"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 Fairy Tale
. It was collected by The Brothers Grimm
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. Adaptations include the Soviet animated musical Town Musicians of Bremen
, Jim Henson
's The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
, and the German animated movie The Fearless Four
has also produced a number of shorts called "Wedgies"; one of these is The Bremen Avenue Experience
, a Garage Band
which includes Funny Animal
versions of the same animals from the original folktale: a rooster, a cat, a dog, and a donkey.
Alluded to in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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: