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The Three Robbers is a children's book by Tomi Ungerer. There was a 6-minute animated adaptation released in 1972 by Gene Deitch.

The Three Robbers
Directed byHayo Freitag
Written byHayo Freitag (screenplay adaptation)
Tomi Ungerer (book)
Achim von Borries (writer)
Bettine von Borries (writer)
Narrated byTomi Ungerer/Roger Jackson
Music byKenneth Pattengale
Edited byLars Jordan
Sascha Wolff
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Release date
  • 18 October 2007 (2007-10-18)
Running time
75 minutes
LanguageGerman, English



The book was adapted as a full-length anime feature film by Hayo Freitag, released in mid-2007 as Die Drei Rauber. This was adapted into a French version called Les Trois Brigands then an English one called Trick or Treaters, which removed the original narration by Tomi Ungerer along with cutting out some of the original movie to shorten it and shoe-horned in a Halloween theme with the new narrator.


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 castEdit

  • Taylor Bertman as ... Tiffany American voice
  • Marc Graue as ... Maximus American voice
  • Micheal Sorich as ... Dominik and Policeman American voice
  • Lex Lang as ... Felix American voice
  • Charity James as ... Auntie American voice
  • Gabe Eggerling as ... Gregory American voice
  • Cole Stand as ... Nikolas American voice
  • Paulette Victor Lifton as ... Kids American voice
  • Terrence Stone as ... Coachman American voice
  • Roger Jackson as himself


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. Trick or Treaters DVD was released in September 6, 2016 in United States.


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

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