THE ROBBER HOTZENPLOTZLong, long ago in a small town in southern Germany. Kasperl lives with his grandmother and his friend, Seppel. Life would be so wonderful if that mean robber Hotzenplotz hadnt stolen grandmothers new coffee mill and if Constable Dimpfelmoser wasnt such a nincompoop. For this reason, Kasperl and Seppel find themselves obliged to take the matter in hand. A trick enables them to track down the peregrinating villain to his hideout. But Hotzenplotz overpowers them. The crook cant seem to tell Kasperl from Seppel, but this doesnt help them one bit right now. The duo are well and truly Hotzenplotz prisoners and he has got big plans for Seppel, who is really Kasperl. For two sacks of nose-comfort snuff, he sells his prisoner to the big, bad, potato-addicted magician, Petrosilius Zwackelmann, who is in desperate need of a conscientious but simple-minded slave to peel his potatoes.
Kasperl soon realises that he isnt the only prisoner in Zwackelmanns castle. In the cellar he comes across a slimy toad bemoaning its fate. In reality the toad is none other than the lovely fairy Amaryllis, whom Zwackelmann has cursed. Kasperl and the fairy succeed in outwitting Zwackelmann and capturing Hotzenplotz. But the thief manages to escape, and this soon brings certified clairvoyant Portiunkula Schlotterbeck and her secret admirer Dimpfelmoser on the scene