Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is a lovely Christmas tale that I had seen years ago when it first came out but had not watched again until it showed up on a DVD I recently acquired. I wondered why I had not watched it years because I recognized the name of the program and knew it had been on TV. Well, it was not long into watching it that I knew my answer.
My problem is that I am very animal sensitive, even with cartoons and any type of animation. I can watch people bite the dust, but not animals. Just think Bambi or even The Lion King and you will know what happens here. It just breaks my heart. I am confident that it registered in the back of my mind in 1977 when the show aired originally.
In fact, I probably will not watch it again, but that does not negate the fact that this is a solid Christmas story with a positive message.
Like Rudolph with his nose, Happy the baby new year with his ears, Nestor the donkey has his own sensitive area — his very long ears. He is made fun of, and his dear mother is always reminding him to keep his ears folded up.
After tragedy occurs, Nestor goes out on his own and eventually meets his cherub, a lovely little angel like creature named Tilly. She guides him to a spot near Bethelhem and tells him that soon it will be time to go there.
You can probably guess the outcome if you know the Christmas story. Nestor ends up providing transportation to a special couple, and it changes his life, of course.
The story is inspirational and it uses that same misfit device that makes us feel his pain. We root for him, and in the end, Nestor overcomes all.
Brenda Vaccaro voices Tilly, and does an amazing job. She’s my favorite character, except for Nestor’s mom. I am not sure who does her voice, but it really appealed to me, and she was a great mom.
So, as long as you aren’t animal sensitive as much as I am, this is definitely a holiday story you should watch at some point.