Not available on NetFlix #28
This film is a celebration of many, many things: The end of our “Not Available on NetFlix” alphabet, St. Patrick’s Day, the bizarre often unexplored world of vintage independent kiddie matinee films, and …my birthday!
This week’s feature:
“At the End of the Rainbow” (1965)
aka “The Princess and the Magic Frog”
DVDR/80 Mins/Color/Not Rated
I’ve said it before and don’t mind repeating: The world of Kiddie Matinee is some of the most unexplored territory for fans of the Incredibly Strange and Cult movies. Which is a good or a bad thing, depending on where you stand.
I may not be into smut/nudie cuties/vintage porn/excessive gore but bless Something Weird Video for unearthing such obscurities as “The Princess and the Magic Frog”. I sat on this film for years, thinking it was probably a semi-interesting but mostly a boring curiosity. BOY WAS I WRONG! While previewing this film last year, I had a complete blast, and couldn’t wait to share it this St. Patrick’s season with all of you.
This film has absolutely (nearly) NOTHING in common with “The Princess and the Frog” fairy tale, many are familiar with. Rather it’s a craptastic independent kiddie feature with boggles the mind with the odd creativity that takes place when you don’t have a budget. If you’re a fan of the “so bad it’s good”, or “so bad it’s hilarious and charming”, etc. Then this film is for you.
I love the microphone that you can see at the top of the screen during the desert genie scenes. The wizard looks completely satanic! And talking posts and trees are a welcome addition to any film. I can’t help but notice the magic words in this film are the same that are spoken in “The Magic Christmas Tree.” This film also has a very similar feel. If I had more time while typing this, I’d probably research the relation.
The following from kiddiematinee.com:
Plot Outline: Two kids play hooky from school and find a girl princess, a magic frog, a leprechaun, magic coins, talking trees, puppet people, an evil wizard, and eventually, a magic rainbow.
SYNOPSIS: On St. Patrick’s Day, Matthew O’Brien, a young boy, plays hooky from school by fishing at a nearby pond. He doesn’t catch any fish, but takes a little frog with him. On his way home, he gets lost in the woods, and stumbles upon a leprechaun, whose beard is caught in a log.
Matthew agrees to free the little man in exchange for his bag of golden magic coins. The leprechaun reluctantly agrees. Matthew tries the coins, but they don’t seem to work. The leprechaun explains that the magic coins will only work in service of others.
Matthew walks on, and encounters a strange sign post. Matthew tosses one of the magic coins, and the signpost suddenly comes to life and talks! It apologizes to Matthew for not being able to help the boy with his predicament.
Matthew walks into a forest of talking trees. The oldest tree tells Matthew to use a magic coin on his frog, to turn it back into the knight which he formerly was. The frog does, indeed, turn into a bumbling knight in shining armor, Sir Humphrey. The knight tells Matthew of the terrible wizard, and how he was turned into the frog. He then gathers a picnic basket of food for Matthew, from a “picnic basket bush!”
As Matthew eats, Sir Humphrey tells the sad story of how he was turned into a frog after trying to rescue the good Princess Cecilia from the evil Wizard. Just as he finishes the story, the Wizard materializes out of a puff of smoke! The wizard casts a spell, makes Matthew and Sir Humphrey disappear, and turns day into night!
Read this full review @ http://www.kiddiematinee.com/p-pmfrog.html
The following review is from Something Weird Video: