Ali, a poor farmer's son, goes out into the world and meets a sorcerer, who takes him on as an apprentice.
Christoffel returns from war to find that his house reduced to rubble and his parents dead. He makes a pact with the devil out of desperation.
A man is left alone with his young daughter, Belle, after his wife dies in childbirth. One day, after many years, the man finds himself caught in the middle of a storm. He is thrown from his horse and wakes to find himself in a castle.
The Chinese emperor has many concubines but only truly loves his first wife. When a jealous concubine learns that a child will be born to the emperor, she tries to remove her rival with a magic potion.
When Martin returns from war, he finds that nothing is the way it once was in his village. He watches the few remaining villagers leave offerings in the town square for a giant monster and learns that whoever has nothing left for the monster is turned into stone.
Hans served his king faithfully as a soldier. But now, cheated out of his pay, he is returning home. A witch heals his wounds and demands in return that he fetches the blue light from the dried-up well.
This silhouette animated film tells a story drawn from the Brothers Grimm. Four aging animals – a donkey, a dog, a rooster, and a cat – are rejected by their ungrateful owners and forced to make their way on the streets.
A rooster, cat, dog, and donkey are all aging and face the problem of becoming useless to society. Joining forces, they embark on a journey to wander and sing together. Though they are not good enough to become the Bremen town musicians, they find purpose when they drive a robber out of town.
The two mice play and dance the whole day while the rooster works. One day, the rooster finds an ear of wheat and the mice suggest to thresh and mill it. The rooster takes care of the work while the mice leave to play. He even bakes a cake.