Best Animated Nativity Film From the Animal’s Point of View

by dgranger | created - 08 Dec 2017 | updated - 12 Dec 2017 | Public

In both of James and my own reviews of The Star (2017), it has been noted that this was not the first time a film was made telling the Nativity Story through the eyes of the animals or a story about the donkey that Mary rode on into Bethlehem. Which one, out of this handful of films, is the best? Talk about the list here.

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1. The Star (2017)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

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

Director: Timothy Reckart | Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 5,983 | Gross: $40.85M

2. The Small One (1978)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Family

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 | Stars: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith

Votes: 1,186

3. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,718

4. The Night the Animals Talked (1970 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose ... See full summary »

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Frank Porretta, Joe Silver, Patricia Bright, Len Maxwell

Votes: 86

5. It's a Boy! (2005 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short

A wonderful animated story introducing children to the true meaning of Christmas and who Jesus really is. Featuring the voices of Joe Pasquale, Cannon and Ball and David Oyelowo as Joseph

Director: Julian Tewkesbury | Stars: Bobby Ball, Steven Berkoff, Russell Boulter, Tommy Cannon

Votes: 7

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