''The Fearless Four'' (''Die Furchtlosen Vier'') is a German animated film about four {{Funny Animal}}s that all have one thing in common: they want to sing, but can't for whatever reason (they're supposed to be working at something else for Fred and Buster; for Gwen, her family wants to ''kill her'' and for Tortellini, it's because he's a fairly worthless husband). The film follows, in order, the easygoing bloodhound Buster, the woeful donkey Fred, the graceful Siamese cat Gwendolyn and the self-assured rooster Tortellini. Originally intending to go to Paris to seek fame, Buster and Fred, and Tortellini and Gwen later, wind up going in just the wrong direction--to Bremen. They only realize their mistake when they get lost in the forest and come upon an owl, who tells them they are, in fact, nowhere near Paris. She does however, point them in the direction of Bremen, the nearest city.

Setting up as street performers the next day, they attract the attention of a few people, and regardless of the apparent ordnance against street performers, get scouted by a Mix Max Sausages (the BlandNameProduct manufacturer that has apparently taken over Germany) manager, who refers them to the corporate head, who in turn agrees to sign them on. The Fearless Four (as they have dubbed themselves) agree to sign a contract, with only slight vocal reservations. It is perhaps worth noting that the caricature of one of the music managers is a [[AmbiguouslyGay stereotypical girly man, with a ponytail and lisp]].

Originally billed as a rock and "classic" (meaning 80s-esque) music group, the Four's rock songs send Mix Max stocks soaring in several parody newspapers (the ''Fall Street Journal'' among them). As they begin to pass out of the public eye, things get steadily worse for the group, which isn't helped by their rebellious attitude. Rest of the movie condensed: prison break, discovery of evil plot to turn kitties and [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute other cute things]] into sausages, apparently recapture/repentance of the Four and then finally public disclosure of the plot during a concert. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Oh, and there was a classical-music-fan mouse somewhere]].

The story was very loosely inspired by the folk tale of the "Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians". Not to be confused with the Soviet adaptation of the same fairy tale ''Animation/TownMusiciansOfBremen'' and/or the Spanish adaptation ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos''.
!!Tropes in ''The Fearless Four'':

* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: As Buster grabs Tortellini by the tail to keep him from falling.
-->'''Tortellini''': Let me go, silly dog, let me go! ''(Guards pass by)'' Don't let go, don't let go!
* BerserkButton: Don't pull Buster's tail. Just don't.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Do ''not'' get on Fred's bad side.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Dr. Greed is all but edited out of the English and Italian dubs, reduced to a few cameos throughout the movie as many of his scenes involved detailing such plans as ''having his rivals assassinated'' to his minions. Even worse, much of the epilogue ''itself'' is cut out due to featuring characters drinking, cutting directly to Gwen finding the secret of her late owner's portrait.
* CatsAreMean: Beautifully subverted with Gwen, who is basically the moral advisor of the group.
* ConspicuousCG: And lots of it!
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Fred gets strapped to a sinister device as if he were about to get dissected, but it turns out he was strapped to a hi-tech tickling machine.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The bad guys plunge their their presumed deaths when the pieces that make up the villain lair's floor fall off.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - One could make rather quick parallels between UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and the Mix Max regime.
** Also, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ffANtqAww&feature=related this scene]]. Suffice to say it was cut out of the english dub.
* FeatherFingers: Tortellini uses his wings to play instruments. The owl the group briefly encounters also motions with her wings in a hand-like fashion, but doesn't grab anything.
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Gwendolyn and Buster.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
** Tortellini: sanguine
** Fred: choleric
** Buster: melancholic
** Gwen: phlegmatic (possibly supine)
** Another way to look at it would be to call it a FiveManBand without TheSmartGuy, or fold TheSmartGuy into Gwen.
* HumansAreBastards: This trope is about as subtle as a supertanker. Often in situations where the humans have no valid reason to act like assholes (for example Buster's former owner lets out a particularly sinister laugh when he agrees to sign Buster off to a taxidermist when originally he just wanted the dog off his hands).
* MeaningfulName: Dr. Greed. Take a guess why.
* MegaCorp: Mix Max.
* ObviouslyEvil: Played painfully straight. The bad guys are even associated with Satan in the narration for crying out loud!
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: They are evil, mechanical beings who sing a VillainSong every time they come to replace a donkey.
* ThePromise: Both Buster and Gwen make a promise to get the imprisoned animals out of Bremen.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The BigBad has a pet snake. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Reptiles are also not among the "good animals."]]
* SapientEatSapient: Sort of; considering animals in this universe are sentient...
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: How each of the animals started off and got away from their respective homes, mostly out of self-preservation.
* ShipTease: [[InterSpeciesRomance Gwen and Buster]]
* ShowSomeLeg: In a deleted scene, Gwendolyn does this with Platini in the form of sing teasing like Jessica Rabbit to sell that she and the others are sincere in returning to the company.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: When Buster gets his tail pulled, he undergoes a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, becoming a berserker.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Dr. Greed gets angry at the recruiter for allowing the four animals to escape. He drops him to his doom through a floor pit.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tortellini gets chewed out by Buster, Fred, and Gwen for not being concerned for the other animals.