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A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Director:

Timothy Reckart

Writers:

Carlos Kotkin (screenplay by), Simon Moore (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Yeun ... Bo (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key ... Dave (voice)
Aidy Bryant ... Ruth (voice)
Gina Rodriguez ... Mary (voice)
Zachary Levi ... Joseph (voice)
Christopher Plummer ... Herod (voice)
Ving Rhames ... Thaddeus (voice)
Gabriel Iglesias ... Rufus (voice)
Kelly Clarkson ... Leah (voice)
Anthony Anderson ... Zach (voice)
Patricia Heaton ... Edith (voice)
Kris Kristofferson ... Old Donkey (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth ... Abby (voice)
Mariah Carey ... Rebecca (voice)
Oprah Winfrey ... Deborah (voice)
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Storyline

In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas. Written by Teaser-Trailer.com

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It Takes Many Tails to Tell the Greatest Story Ever See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Star: The Story of the First Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,852,824, 15 February 2018
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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First trailer of the film was shown the same day as the release Sony Animation's previous film, The Emoji Movie (2017) which did cause a negative reception. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the credits, it is shown that Joseph buys Bo from the miller, and Bo helps him and Mary raise Jesus. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Big Comeback (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star
Written by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, and Thom Fennessey
Composed by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey appears courtesy of Epic Records
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Saw the film with my parents, who are Catholic, and they both liked it.
15 December 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE STAR': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A computer-animated Christian family film, about the story of the Nativity of Jesus, told through the eyes of a donkey and other animals. It was directed by Timothy Reckart, and it was written by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore (based on an original idea by Tom Sheridan). The film features the voice talents of Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Anthony Anderson, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Kris Kristofferson, Mariah Carrey and Delilah. It's received mixed to negative reviews from critics, and it's also a modest hit at the Box Office as well. I found it to be a little too kid friendly, in sometimes a pretty silly way, but religious families will probably enjoy it.

The story revolves around a donkey, named Bo (Yeun), who's tired of his life of slavery, milling wheat for his owner, and dreams of joining a traveling caravan. His father (Kristofferson) helps him escape, and he ends up at the home of Mary (Rodriguez), and Joseph (Levi), who let him stay at their home, despite him not wanting to stay there. Mary, being pregnant with Jesus, and Joseph, later leave their home for Bethlehem. Bo, and his dove friend Dave (Key), try to escape, but they end up on an adventure, with other animals, to protect Mary and Joseph instead. The birth of Jesus, and the first Christmas, becomes the result of their efforts of course.

I saw the film with my parents, who are Catholic, and they both liked it. I can see why other Christians, especially those with kids, would enjoy it too. For me the storytelling, and filmmaking, are a bit too basic and routine though. There's also an excessive amount of silly kids humor in it (but kids should like it at least), and I didn't really care for the animation either. I did like that it's all told from animals' points of view though, and there's even some animal rights/vegan messages in there (that I really appreciated). I think the film accomplishes what it set out to do, and it should please it's target audience at least.


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