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Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey [VHS] (1977)

Roger Miller , Brenda Vaccaro , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Jules Bass  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick, Linda Gary
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writers: Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Masaki Īzuka
  • Format: Animated, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 21, 1993
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301760360
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The wondrous story of Christ's birth is told by an unlikely source: Nestor, a gentle donkey with incredibly long ears and a first-hand knowledge of life in a stable. This simple tale, which takes place in the days of the Roman Empire, is about a humble couple about to take a long journey to Bethlehem and a small, insignificant donkey who is destined to help them along. By all outward appearances, Nestor is undeserving of such a privilege. Stable animals tease him incessantly for his long appendages until, finally, he is cast out of the barn into the winter cold. Snow and ice bring about even greater calamity for Nestor until he receives a dose of divine goodness. Nestor meets Tilly, a heavenly cherub (voiced by Brenda Vaccaro) who imparts guidance to the despairing burro and tells him that soon he would be chosen to participate in a miracle involving a star and a baby, a lowly stable and some travelers named Mary and Joseph. Short and sweet, this stop-motion Christmas gem from Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass is narrated by Roger Miller. Get out the hanky for an understated holiday classic that will appeal to families of all ages. --Lynn Gibson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nestor, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey December 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie about 15 years ago, but haven't seen it in at least 10 years. My children were small. I remember how touched I was by the story, and how meaningful it was. I cried for Nestor when he lost his mom, but his story is what Christmas is really about. What a blessed, wonderful, brave little donkey, and wonderful story!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nestor December 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw Nestor three years ago. It was my freshman year of college, and I was apart from my family. I cried so hard, because the movie was so beautiful. Ever since then, it has been a Christmas tradition to watch Nestor. I wouldn't miss it for the world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story with a sad beginning but a good ending! November 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This Christmas classic by Rankin & Bass puts Santa and Rudolph aside except for very brief appearances and focuses on events leading to the birth of Christ. Not to many specials even mention the nativity scene anymore. If you liked this Christmas Classic check out THE FIRST CHRISTMAS by Rankin & Bass.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reply to 'Who needs it at Christmas' December 21, 2001
By Roisin
Format:VHS Tape
I agree that the scene dealing with Nestor's Mother's death is very emotional-I cried my eyes out also, a very heartbreaking scene with the song lyrics and Nestor's tears. However Disney has used the same type of scenes in their very successful movies for years.(Anyone remember Bambi's Mother's unfortunate rendevous with hunters? that scene was every bit as distressing. There have been many others also.)I think it helps children to learn empathy for others when they see this type of movie, however I also think that some children who become excessively upset shouldn't watch-My daughter when she was 6-7 would cry literaly for days afterward whenever she would think of it-I put it away for years-She's 15 now and right behind me on the couch, tears rolling. Every parent should determine their child's sensitivity to these type of poignant scenes. If the child will be traumatized save it until he or she is older. It's a great movie and a very nice message.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Christmas Tale December 11, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
When Nestor, a donkey with unusually long ears, is born in a small stable near Bethlehem, he is mocked by everyone. And soon, him and his Mother are thrown out of the stable, into a terrible blizzard. Nestor's Mother, wanting to keep her child warm, covers him with her body, and, when Nestor awakes the next morning, he finds his beloved Mother dead. Frozen to death while trying to protect her baby. When the springtime comes, Nestor meets a young cherub, who helps to guide him on his path to save another, as his Mother saved him. And when two travelers choose Nestor for a trip to a manger near Bethlehem, Nestor knows that he can finally accomplish his mission in life.
Out of ever holiday story, NESTOR THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY, is, and always will be, one of the most touching, and heartwarming movies ever created. Rankin/Bass did a fantastic job with the animation and dialogue in this film. And Nestor is one of the sweetest, and kindest characters to ever appear in a holiday special. Rankin/Bass really made it so that you sympathize with Nestor throughout the entire movie. Which is a huge plus. A must-have holiday film for the entire family this year.
Erika Sorocco
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey June 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Years ago my daughter and I saw "Nestor" on television on one of those "off" channels and just loved it. Every year we would comb the television guides at Christmas looking for this show, sometimes to no avail. Then, my daughter found it on and bought it for me for Christmas. We watch it together every year and it always makes us cry. I love it so much that I bought another copy just to have in case something happens to my first one! I also show it to my Sunday school class of first-graders and have noticed more than one misty eye. It's a great holiday classic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bawl my eyes out every time I watch this July 2, 2007
By Musio
Format:VHS Tape
This is the saddest story (but, has a great ending!). And when I watch it, I cry like a baby. Sheesh! I'm a man, 39 years old. Awesome family movie with a positive message (even if you're not religious).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Tears to my eyes every time! November 20, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is a classic in its own right. I can't watch this Christmas special without tears coming to my eyes. Nestor, who is ridiculed by his friends because of his long ears, has to find the purpose why he was given those ears. Part of it includes his mother sacrificing herself so Nestor can live.

In the end, he does find his way to Bethlehem, just in time to meet Mary and Joseph and bear her to the town. It starts out sad, but brings tears of joy in the end. A great Chrismas classic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Flick!
Awesome flick.
Published 2 months ago by D. Riggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
I love this movie it brings back a lot of childhood memories. Movies was in great shape and played fine.
Published 14 months ago by nedra w.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and excellent service
My favorite Rankin/Bass Christmas story!! Thank you for letting me enjoy it forever now. I apologize for the late feedback, I thought I had done it by now.
Published 15 months ago by Michele Cook
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb
We watched this one time and donated it. There are so many other good Christmas movies to watch, that this wasn't worth it to us.
Published 20 months ago by pkelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Nestor the king eared Christmas donkey
I bought this at and it was used but it was a great copy and my kids really loved it.. I was very satisfied when I received it :))
Published on December 23, 2011 by Ashley Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Movie
VHS tape was marked on and dirty. Even tho it said delivery date could be as late as Dec. 30th, I ordered this Christmas tape for gift on Dec. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by lvgddeals
2.0 out of 5 stars Not One of Rankin & Bass' Best
This is one Christmas tale that I really want to love - it has the charm of the Rankin & Bass stop-motion holiday classics, it features one of my favorite artists (Roger Miller)... Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Doggymcnuggets
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching and Beautiful
This is probably one of my all time favorite Christmas Specials! I wish they had it on DVD!

I first saw this special 17 years ago when I was 12 years old. Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by Lisa G. Kovinchick
1.0 out of 5 stars Traumatized me as a child
I'm 33, and the memory of how devastated I was as a child when the mama donkey died is STILL with me. I would cry and cry. Read more
Published on December 6, 2007 by Reader500
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker
I watched this movie for the first time last night. It hurt my heart seeing how Nester was treated, thrown and tossed around like that by his ears with that horrible look on his... Read more
Published on December 3, 2007 by La Blue Eyes
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