A soviet animated musical made in 1969. Based on the story of "The Bremen Town Musicians
It had one, direct sequel "On the trail of the Bremen Town Musicians" made by the same creative group, and the other one was made in 2000.
Orginal short and it's sequel are available on Youtube with english (rhymed) subtitles:
This short provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion
- Anachronism Stew: The architecture is Medieval, the royal court looks like something from The Three Musketeers, and the heroes' fashions are straight from The Sixties!
- Bound and Gagged: The King.
- Dirty Coward: King's guards
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The outlaws.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal / Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Depending on the scene and the animal. For example, the Rooster only wears sunglasses and the Cat sports naught but a bow tie, while the Donkey is wearing jeans and a hat.
- He Also Did: shorts' script-writer, Vasily Livanov, is much more famous for being Sherlock Holmes in russian adaptation. Apart from writing he also directed the number of cartoons (including the sequel to this very short), and had a huge voice-acting carreer due to his distinctive hoarse voice.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: leader of the outlaws
- Love at First Sight: Princess and Troubadour.
- Match Cut: moon turns into outlaws' sign
- Miles Gloriosus: King's guards.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- The outlaw trio are desinged after Comic Trio of Nikulin, Vitsin and Morgunov who had series of popular slapstick comedies.
- The king is modeled after Erast Garin's performance as king in "Cinderella" (1947)
- The detective in the sequel has the looks and similar voice of Nikolai Karachentsov, another popular Russian actor.
- Shave and a Haircut: First cartoon, around 4:30.
- She's Got Legs: Princess, especially in the sequel.
- The Sixties: thigh-high miniskirt, square goggles and rock'n'roll! And yes, it is a Soviet cartoon.
- Singing To Himself: all the male voices (bar Donkey) and one female (of course all of them are singing voices cause all character interactions are sung) belong to one person. It wasn't original intention: they had an ensemble star cast, but due to various reasons (one of the reasons was mighty hangover) every other voice-actors couldn't show up at the recording. Oleg Anofriev then voiced all the parts by himself. The only part he couldn't sing was princess.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The King's guards boast about loading cannons whenever they see a sparrow. Guess they've never read Confucius.
- Fridge Brilliance: They are such cowards that probably see said sparrow as a legitimate threat.
- Trademark Favorite Food: king's boiled eggs.
- Villain Song: Two villain songs, actually - one real and one faked by Troubadour.
- Walking the Earth