The Small One ()

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Ordered by his father to sell his old, small donkey, named Small One, a Hebrew boy in ancient Israel takes the donkey to the Jerusalem market. Finding no buyers there, the boy is about to give up when he meets a kind man named Joseph.


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Sean Marshall ...
Boy (voice)
William Woodson ...
Tanner (voice)
Father (voice) (as Olan Soulé)
Auctioneer (voice)
Guard (voice)
Joseph (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Nash ...
Small One (uncredited) (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Potter (uncredited) (voice)
Ken Sansom ...
Baker (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Don Bluth
Jack Cutting ... (uncredited) (earlier cartoon clips)
Wolfgang Reitherman ... (uncredited) (earlier cartoon clips)

Written by

Vance Gerry ... (story) &
Peter Young ... (story) (as Pete Young)
Charles Tazewell ... (book)

Produced by

Don Bluth ... producer
Ron Miller ... executive producer

Music by

Robert F. Brunner

Film Editing by

James Melton

Production Management

Don A. Duckwall ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Richard Rich ... assistant director

Art Department

Glen Keane ... concept designer (uncredited)
Burny Mattinson ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Mel Shaw ... concept designer (uncredited)
Peter Young ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

George Fredrick ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks ... sound editor (uncredited)
Frank Regula ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Ted Kierscey ... effects animator
Dorse A. Lanpher ... effects animator
John Emerson ... airbrush artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

John Aardal ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Austin ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Joe Jiuliano ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Brian LeGrady ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Rob Maine ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Pickel ... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Dave Spencer ... still camera (uncredited)
Chuck Warren ... animation camera operator (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
Linda Miller ... character animator
Cliff Nordberg ... directing animator: "The Auctioneer" and "Singing Merchants"
John Pomeroy ... directing animator: "The Donkey" and "Saint Joseph"
Jerry Rees ... character animator
Sylvia Roemer ... layout artist
Walt Stanchfield ... assistant animation supervisor
Wilma Baker ... final checker (uncredited)
Betsy Baytos ... animator (uncredited)
Bill Berg ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Don Bluth ... animator (uncredited)
Bill Brazner ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Janet Bruce ... animation checker (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Randy Cartwright ... animator (uncredited)
Hortensia Casagran ... final checker (uncredited)
Mary Jane Cole ... painter (uncredited)
Leroy Cross ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Diana Dixon ... painter (uncredited)
Becky Fallberg ... ink and paint manager (uncredited)
Maria Fenyvesi ... painter (uncredited)
Tom Ferriter ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Phyllis Fields ... painter (uncredited)
Will Finn ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Eve Fletcher ... painter (uncredited)
Ed Gombert ... animator (uncredited)
Leslie Gorin ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Stan Green ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dan Haskett ... character animator (uncredited)
Chris Hecox ... painter (uncredited)
Karen Hepburn ... painter (uncredited)
Eadie Hofmann ... painter (uncredited)
Skip Jones ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Darlene Kanagy ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Sarah-Jane King ... color models (uncredited)
Dan Kuenster ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Diann Landau ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Ann Lord ... painter (uncredited)
Ginni Mack ... painter (uncredited)
Gretchen Maschmeyer Albrecht ... painter (uncredited)
Sylvia Mattinson ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Mike McKinney ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Charlene Miller ... painter (uncredited)
Fujiko Miller ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
John Musker ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill ... painter (uncredited)
Carmen Oliver ... color models (uncredited)
Ray Owens ... paint lab (uncredited)
Vera Pacheco ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Barbara Palmer ... painter (uncredited)
Peggy Plowden ... paint lab (uncredited)
Janet Rea ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Rebecca Rees ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dodie Roberts ... paint lab (uncredited)
Robyn Roberts ... painter (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... painter (uncredited)
Henry Selick ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Stan Somers ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Dave Spafford ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Betty Stark ... paint lab (uncredited)
Brigitte Strother ... painter (uncredited)
Olga Tarin-Craig ... painter (uncredited)
Dave Thomson ... scene planner (uncredited)
Peggy Tonkonogy ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Margaret Trinidade ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Jeffrey James Varab ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Glenn V. Vilppu ... layout artist (uncredited)
Sally Voorheis ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Tatsuko Watanabe ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Bert Wilson ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Gina Wootten ... painter (uncredited)
Kevin Wurzer ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Phillip Young ... inbetween artist (uncredited)

Music Department

Eric Tomlinson ... music engineer
Christalee ... lead singer (uncredited)
Evelyn Kennedy ... music editor (uncredited)
John Richards ... music recordist (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Don Hahn ... production assistant (uncredited)
Charlene Rogers ... secretary (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A young boy discovers the true spirit of the Christmas season. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • A Christmas Miracle (United Kingdom)
  • Mon petit Âne (France)
  • Un borrico en Navidad (Spain)
  • Maluch (Poland)
  • Min lilla åsna (Sweden)
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  • 26 min
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Trivia This short was Don Bluth's last involvement with Disney. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #2.1 (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Small One See more »
Quotes Auctioneer: Now, the next animal will truley amaze you! A fine steed of great breeding! So--WHAT? What? You, you there boy! Get out of here! Off there! I have no time for this! Go away, Boy! Go away!
Boy: But please, Sir. This donkey's for sale.
Auctioneer: Well this is a horse market! I haven't got time to waste on a scrawny donkey!
Boy: He's not scrawny! He's a strong donkey. He's gentle and kind. And good enough to be in a king's stable!
Auctioneer: A king's stable? Did you say? Did you hear that gentlemen? It seems we have the Prince of Donkeys with us today! Yes! Take note of this wel muscled animal! The alert stance! And deer heart! Come gentlemen! Do not hesitate! Who will start the bidding at one thousand pieces of silver? But look closly my friends! Observe the sleek coat! And the tail! This is a tail?
Boy: Stop it! Let go of his tail!
Auctioneer: I assure you gentlemen! He is as strong as a bull!
Boy: Get off him!
Auctioneer: Move! Move!
Boy: Get off him! Get off!
Auctioneer: The king's donkey!
[the Small One knocks the Auctioneer out, the Auctioneer falls down into the ground, he breaks free, everybody laughs, who causes the Auctioneer to get more angry, his mouth twists into a grimace, his face turns red, his eyes turns red, he gets a bloodshot as the anger takes over, the boy and the small one are scared by the angry Auctioneer]
Auctioneer: Get that miserable beast, out of here!
[he angrily throws a small vase at them, the boy and the small one takes off scared, accidentally dropping a basket of melons, chasing the chickens away, they hides on the wall]
Auctioneer: [the auctioneer continues to host] Now gentlemen! Now that we had our fun and disposed of the King's donkey!
[from O.C]
Auctioneer: I wish to direct your attention to a truley amazing...
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