Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Roger Miller ...
Speiltoe / Narrator (voice)
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Tilly (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Olaf / Donkey dealer (voice)
Don Messick ...
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Iris Rainer ...
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Shelly Hines ...
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Eric Stern ...
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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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In one shot, the guard picks up Nestor by the tail. In the next, he's holding Nestor by the ears See more »

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

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Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Written by Gene Autry, Don Pfrimmer and Dave Burgess
Performed by Roger Miller
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It hits me too
27 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh I know this Christmas special is always a tear jerker as well for me. Poor Nestor the Long Eared Donkey, the first part of the story reminds me of a cross between Dumbo (big ears/oddball) and Bambi (what happened to his mother)! I think I first saw Nestor about the same time I saw Bambi, so I srt of become confused remembering how each's mother died...but still it's sad at that point. Also the poigniant way Roger Miller sang & narrated this program really made it so tear jerking.

I'm glad though Nestor finds a better life as Mary & Joseph's donkey, who carries Mary all the way to Bethlehem, where she then has baby Jesus.

I always loved the Rankin Bass specials that gave the real meaning of Christmas storylines the best anyway.


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