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Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

TV-G 1977 23m Kids & Family Holiday Adventure Animation List
56% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 58% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Guided by his guardian cherub, an orphan donkey realizes his destiny on the road to Bethlehem. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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AV Club Staff AV Club Nestor isn't the best Rankin-Bass special, but it's worth seeing for its serious midsection and gratifying conclusion. Dec 6, 2018 Full Review Erik Adams AV Club This is the best way to tell the Christmas story in Animagic: with the proper amount of pathos and levity -- and fun character design, too. Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Emily St. James Vox Muller's script is willing to go for the jugular in terms of pathos. Plus, watching this one lets you realize how much terror of being made fun of as a child animates Rankin/Bass. Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net It's harmless enough. Rated: 6/10 Apr 17, 2019 Full Review Ryan Voyles Paste Magazine As a whole, Nester is a well-intentioned (if lesser) version of the "misfits can make a difference" story that Rankin/Bass did much better in Rudolph. The story is thin and sometime struggles to fill the brief 22-minute running time. Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Gavin Jasper Den of Geek A terrible rewrite of Rudolph without any of the magic. Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member It was sweet, but kind of pointless. Nestor was cute, but the story was just too funny to really be taken seriously. And the songs! They were hilarious. Good for kids, but not much above that. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Classic Rakin & Bass. The story of the donkey that carried Mary. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I loved the movie, will watch the movie with my kids and grandkids. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This looked like a cute Christmas story, unfortunately Nester's mother dies at the the beginning. My daughter, who was 3 at the time was inconsolable. Did not see that coming. Fortunately, at the end Nester's Mom's spirit appears and the issue was resolved. It's not bad as a Christmas movie. Just a warning, if you have young kids who may be easily upset, you might wanna skip this one for a couple of years. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A solid Rankin/Bass effort. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Nestor The Long Eared Christmas Donkey is basically a rewrite of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer, with the imaculate conception storyline replacing Santa; it's not as good as other Rankin & Bass classics, but it has a charm that makes this overlooked Christmas special well worth watching ! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Guided by his guardian cherub, an orphan donkey realizes his destiny on the road to Bethlehem.
Director
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Screenwriter
Romeo Muller
Rating
TV-G
Genre
Kids & Family, Holiday, Adventure, Animation
Runtime
23m