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The Muppet Musicians of Bremen Heroes!


The Muppet Musicians of Bremen Baddies.


A quartet of Travelin' Musicians.

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The Muppet Musicians of Bremen is an hour-long Muppet TV special that first aired on April 26, 1972.[1] It ran syndicated as part of the "Tales from Muppetland" series, following the 1969 special Hey Cinderella! and 1971's The Frog Prince. Bremen is a modern telling of the German fairy tale "The Bremen Town Musicians," popularly recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

In this musical special, Kermit the Frog narrates the story of the Muppet Musicians of Bremen. In a departure from the source material (the folk tale "The Musicians of Bremen"), the action takes place not in Germany but in the Louisiana countryside.

Leroy (a donkey), T.R. (a rooster), Rover Joe (a hound dog) and Catgut (a cat) escape the clutches of their cruel human owners and set out in search of a better life. They find musical instruments -- which they learn to play remarkably quickly -- then form a band and go on the road, playing their own distinctive brand of Louisiana Bayou jazz.

While their owners -- a gang of robbers named Mordecai Sledge, Farmer Lardpork, Mean Floyd and Caleb Siles -- are hiding out in a cabin in the Bayou to divide their loot, the fugitive animals mistake the cabin for lodgings where they can play their music in exchange for room and board. The superstitious gang members are spooked out of their lair by the sound of mysterious music on a night with a full moon.

Two of the most prominent Muppet character types, the rats and the chickens, were first created for this special.




  • Voices:
Jerry Nelson as T.R. and Caleb Siles
Nick Nichols as Leroy and Lardpork
Francois Klanfer as Rover Joe and Mordecai Sledge
Phyllis Marshall as Catgut
Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Mean Floyd (uncredited)
Jerry Juhl as Chickens (uncredited)


  • Taping for the special took place in Toronto from February 14 to March 2, 1972.[2]


  • In the Nickelodeon airings, the beginning of Catgut's story is cut. After Catgut says "that's right" to Leroy's reaction to learning she made friends with rats, the scene cuts straight to the rats planning to sneak past Catgut.

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