Alan Cumming Joins The Bremen Town Musicians

Getting Grimm in the animation

Alan Cumming

Creative types as diverse as The Muppets, Busytown doyen Richard Scarry and German writer Carl Zuckmayer have tackled Russian folk tale The Town Musicians of Bremen. Now it’s Tinseltown’s turn, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Alan Cumming has signed onto the voice cast of its new animated version, Bremen Town Musicians.

If you’re not au fait with it – or Russian – the story of the Bremen musicians features a dog, cat, donkey and rooster who head to the German town in the hope of forging careers as musicians. A kind of Farmyard Idol, essentially.

Here, though... well, not so much. According to the trade, Luxor Entertainment’s interpretation will have the King of Bremen requiring his wizard, Cregg, to scour “time and space for the greatest musical troupe ever” to do the honours at his daughter’s nuptials. Gevork, his smart but dorky assistance, and the character Cumming will be voicing, will lend a hand. Jeffrey Wright is also heading into the audio booth to lend his larynx as the villain of the piece.

Director Lawrence Guterman has Cats & Dogs and Son Of The Mask on his CV today. The people of Bremen will be hoping for something a lot more fun than either of those. No word on whether the cat or dog (or donkey or rooster) made the cut here.