The Three Robbers

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The Three Robbers
Directed by Hayo Freitag
Written by Hayo Freitag (screenplay adaptation)
Tomi Ungerer (book)
Achim von Borries (writer)
Bettine von Borries (writer)
Narrated by Tomi Ungerer
Music by Kenneth Pattengale
Edited by Lars Jordan
Sascha Wolff
Animation X Gesellschaft zur Produktion von Animationsfilmen mbH
Release dates
  • 18 October 2007 (2007-10-18)
Running time
75 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

The Three Robbers is a children's book by Tomi Ungerer. The book was adapted as a full-length feature film by Hayo Freitag, released in mid-2007. There was also a 6-minute version released in 1972 by Gene Deitch.


The three robbers are very successful in their exploits, but one day there is a different treasure in the carriage they have stopped. There is only a lonely girl named Tiffany on her way to live with a wicked aunt, so the robbers carry Tiffany off to their hideout. When Tiffany sees all of the treasure the robbers have collected, she asks what it is for, and the robbers have no answer. Later the robbers decide to open an orphanage with their wealth and all uncared for children go to live there.

The book was first published in 1961. In October 2008 Phaidon Press published a new English-language edition, and a month later Strasbourg-based publisher La Nuée Bleue put out a trilingual version (Die drei Raiwer) in Alsatian, French and German.


Voice cast[edit]

  • Joachim Król ... Robber Malente
  • Bela B. Felsenheimer ... Robber Flinn
  • Charly Hübner ... Robber Donnerjakob
  • Katharina Thalbach ... Wunderliche Tante
  • Elena Kreil ... Tiffany
  • Konstantin Seldenstücker ... Gregory
  • Maximilian Roca Jungfer ... Nikolas
  • Erwin Leder ... Kutscher
  • Hayo Freitag ... Gendarm
  • Tomi Ungerer ... Narrator


The film received the second prize for Animated Feature Film or Video in the Adult Jury Prizes at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in 2007,[1] and in 2008 and 2009 was awarded first prizes and audience awards at film festivals in Hamburg (Germany), Paris, Bordeaux, Annecy (France), Poznan (Poland), Bilbao (Spain), Brussels, Ghent (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), and Toronto. It received the audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2008.


  1. ^ "Awards". Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 

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