sure the monster was much larger.
Not a problem!
The King sucks in even more air, becoming twice his normal size. The onlookers cheer and do back-flips approvingly.
Surely this is... enough to frighten your beast... What say you NOW?
NO! NO! Much bigger still! TEN TIMES THAT AT LEAST!!
Then larger we will go!
The King swells to enormous size, his skin stretches to a fine membrane.
ZEUS... AID.. MMME....
The King attempts one last breath...
BOOM!!! He explodes. Sparks, star-shapes and guts rain down on the swamp.
OH MY! What a turn! We'll surely be stomped out now. Zeus help us!
No sooner than this is said, Zeus makes an appearance. The clouds in the sky twist into a cottony beard, and from the beard the face of Zeus surfaces looking wild-eyed. Atop his head sits a crown of lightening bolts.
What troubles you my luscious babes?
Our King has exploded, oh Thunderous one! At a time of bad peril! Can thou offer new protection??!