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Release Date:
15 December 1978 (USA) See more »
A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sean Marshall ... Boy (voice)
William Woodson ... Tanner (voice)

Olan Soule ... Father (voice) (as Olan Soulé)

Hal Smith ... Auctioneer (voice)

Joe Higgins ... Guard (voice)

Gordon Jump ... Joseph (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Small One ... Donkey (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Potter (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Bluth 
Writing credits
Vance Gerry (story) &
Peter Young (story) (as Pete Young)

Charles Tazewell (book)

Produced by
Don Bluth .... producer
Ron Miller .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
Film Editing by
James Melton 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Rich .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Young .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor
Frank Regula .... sound mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Visual Effects by
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator
Dorse A. Lanpher .... effects animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Jiuliano .... animation camera (uncredited)
Brian LeGrady .... animation camera (uncredited)
Rob Maine .... animation camera (uncredited)
Chuck Warren .... animation camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Daniela Bielecka .... background artist
Jim Coleman .... background artist
Lorna Cook .... character animator (as Lorna Pomeroy)
Gary Goldman .... directing animator
Heidi Guedel .... character animator
Bill Hajee .... character animator
Dan Hansen .... layout artist
Chuck Harvey .... character animator
Ron Husband .... character animator
Emily Jiuliano .... character animator
Skip Jones .... assistant animator
Linda Miller .... character animator
Cliff Nordberg .... directing animator
John Pomeroy .... directing animator: "The Donkey" and "Saint Joseph"
Jerry Rees .... character animator
Sylvia Roemer .... layout artist
Walt Stanchfield .... assistant animation supervisor
Kevin Wurzer .... assistant animator
Betsy Baytos .... animator (uncredited)
Don Bluth .... animator (uncredited)
Randy Cartwright .... animator (uncredited)
Will Finn .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Ed Gombert .... animator (uncredited)
Leslie Gorin .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dan Haskett .... animator (uncredited)
John Musker .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Henry Selick .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Christalee .... lead singer (uncredited)
John Richards .... music recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Hahn .... production assistant

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USA:26 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Finland:S | USA:G (No. 25388)

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Was originally directed by Dick Sebast.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, 16 December 2001
Author: Cylex from England

Every Christmas I watch this film with tears streaming. It's a beautiful story about true friendship and the small donkey chosen to carry Mary to Bethlehem. It has light comedy, danger and pathos by turns. The title song "Small One" and the boy's song "Friendly Face" are sweet and memorable. The Merchants' song is fun. It is a Christmas tale that everyone will love and is timeless. A masterpiece from Bluth. 10/10

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