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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Small One 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Small One See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions 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 Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Small One
by Don Bluth
Performed by Sean Marshall (uncredited)
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Dinsey's Heart-warming Christmas story
3 December 2015 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

Here is a favorite Christmas special from Disney, with great animation and a heart-warming story. I think this special is the only directorial job for Don Bluth before he left the Disney studio to create films like An American Tail, Thumbelina, etc. The story (as some of you might know it) is about a boy who has to sell his favorite donkey (and friend) named "Small One". But the problem is finding the prefect, kind owner for him. That's all I could tell you folks, you will have to see the film for yourself how it ends.

So anyway, I really love this special with its really beautiful story and wonderful animation.


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