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The Small One [VHS] (1978)

Sean Marshall , William Woodson , Don Bluth  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith, Joe Higgins
  • Directors: Don Bluth
  • Writers: Charles Tazewell, Peter Young, Vance Gerry
  • Producers: Don Bluth, Ron Miller
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 29, 1993
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301752708
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Presenting Walt Disney Mini Classics... a timeless series of classic tales told through captivating music and brilliant Disney animation. Viewers of all ages will treasure this magical collection of Disney animated storytelling at its very best! // A poor young boy braves the big city to sell the family donkey, Small One. But there doesn't seem to be anyone who can offer a warm home and tender care to the beloved beast, and the boy becomes thoroughly disheartened. When a gentle stranger appears, in need of a very special journey, a bright star shines reassuringly in the December sky. The Small One is an animated Christmas treasure, and a touching, inspiring tale for all ages!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming Christmas Tale February 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I've loved this story ever since my parents bought me the story record of it years ago. I recently started searching for it, either on VHS or CD. I'd just about given up hope when we stumbled across it at the video rental store on a new release Disney video called 'Countdown to Christmas'. It is the last story on the video, and it is there in full, with all the wonderful songs included.
This is a wonderful short story from Disney that gives a new perspective to the Nativity story - from the viewpoint of the little donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem, and the boy who owned him.
The songs are lovely to listen to, especially 'Small One' and 'Friendly Face'. There is a charm and warmth in this tale that I find is lacking in many of the animations that Disney are producing of late.
This is something that is well worth having, if you can locate it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Animated Tale July 19, 2004
By Siren
I can't say enough about this short. Unfortunatly, Disney announced officially, they have no plans to bring this short to DVD. Which saddens me. They plan to hide this masterpiece in the catacombs while they release mindless films like Home on the Range. I hope that eventually, with the support of Small One's greatest fans, we can see to it that there is a Small One DVD one day. (...)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Small One October 27, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Unfortunately I have only recently discovered that Disney Productions have stopped doing any more videos of "The Small One". I have been trying to get hold of this beautiful Christmas story all about a young boy and his old donkey. This video is suitable for both young and old and ideal to watch especially at Christmas time with all the family. It is a video that every household should not be without.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! September 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie for everyone in the family. A great familty tradition for Christmas Movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Little Donkey, BIG heart December 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
One of Don Bluth's (Secret of Nimh, All Dogs Go To Heaven)earlier films, THE SMALL ONE tells the story of a tiny donkey and his boy. When the donkey becomes too old to carry the heavy loads that pay for his feed, his young master is forced to find him a new home... the market place is filled with people who are perfectly willing to work the little donkey to death, but after several near escapes, and almost giving up hope, that someone special comes along...
Small One's message is quiet, but is ably put across... Gentleness is a strength too... I've seen this movie several times, and each time I find tears on my cheeks as the credits roll.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!! November 9, 2004
By mjds
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched "The Small One" every Christmas since before I can remember, and it still makes me cry. The message is simple -- like the song says "There's a place for each small one" -- but one that we all need to hear. Don Bluth's films are at the top of my list for their mastery of storytelling. Although this is a short, it is as emotionaly satisfying as one of his full length features. It is a gem worth tracking down for kids and grown-ups alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little help October 31, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
For those of you who would love to see "The Small One" on DVD, there is hope. While it isn't released on its own, it is being released on Classic Holiday Stories, Vol. 9. Honestly, the whole DVD is a bit of a treat, I think kids today are missing out on some real classics and I was totally pleased to finally find "The Small One" on DVD, my little VHS copy from the TV wasn't going to last much longer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Samll One (1978) November 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
My husband, three children and I truly enjoyed this Christian animated classic. We know that other families will feel the same!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is such a cute movie for kids! It tells the true meaning of Christmas plus sends such a great message about kindness!
Published 6 months ago by J. Bafield
5.0 out of 5 stars great memories
I use to watch this film as a child and now I can enjoy it with my own children. I love it.
Published 19 months ago by Tawana Rohlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Kids Christmas movie
Love this movie - a classic in my home! I am a teacher and even watched it in the classroom with my students!
Published 19 months ago by M Mohler
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
This movie is one of the best Christmas stories for kids. Wish Disney would make this one as a DVD. And it came quickly and in very good condition. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
We all loved this. I had seen it in the theater, but couldn't find it locally. It's a Christmas classic for sure.
Published on January 10, 2012 by Daffodil Paws
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been looking for this movie for 13 years. This is the best...
You'll cry and get happy in the same half hour. Disney at it's best. This is the story of Christmas
Published on February 3, 2010 by Sharryll A. Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great little movie!
Children and parents alike have loved this in our family. The music is fun and the animation is adorable. What a shame this is so hard to find. Worth the price to buy used!
Published on January 4, 2010 by read2think
4.0 out of 5 stars Small One Video
Rec'd in timely manner. Everything was in good shape and was a joy to share. Thanks!
Published on January 5, 2007 by Mary B. Ceurvorst
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood memory
My brother and I loved this Christmas movie as children and I was so happy to find a copy still available. A great story for children and adults alike.
Published on December 13, 2006 by Rebekah Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Heart-Warming Story
I read the reviews other people posted, and I can't believe Disney is not going to bring this wonderful movie to DVD! I came on Amazon specifically to look for this movie. Read more
Published on April 29, 2005 by The Real Me
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