[Title screen: Frog Brothers with Kerry Neill]
[An Aboriginal man plays didgeridoo and clap sticks, sitting next to his shelter and fire]
Goombuckar and Bubbelacom.
You see this story was told to me long, long ago and I’ve changed it just a little.
I’ve change it just enough so we can tell not only the people that are right here today but you may tell it to your friends and your brothers and your families.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they were two frogs. They were very small frogs, they were only young frogs, they were only baby frogs.And Goombuckar and Bubbelacom lived not far from here in a billabong. This billabong was so, so big and so, so beautiful and so, so lovely that there were trees all the way up to the sky. The blue gum trees, the red gum trees, the swamp mahogany trees, the lilly pilly trees, they all lived together in harmony.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they played with all their friends. They played all different types of games. They played leap-frog, and they played hide and go seek, they played tiggy, the played with the emus, they played with the goannas and they played with the dingos.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom were very, very lucky. And Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they lived here with their friends and their family. You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom, they climbed all the way to the top of the trees,the top of the blue gum trees, that were so, so high in the sky, that were so,so high that when they climbed up their hearts started to beat and their bellies became excited. They had a feeling of adrenalin, they had a feeling of excitement, of living of life itself and when they jumped they would count to three. One, two, three and then they would jump [whistling sound to splashing sound] and they would get out of the water with so much excitement. “Whoo!Whoo! This is awesome!” they would say.
Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they were so, so clever, they were so, so smart, when they went to school they were so smart they could spell ‘supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus’. They were so, so clever, that they could times 150 times 1000 divided by 42 times 152 million and they would know the answer. They were so, so clever and so, so awesome. But you know what? Something started to happen.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they started to grow. They started to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger each day and as they grew, the games that they played just didn’t give them much satisfaction. The same feelings that they had when they climbed the blue gum trees all the way to the top and when they jumped [splash sound], just didn’t give them the same amount of joy. Didn’t give them the same feelings, the excitement, the adrenalin, the rush was gone.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom, the truth is, they started to get bored.
So one day Goombuckar and Bubbelacom were sitting back and they were laying back at school and they were listening and next minute, next minute, they heard something. They heard something out of the corner of their ear and it sounded like a whisper.
[Whispering sound] It sounded like, it sounded like people were talking [whispering sound] it sounded like people were, people were laughing, people were joking, people were talking about a magical place and then they heard it for the very first time. They heard the goannas were talking about the mighty Maroochydore River, the river that was fast flowing with rapids, with huge boulders that if you climbed all the way to the top you could jump and it was the most magical place of all. It was a fantastic place, it was a beautiful place.
Goombuckar and Bubbelacom were so, so excited. So they said to themselves let’s go, let’s go, let’s go Goombuckar and Goombuckar would say to his brother let’s go and ask our father. Come on, come on, let’s go!
So they ran up to their father and they ran up to their father and they said “Hey dad, hey dad, hey dad, can we go to the river? Can we go to the river?” And their father looked at them and said “NO! You must never go to the river because it is the home of Jindarnoo and Jindarnoo is the great snake with teeth 6 feet long and poison drips from those teeth and if you go there he will catch you and he will eat you.”
So Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they promised and but they did what you or I would do and they went up to their mother, they went to their mum. And so they went up to their mum and they said “Hey mum, hey mum, hey mum,can we go down to the river? Can we go to the river?” And their mother turns around and she says “[screams] NO! You must never go to the river because it is the home of Jindarnoo and Jindarnoo is the great snake with teeth 6 foot long and poison drips from the ends of those teeth and if you go there he will catch you and he will eat you.”
So Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they promised and they promised and they looked at their mum and said ok we won’t go.
But the truth is, as the days and the weeks went by Goombuckar and Bubbelacom were bored. They were so, so bored with the life they were living.They thought that it wasn’t exciting, they thought that it wasn’t fun.
You see Goombuckar and Bubbelacom were at home one day and they were talking about the mighty Maroochydore River, the river that was fast and flowing, with boulders so, so huge and so, so tall that you could jump. And Bubbelacom said to his brother “Man, I wish we could go to that river. I wish we could go to that river because I would love to jump on those boulders.” But Bubbelacom said to him “What about Jindarnoo? Jindarnoo is there with his teeth 6 foot long and poison drips from them dad says. If we go there he will catch us and he will eat us.”
