Willi and the Wonder Toad

Documentary film Willi and the Wonder Toad

Willi has made many journeys, but hardly one with such a dazzling destination. He wants to immerse himself in the multifaceted, colorful and amazing world of amphibians, a world in which there are frogs that are brightly coloured or transparent, those that can fly, give a sign to their fellow species, raise their young in their mouths, or produce the sun cream with which they then rub themselves.

His 9-year-old neighbour Luna and her grandmother, a mysterious old lady and amphibian scientist, instigated him on this journey. In her office in the Natural History Museum, which is filled with old folios and stuffed animals, he also read about the wonder toad Bufo Magicus, who is ancient and wise, who can change shape and predict the future, an animal that somehow resembles Luna’s grandmother, or not…

Admittedly: The Wonder Toad doesn’t exist. It is part of the fiction that drives the world explorer Willi Weitzel into this adventure. Willi, on the other hand, is real, the children know and love him, a questioner and tester, just as real as the places, animals and some of the people he will meet on this journey.

The film is part of the cross-media project Frogs & Friends, which has already started and is being continuously expanded in cooperation with international zoos.

Work in Progress


Directed by: Dominik Wessely
Written by: Oliver Keidel & Kai Rönnau

In collaboration with: Thomas Tielsch und Dominik Wessely
Funded by:
MFG Baden-Württemberg
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein