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The Fearless Four (1997)

Die furchtlosen Vier (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Family, Musical | 7 May 1998 (USA)
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 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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English | German

Release Date:

7 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bremer Stadtmusikanten See more »

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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story of the movie was very loosely inspired by the folk tale of the Town Musicians of Bremen by Brothers Grimm. See more »


[English version]
[the machine makes animals out of sausages]
Mouse: It's the only way out.
Buster: Through the machine?
[to Tortellini]
Buster: You be our scout - you go first.
Tortellini: Why me?
Gwendolen: Didn't I hear you say you're our leader?
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Alternate Versions

The Italian version is entirely re-dubbed except for the songs, which are in English and re-edited into the soundtrack. It runs the same length as the international English version. See more »


What Can Go Wrong
("Die Furchtlosen Wier")
Music by Péter Wolf (uncredited)
English lyrics by Ina Wolf (uncredited)
German lyrics by Andreas Hommelsheim (uncredited)
Lead Vocals by Oleta Adams, James Ingram, Zucchero and B.B. King (English version); Joachim Kemmer, Mario Adorf, Hartmut Engler, and Sandra Schwarzhaupt (German version)
Background Vocals by Oleta Adams, Michelle Wolf and Jeffrey Pescetto (as Jeff Pescetto) (English version); Draga Balena (as Draga Hoffmann-Balenovic), Agnes Radic (as Agnes Hoffmann-Radic), Hübi (as Joachim Hübner), Achim Götz, Henrik Ilgner (as Hendrik Illgner), and Hanno Bruhn (German version)
Drums: John Cushon
Piano, Keyboards, Bass and Percussion: Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf)
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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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