Kikkerdril – Frogs & Toads

Kikkerdril - Frogs & Toads

Kikkerdril – Frogs & Toads

Simone van Dusseldorp

Film Education

Max‘s big brother Jannus is in hospital following an operation on his tonsils. Jealous that Max is free to go to Grandma‘s, he lets it be known that only frog spawn can help him get his voice back. Max is a bit surprised at this but reckons that Jannus must know – after all, he‘s older. And of course he wants to help. So he sets off out of town into the country side. On the way, he gets to know young Jesse and persuades her to join him since his Grandma takes care of sick animals and Jesse likes to play nurse. The two have to overcome many an obstacle but with lots of fantasy and perseverance – onward through meadows and fields with all sorts of creepy crawlies and animals wild and tame – they eventually land in Grandma‘s kitchen safe and sound. Not only that: they also find a jam-jar of frog spawn for Jannus. At the same time, Max learns that girls can be good friends as well, even if they do like pink!
Thanks to its detailed nature observations, its episodic narrative style, lots of music and a camera perspective operating at child‘s eye level, this is a film wonderfully suited for first-time cinema experience. The original music soundtrack underpins Max and Jesse‘s joys and shocks of discovery as in a way that children will find very enjoyable.

Awards for ›Kikkerdril‹
Ludi Award, Publikumspreis Bester Film, Internationales Kinderfilm Festival Kristiansand 2009 | Bester Spielfilm, Divercine, Montevideo 2009 | Best Film in the Section Children of Heaven, Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2009 | Preis der Jury, Nueva Mirada, Buenos Aires 2009 | Hauptpreis der Stadt Chemnitz, Schlingel Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum, Chemnitz 2009 | Silver Statue, Tehran Roshd International Educational Film Festival 2009

Director / Script

Simone van Dusseldorp


Daniël Bouquet


Wouter Jansen


Kees de Groot


Beppe Costa, Johan Hoogeboom, Fay Lovsky, Arend Niks und andere


Nino den Brave, Whitney Franker, Juul Vrijdag, Georgina Verbaan, Remko Vrijdag, Quintis Risti, Thijs Goedknegt


Lemming Film


Lemming Film

Simone van Dusseldorp

Born in 1967 in Tilburg, Netherlands, Simone van Dusseldorp studied Photography at the Dutch Academy of Art and Design St Joost, Audiovisual Communication at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and finally Directing at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her graduation film Waterlanders won first prize at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Van Dusseldorp directed various different TV productions before making her debut feature film in 2005, Deep. In addition to numerous short films, she directed another adventure feature film for young audiences, Frogs & Toads (2009) as well as the family drama Secret Letter (2010). Owls & Mice opened last year’s Amsterdam children’s film festival, Cinekid.

Films by Simone van Dusseldorp (Selection)
Het leven volgens Nino (Life According to Nino) 2014 | Briefgeheim (Secret Letter) 2010 | Kikkerdril (Frösche & Kröten / Frogs & Toads) 2009 | Diep (Deep) 2005 | Waterlanders 1994