Children & Media Project. Chris Abele, Joe Schulte, Bill McLaughlin. Thesis. Fairy tales today teach children morals in the same way that stories long ago did, through fun characters and wacky adventures. . The Ox and the Frog.
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Chris Abele, Joe Schulte, Bill McLaughlin
A young frog set out on his first adventure. As he came out of the pond he saw a large ox grazing in a field. Having never before seen such a creature, he hopped excitedly to his father, the bullfrog, and said, "I have just seen the biggest frog in the world!
"Humph!" said the bullfrog, "Was he as big as me?" and he puffed himself up.
"Oh, much bigger than that!" said the little frog.
"Was he THIS big," said the bullfrog, puffing himself up even larger.
"Much, much bigger than you!" said the little frog.
"Ridiculous!" said the bullfrog, who fancied himself much more important than he was. "He couldn't be bigger than me! I'm the oldest frog in the pond. I was here first! Was he bigger than THIS?"
He puffed and puffed himself up so much...he burst!
Woe is me!" a poor woodcutter cried when he dropped his ax into a deep pond. A friendly water spirit appeared before him with a silver ax and asked, "Is this yours?"
"No," the woodcutter said.
The spirit returned with a golden ax.
"Is this yours?" she asked.
"No," said the woodcutter.
Then the spirit appeared with his plain wooden ax.
"That one is mine!" said the woodcutter happily.
"You've been so honest," said the spirit, "take the gold and silver ax too!"
On the way home the woodcutter met a rich merchant. When the merchant heard the woodcutter's tale, he ran to the pond and dropped HIS wooden ax in.
"Woe is me!" he cried.
The spirit appeared with a silver ax.
"That one is mine!" the merchant said quickly.
"You know it is not," said the spirit, and disappeared.
The rich man's wooden ax stayed on the bottom of the deep pond.
When a green ogre called Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out, with a very loud donkey by his side, to 'persuade' Farquaad to give his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is waiting for her one true love. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek like Fiona, but Fiona is keeping something secret.
Shrek is a big ogre who lives alone in the woods, feared by all the people in the land of Duloc. When Lord Farquaad, the ruler of Duloc, exiles all the fairy-tale beings to the woods, Shrek loses his peaceful life and his home becomes a refugee camp. So he sets out to find Lord Farquaad and convince him to take the fairy-tale beings back where they belong, and leave him alone. Lord Farquaad accepts, under one condition. Shrek must first go and find the beautiful young princess Fiona, who will become Farquaad's bride. So the big Ogre begins his quest, along with his newfound donkey friend...
In a faraway land called Duloc, a heartless ruler, the diminutive Lord Farquaad, has banished all the fairy tale beings from the land so it can be as boring as he is. But there are three characters who will stand in his way. The first is a green, smelly ogre with a heart of gold named Shrek, his faithful steed, Donkey, who will do anything but shut up, and the beautiful but tough Princess Fiona whom Lord Farquaad wishes to make his wife so he can become king of Duloc. What's to do in a screwy fairy tale like this?