Bremen Town Musicians | Modern Interpretations

The story of Bremen Town Musicians and its themes have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known treatments by authors and other artists.

Modern Interpretations

Once Upon a Crime

Crowther, Pete. "The Musician of Breman, GA." Once Upon A Crime. Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, eds. New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, 1998. Buy the book in hardcover 
or paperback.


Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers

Mayer, Gloria Gilbert and Thomas Mayer. "The Bremen Town Musicians." Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers. New York: American Management Association, 1999. Buy the book in hardcover.


Black Thorn, White Rose

Waldrop, Howard. "The Sawing Boys." Black Thorn, White Rose. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York: Avon, 1995. Buy the book in hardback or paperback.



None so far!


None so far!


To learn more about these films, please visit the
Internet Movie Database.


The Four Musicians of Bremen (1922). Walt Disney, director.

ANIMATION SHORT: Very early Disney short. A silent black and white film.

The Cartoons That Time Forgot - The Ub Iwerks Collection, Vol. 1 (1934)

The Valiant Tailor (1934). Shamus Culhane and Ub Iwerks, directors.
Buy the movie on VHS. or Buy the movie on DVD.

ANIMATION SHORT: Early animated short contemporary with Walt Disney.


Extreme Fairy Tales DVD

The Brementown Musicians (1935). Ub Iwerks, director.
Buy the movie on DVD.

ANIMATION SHORT: The Brementown Musicians through the eyes of Ub Iwerks.

The Extreme Fairy Tales DVD features these shorts: 

1. The Emperor's Nightingale (1948, Directed by Jirí Trnka and Milos Makovec)
2. The Brementown Musicians (1935, Directed by Ub Iwerks)
3. Tom Thumb (1936, Directed by Ub Iwerks)
4. Mary's Little Lamb (1935, Directed by Ub Iwerks)
5. Rapunzel (1951, Directed by Ray Harryhausen)


Tales from Muppetland: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen(1972). Jim Henson, director.

Frank Oz .... Rat/Additional Muppet Performer (voice) 
Jerry Nelson .... T.R. the Rooster/Caleb Siles (voice) 
Jim Henson .... Kermit the Frog/Mean Floyd/Rat (voice)

Part of the Muppetland Tales series.



The Bremen Town Musicians by Martha Mutz

Mutz, Martha. The Bremen Town Musicians: A Folktale Play for ChildrenLos Angeles: Curiosity Canyon Press, 1996. Buy the book in paperback.

PLAY: A play written for children to perform.

White, Melvin R. The Town Musicians of Bremen. In Stories For Children #3Colorado Springs: Contemporary Drama Service, 1991.


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