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 ...
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Tilly (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Olaf / Donkey dealer (voice)
Don Messick ...
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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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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 (1968) See more »

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Don't Laugh and Make Somebody Cry
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Roger Miller
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a parable of child abuse
13 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Rankin Bass made a lot of fine Christmas specials for kids. I know that every Christmas we are treated to all those classic animated cartoons like Rudolph and Santa and of course the Charlie Brown show, OH AND LETS NOT FORGET ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE. I'm a Sergeant in the US Army and I remember seeing this special about Nestor vaguely when I was a kid. I was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas in the Christmas of 95 and happened to catch it again on the Fox network I believe. I am a tough, professional soldier who fought in Desert Storm, and yet I almost cried watching this again. Poor little Nestor and the pain he had to suffer. His mother froze to death protecting him. She made the greatest sacrifice for her baby. I cannot help but think how many children are abused like Nestor was. This story, to me anyway, is a parable about child abuse. I read other accounts of people who cried when they saw it and that is exactly how it affected me. Nestor ultimately leads Mary and Joseph to Bethleham where our Savior is born. That is the beautiful part of the story and it is moving, but its also very sad as well.


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