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The Small One (1978)

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

Director:

Don Bluth

Writers:

Vance Gerry (story), Peter Young (story) (as Pete Young) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Marshall Sean Marshall ... Boy (voice)
William Woodson William Woodson ... Tanner (voice)
Olan Soule ... Father (voice) (as Olan Soulé)
Hal Smith ... Auctioneer (voice)
Joe Higgins ... Guard (voice)
Gordon Jump ... Joseph (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Small One See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Was originally directed by Dick Sebast. See more »

Alternate Versions

"The Merchant's Song" lyrics have been altered. The original lyrics were "We simply cheat a little if we must". In the recent versions it was changed to "We work a little harder if we must". This is because the original lyrics are perceived to have Jewish stereotypes. These original lyrics are no longer present on the DVD versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Disney Dimanche: Episode #2.1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Small One (Main Title)
Composed by Don Bluth
Performed by Christalee (uncredited)
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A Movie not just for the holidays
23 January 2016 | by rowell-michelle-rSee all my reviews

This little Disney movie is advertised as a holiday classic, but a person who does not know the Christian story will probably not notice the connection to the traditional tale. Even for those who know the story, it is not clear until the end how it connects.

The animation is well-done, and there are many nods toward the complexity of life. The young boy looks just like Mowgli, of "The Jungle Book," but has a completely different mien (and personality). He is loving and caring, especially toward an old donkey that has outlived his usefulness in the family business.

There is a change I noticed in one of the songs from the original version on VHS to the DVD version. Where crooked bankers sang, "We simply cheat a little if we must!" on the VHS version, it has been changed to "We work a little harder if we must!" on the DVD version. (I prefer the original...)


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