The popular children's tale about a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who are on their way to the slaughterhouse when they get a lucky break and escape.


Bert Henry (screenplay), Dagmar Kekulé (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Adorf ... Fred, der Esel (voice)
Hartmut Engler Hartmut Engler ... Buster, der Hund (singing voice)
Bernd Schramm Bernd Schramm ... Buster, der Hund (voice)
Sandra Schwarzhaupt Sandra Schwarzhaupt ... Gwendolyn, die Katze (voice)
Joachim Kemmer Joachim Kemmer ... Tortellini, der Hahn (voice)
Katharina Thalbach ... Die böse Erbin (voice)
Peer Augustinski ... Dr. Gier (voice)
Frank Zander Frank Zander ... Powertool (voice)
Hans-Werner Bussinger Hans-Werner Bussinger ... Platini (voice)
Tobias Meister Tobias Meister ... Manager (voice)
Ranja Helmy Ranja Helmy ... Mozar, die Maus (voice)
Tom Deininger Tom Deininger ... Müller (voice)
Michael Walke Michael Walke ... Ackermann (voice)
Dagmar Altrichter Dagmar Altrichter ... Samantha, die Eule (voice)
Uwe Paulsen Uwe Paulsen ... Schlange (voice)


The popular children's tale about a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who are on their way to the slaughterhouse when they get a lucky break and escape.

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This is the fourth Warner Bros. Family Entertainment animated film to have musical numbers. See more »


[English version]
[after electrocuting two men and two dogs]
Buster: Even the most gentle dog has his limits.
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Alternate Versions

The international English version has several scenes trimmed or cut out completely:
  • Before the wasp swarm attacks the truck pulling Fred in the caravan, one wasp hits the window, recovers and bursts the inflatable seats, landing directly on a woman's breast from a magazine cover.
  • The scene after the animals perform their own lyrics to the Mix Max jingle is cut. The manager asks Dr. Greed about what the company should do with the animals. Greed suggests the animals should continue to be used in commercials as they still generate revenue for the company. It is also revealed that Dr. Greed is running for president in this scene, something that was not mentioned again until later in the film.
  • Gwendolyn, Buster and Tortellini being thrown into the cellar is cut.
  • Fred being brought into the room where he is tickled is cut.
  • After the animals escape from the cellar, Dr. Greed asks his staff whether the company is running as planned. Greed is horrified when he finds out about the sudden drop of sales. The animals see this conversation from behind a window.
  • When the word is out in the hall that the animals are gone, Dr. Greed tells the manager and inventor his plan. The inventor accidentally shoots his gun at the ceiling, causing a piece to land on the manager. Greed sounds the alarm and the manager pushes the inventor's hat down, causing the inventor to fire a second shot at the ceiling and getting himself hit on the head by a ceiling piece.
  • After Gwendolyn, Buster and Fred enter the sausage machine, Tortellini is tortured further by electrocution, narrowly escaping being grabbed by robotic arms, being washed up into the exit pipe and bursting through several vents until he is finally out of the machine. The edited version sees him blown into the exit pipe and out of the machine.
  • A scene of the four animals returning to Mix Max after escaping from the sausage machine is cut. It is here that Tortellini suggests staging the concert, followed by a song sung by Gwendolyn, "Marilyn - Mix Max", to seduce the manager as the animals leave. The song is still credited in the edited version, suggesting the scene could have been cut at the last minute.
  • A scene where Dr. Greed shouts at his staff after the animals perform in the concert is cut.
  • After Tortellini blows up the Mix Max factory, the rescued animals rejoice by holding a party, drinking wine and being merry. The edited version fades straight into the song "Don't You Worry".
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Don't You Worry
("Sorg Dich Nicht")
Music by Péter Wolf (uncredited)
English lyrics by Ina Wolf (uncredited)
German lyrics by Andreas Hommelsheim (uncredited)
Lead vocals by Oleta Adams and James Ingram (English version); Hartmut Engler and Sandra Schwarzhaupt (German version)
Background vocals by Michelle Wolf, Zucchero, Kevin Dorsey and Phillip Ingram (English version)
Drums: Joel Taylor
Piano and Bass: Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf) and Münchner Symphoniker (as the Munich Symphony Orchestra)
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My second favourite cartoon film!
15 February 2007 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

My review for the English translation: "The Fearless Four".

Genre: Animated film with talking animals based on "The Musicians Of Bremen" by the Brothers Grimm.

I absolutely adore this film! It has lovely characters, a good story and the songs are well- written.

In this film, four animals meet each other when they escape from their miserable lives and they all love ... music! They are Buster the dog (his songs are done by James Ingrams, Buster sings really well!), Fred the donkey (his singing voice is B. B. King, good voice as well), Gwendolen the cat (she's my favourite and Oleta Adams does SO well with her voice) and Tortillini the cockerel (Zucchero does his singing voice - good too).

I love this film for five main reasons.

Reason 1: the songs in this are well-sung and well-written. Reason 2: the characters are lovely, my favourite is Gwendolen the cat (I even like the baddies, but not as much as the goodies). Reason 3: The animation is beautiful, the drawings and the backgrounds. Reason 4: There is an important message in this film. DO NOT TREAT ANIMALS CRUELLY!!! Reason 5: The plot and storyline are well-done, unlike many, many cartoon films' plots.

Oh, and one more thing. Could anyone tell me why this film is so hard to get in English??!! Just a question, because I wasn't able to get this movie on video for about five years.

So, watch it when you can, you won't be disappointed!

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Release Date:

7 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Bremer Stadtmusikanten See more »

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1.85 : 1
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