[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/brementown/index.html "The Bremen Town Musicians"]] is a German folk story about a group of animals who decide to run away and form a musical troupe. Unfortunately, although they don't realize it, their singing is beyond awful, and their first "concert" scares away its audience: a group of robbers stationed in a cottage. The animals settle into the cottage, and when the robbers return by night, again repel them, mostly because of the robbers' own superstitious fears. The animals decide to remain at the cottage, and live happily ever after.

The story is short and lighthearted, more a folktale than a FairyTale. It was collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm and included in their ''Children's and Household Tales''. Although it has not achieved the prominence of some of their other stories, it remains a fairly popular and easily adaptable story for children.

'''Famous adaptations of this story'''
* The Soviet animated musical ''Animation/TownMusiciansOfBremen''.
* Creator/JimHenson's ''Film/TheMuppetMusiciansOfBremen''
* The German animated movie ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour''.
* The Spanish animated film and TV series ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos''.
* Creator/CartoonNetwork has also produced a number of shorts called "Wedgies"; one of these is ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience'', a GarageBand which includes FunnyAnimal versions of the same animals from the original folktale: a rooster, a cat, a dog, and a donkey.
* Alluded to in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' by the Bremen's Mask, which is used to play a flute that makes animals follow Link.
* There is also a manga called ''{{Bremen}}'', which is about a rock group in Japan who name themselves from this story. A small allusion to the animal motifs exist in the manga.
!!"The Bremen Town Musicians" contains the following tropes:
* AccidentalHero: The whole band never realizes they're up against "bad guys"; they repel them more or less by accident.
* BigBad: The unnamed leader of the robbers our musicians repel.
* CluckingFunny: The rooster.
* CoolCat
* CuteButCacophonic: Which is about what you'd expect, given that they're a mismatched group of animals trying to "sing".
* DreadfulMusician: Considering that the musicians' only performance convinces the audience (of robbers) that they're DemonLordsAndArchdevils, they presumably qualify.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: And they decide to start a band.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: The "Bremen Town Musicians" go with that band name even though [[spoiler:they never make it to Bremen]].
* HappilyEverAfter
* HaveAGayOldTime: Ah, the classic story about the ass, the bitch, the pussy, and the cock....
* HeroicDog
* HomeSweetHome: In the end, the animals decide not to go to Bremen after all, opting to stay at the cottage instead.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The lone robber gets his butt thrashed hard by the animals, who jump him for trespassing.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: For most people this story is the first thing they think of whenever they hear the name of the town ''Bremen''. People outside Germany may even be surprised that the city really exists.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* TheRunaway: All four main characters.
* StubbornMule
* TalkingAnimal: Well, they talk to each other. But probably not to people.
* UngratefulBastard: The reason why the animals all run away is because their asshole owners planned to kill them now that they're old and no longer able to do their jobs.