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The Small One (1978)

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A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does.

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Boy (voice)
William Woodson ...
Tanner (voice)
Olan Soule ...
Father (voice) (as Olan Soulé)
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Auctioneer (voice)
Joe Higgins ...
Guard (voice)
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Joseph (voice)
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Small One ...
Donkey (voice)
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Storyline

A young boy must part with his beloved donkey, named "Small One". When he takes him into town to sell him, the only person who wants to buy him is the tanner. When all hope seems lost in finding a kind master, Small One leads his master back to the tanner's shop where he is willing to sacrifice his life. A miracle happens, and he is bought by Joseph to carry Mary to Bethlehem. Written by <hunk@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

16 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Esel von Bethlehem  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)
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Trivia

Premiered along with the 1978 re-release of Pinocchio. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Swan Princess (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Merchant's Song
Music and Lyrics by Don Bluth
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
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This is the sweetest story of all time.
18 May 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

From the first time I listened to the album to this movie I was hooked.

It was a read/sing along album with the story and illustrations inside when you open the cover. The story is sweet and endearing. I cannot believe there is not more information available about this movie.

If there were more stories like this for our children to grow up on, they would still be innocent like we were back then. Growing up I listened to the story everyday. I can still recite it all the lines along with movie.

It was not just for Christmas in my eyes. A must see for every child and adult.


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