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Frog Prints
Season: 1
Production code: 25b
Broadcast number: 25b
Written by:
Jeffrey Scott
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
January 21, 2000
Paired with
"Wheezie's Last Laugh"

Frog Prints is the second segment of the twenty-fifth episode of the first season of Dragon Tales.


Max finds a Unicroaker while on a rafting trip and names him Hoppy. He wants to take him home as a pet, but learns that doing so would make Hoppy homesick and miss his family very much.


Max and Emmy are getting ready for Quetzal’s rafting trip in Dragon Land. Max is struggling to put on his shoes. Emmy helps him to get his left sneaker on, but Max still hasn’t put on his other one. Emmy tells him he can put his other sneaker on when they get to Dragon Land.

Once the kids arrive, Quetzal starts to set the raft out on Dragoon Lagoon. Upon sailing, Cassie finds a flower from a Weeping Dragon Tree, which she gives to Emmy, who ties in her ponytail, and Ord finds a shell in the water that splashes him in the face. Max wants to find a souvenir too, and Quetzal assures him that they will find something for him. As they are sailing, Emmy spots what appears to be a frog with a unicorn horn. Quetzal clarifies that it’s actually a Unicroaker. The creature hops onto the raft and immediately takes a huge liking to Max. Max decides to name the creature Hoppy and begins to play with him.

Max has such a great time with his new friend, he decides he wants to take Hoppy back to the playroom and keep him as a pet. However, Quetzal doesn't think that it’s such a good idea, as taking Hoppy away from his home wouldn’t be right. He wouldn’t have the right food, a big lagoon to swim in and wouldn’t get to see his family. But Max is really desperate to keep Hoppy, which gives him an idea. Quetzal stops the raft and Max runs off.

Max gets an idea to make a new home for Hoppy, so he can always find him. With a bit of help from his friends, he makes a little cage out of cattails and places them in a mud puddle. However, Hoppy doesn’t seem to like to be cooped up in it, and the others still don’t think it’s a good idea. Max states that he can visit him all the time, but Emmy reminds him that he can’t on the days he has school or the weekends they visit their uncle Roberto.

Just then, the gang hears the sound of croaking, which appears to be Hoppy’s family. So Max (sadly and reluctantly) decides to take him back home, which the others are happy to hear. As they go to take Hoppy home, Max is feeling rather sad. Emmy and Cassie try to cheer him up by singing a song. They suddenly stop when they hear the croaking getting louder. Max is still a bit sad, but he then gets another idea once the pass a bush of Jingle Flowers. Max takes one of the flowers and ties it around Hoppy like a bell, so he can hear him whenever he comes to visit. However, like a bell, the flower is proven to be too heavy and makes it difficult for Hoppy to hop. So Max takes it off.

Finally, they arrive at a pond by a waterfall, where they find tons of Unicroakers. Max realizes that it’s now time for him to say goodbye, as hard as it is. But Quetzal assures him that now that Max knows where Hoppy lives, he can visit him wherever he wants. Max feels a little better, but still wishes he had something to take home with him to remember. Ord then pulls out a camera and takes a picture of Hoppy, his family and Max.

Max takes the picture back to the playroom and hangs it on the wall. Suddenly, the kids hear a croaking sound coming out of nowhere. Max thinks it might have been Hoppy, but Emmy reminds him that Hoppy is back where he belongs in Dragon Land. Max then looks down at his feet, revealing that he actually just stepped on Emmy’s old stuffed frog. She decides to give it to Max in the hopes that it would make him feel better. In the end, Max feels happy that he made a new friend, and that that friend of his is happy to be right where he belongs.



Frog Prints (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

  • Max: Bye, Hoppy.

Home Video release[]




  • As Max and Emmy are saying the rhyme to go to Dragon Land, Max’s eyebrows are missing.
  • When the kids head over to the raft, Max is seen hopping on one foot, as he still hadn’t put his other sneaker on. But by the time he gets to the raft, he appears to be wearing both his sneakers.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Moral: Even though you love a wild animal and want to take it home to keep as a pet, you must set it free. Wild animals are much happier in their home in the wild than cooped up in a small cage in someone's house.
  • Zak and Wheezie were absent in this episode.
  • This is the second episode in which Max and Emmy don't travel home on-screen saying "I wish, I wish, to use this rhyme, to go back home, until next time!" The first time they didn't do it was in "Knot a Problem."
  • This episode shares lots of similarities with season two's episode "Bye Bye Baby Birdie", except this episode focuses on Max and a Unicroaker.
  • Max and Emmy already had a pet turtle in the episode "Wheezie's Hairball." The turtle only appeared in "Wheezie's Hairball" though, and it's unknown what happened to it afterwards.