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Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

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Olaf / Donkey dealer (voice)
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Linda Gary ...
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Iris Rainer ...
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Shelly Hines ...
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Eric Stern ...
Nestor (voice)
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Back in the days of the Roman Empire, a small donkey is born with VERY long ears, that keep getting him into trouble. When his owner throws him out of the stable in disgust, his mother sacrifices her life to save him from a blizzard. And, guided only by his guardian cherub (Tilly), he has to find his rightful place and destiny, somewhere on the road to Bethlehem. Written by Kathy Li

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3 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Нестор, длинноухий рождественский ослик  »

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Riffed by Mike Nelson, former star of MST3K, under the Rifftrax line of comedy audio tracks, movie riffs, and live events. See more »

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The Roman guard pays Olaf the donkey breeder with an American coin. Specifically a nickel. See more »

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Follows The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976) See more »

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Follow the Angels
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
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Still touches me...
25 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a lovely Christmas special from Rankin'/Bass. In fact along with The Little Drummer Boy, it is the most touching of their specials. The visuals are beautiful, the characters look convincing, the colours are homely and the backgrounds are gorgeous. I also loved the music, especially the main theme which is so beautiful and resonates with me emotionally every time.

Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey also has an engaging and poignant story that rarely has a wasted scene in its short duration, good pacing and strong writing. The characters are wonderful, all of them serve a purpose to the story, are likable and the chemistry between them is believable. Especially the title character, who is so sweet and likable that you feel sorry for him and his predicament immediately. The voice acting from the likes of Paul Frees, Don Messick and Roger Miller are top notch and fit their characters beautifully, while the ending makes me cry like a baby, same with the early parts of Nestor's life which are beautifully realised.

In conclusion, poignant, honest and timeless Christmas special that still touches me. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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