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The Brementown Musicians (1935)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 March 1935 (USA)
A group of farm animals run away and form an a cappella quartet.


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A farmer lashes out at his livestock after the animals disappoint him in a variety of ways. The animals are upset at the farmer's frustration and run away. When they see a quartet singing for change on the street, they decide to start a band of their own. When they do poorly, they dejectedly return home to see the farmer being burglarized by three criminals. They save the farmer and find themselves in his favor once again. Written by Melissa

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6 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten  »

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1.37 : 1
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One of the more satisfying shorts Iwerks made.
24 November 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This one works-at least for me, it worked. One of the most unusual singing quartets you'll ever see. Some exceptional backgrounds and very good animation here and also fairly well-developed characters (not usually a hallmark of Iwerks studio) make this an entertaining short. The farmer looks a bit like Al Falfa from Terrytoons, but character design wasn't a long suit for the studio either. They tended to draw things pretty much the same over and over. They may have had five or six basic variations on kids and used them interchangeably. The animals come off better than the humans do. Very good cartoon, an example of what Iwerks could do and if they'd done work like this more often, who knows what might have happened. Well worth watching. Good to see in print and on DVD. Recommended.

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