But his brother said “Hang on, hang on, that snake, that story is so, so old, the goannas told me that their grandparents told them that story. The emus said that their grandparents told them that story and the goannas said that their great grandparents told them that story. Man, by my reckoning, that snake must be so, so old, he couldn’t catch us. He’s so, so old, mate, he can’t even run fast at all. We can jump on one side of the billabong and hold our breath all the way to the other side and back. Man, that snake, that silly old snake he can’t catch us. Let’s go to the river.”
[Heart beating sound] Boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, and something started to happen. Their hearts started to beat and the adrenalin that came from their bellies started to ooze through their bodies. [Gasp] And that feeling was back.
“What do you reckon Goombuckar?” says Bubbelacom. “Do you think, do you think we could go?”
“Yes, let’s go to the river but don’t tell anybody because our father might catch us and he will punish us. So we cannot tell anybody.”
“Shoosh!” says Bubbelacom.
So the next morning they woke up. They woke up so, so early.So, so early that the sun wasn’t even awake yet and they started to walk. They started to walk and they started to walk and they started to walk and they climbed, and they climbed, and they climbed until they saw it for the very first time. And it was true, the Maroochydore River is beautiful. The Maroochydore River is fantastic. It is a fantastic river that rapids come down in the wet and there are boulders that are so, so huge.
And Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they were so, so excited that they started to run and they ran, and they ran, and they ran, they ran and they looked up at the boulder and they started to climb up to the top of the boulder and they looked down into the water and they were like “Ah man, I’m not sure if we should jump”. It was so, so high that they started to get scared and Goombuckar says to his brother, “You go first, you go first.” And Bubbelacom says “Nah man, nah man, I’m not sure if I can go.”
“Alright, come on we’ll go, hold my hand, hold my hand.”
“I’m not holding your hand!” he says.
“Mate, alright. On the count of three, let’s go. One, two, three!”
“I thought you said you were going to go brother, I thought you said you were going to go?”
“Ok, wait, wait, wait.”
“[Takes a deep breath] Ok, are you sure you are going to go?”
“Yes, we’re going to go. On the count of three. One, two,three.”
[Whistling sound to splashing sound]
And Goombuckar and Bubbelacom they sung out “Whoo! This is a fantastic place, we love this place!”
And they played, and they played, and they played all day.
You see they were swimming down the rapids and jumping off the boulders, they even climbed the trees.
They were having such a good day. That about lunch time they decided to get out.
And they climbed out of the water and they laid down on the beach and they said “Man, this place is an awesome place, I can’t wait to tell the emus about this place. This place is a fantastic place, I can’t wait to tell the kookaburras. We could have a BBQ, we could have…we…” [sound in trees prompts man to pause and look around]
“We could have a fantastic time down here, we could bring all of our friends, it would be a… it would be…” [pauses to look around again]
“It would be a fantastic time, it would be an awesome time, we could even bring our family [gasp] what’s that?” said Bubbelacom.
And Goombuckar heard it for the very first time.
“Psst, psst,psst, psst, psst, psst.”
And Jindarnoo lifted his head from out of the grass and he looked at the brothers and he said “Are you the Frog Brothers from across the way?”
And Goombuckar and Bubbelacom and they looked up and said “[scream]Yes, we are!”
And Jindarnoo said “Didn’t your parents tell you about me?”
And they said “[scream] Yes, they said you would eat us.”
And he said they were right.
Jindarnoo struck out with his great teeth and he bit Bubbelacom.
And Bubbelacom was stuck, he was stuck in the great snake Jindarnoo.
And Bubbelacom sung out to his brother, “Run! Run Goombuckar! Run! Run Goombuckar, run!”
So Goombuckar ran, and he ran and he ran. And he ran all the way home until he got home and then he crawled underneath his bed and he started to cry. And as he was crying his mum came into the room and said “Why you crying? Why you crying?”
And he looked at his mother and said “We both went to the river but only I came home.”
You see boys and girls and ladies and gentleman, there are many snakes on the rivers of life. We must be careful. We must listen to our grandparents, we must listen to our foster parents and we must listen to our parents. Maybe, we should even listen to our teachers because I promise that they are a lot smarter than what we think.