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Die furchtlosen Vier (1997)

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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Credited cast:
Oleta Adams ... Gwendolyn (voice)
Mario Adorf ... Fred, der Esel (voice)
Dagmar Altrichter Dagmar Altrichter ... Samantha, die Eule (voice)
Peer Augustinski Peer Augustinski ... Dr. Gier (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Wasp #2 / Big Mother Berta / Samantha / Mozart (voice) (as Kathleen Bar)
Hans-Werner Bussinger Hans-Werner Bussinger ... Platini (voice)
Garry Chalk ... The Baron / The Miller / Platini / Guard #2 (voice)
Ian James Corlett ... 1st Assistant / Hunter #2 / Dr. Greed (voice)
Tom Deininger Tom Deininger ... Müller (voice)
Michael Donovan Michael Donovan ... The Heir / The Host / Guard #3 (voice)
Hartmut Engler Hartmut Engler ... Buster, der Hund (voice)
Christopher Gaze Christopher Gaze ... Narrator (voice)
Ranja Helmy Ranja Helmy ... Mozar, die Maus (voice)
James Ingram ... Buster (voice)
Joachim Kemmer Joachim Kemmer ... Tortellini, der Hahn (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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 9,449 (Germany), 2 January 1998, Limited Release
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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 »


[Quote from English version]
Gwendolen: [singing] You left today, without a goodbye, big girls never cry.
Background singer: [singing] Big girls never cry.
Gwendolen: [singing] Out of the blue, without telling me where and why, big girls never cry.
Background singer: [singing] Big girls never cry.
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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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What Can Go Wrong
Music by Péter Wolf
Lyrics by Ina Wolf
Performed by James Ingram, B.B. King, Oleta Adams and Zucchero
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14 September 2005 | by karlerikjukaSee all my reviews

Excellent! One of the best animated movies I've ever seen! I've only seen the french version, but I'm sure the English and German version is great too! If it was possible, then I'll vote it 100! That looks like a Disney movie, but it's still so cool and I keep watching and watching it over and over again and I never get bored! I hope they'll make a sequel to it, because it's worth of it! But at the ending, I didn't understand if the bad guys were killed in the explosion, or were they saved? That could be a cool sequel idea where the bad guys come back and try to revenge! Who's your favorite character? I like the cat! And the voice actors are excellent! I recommend it to everybody! Bye!

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