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Nestor isn't the best Rankin-Bass special, but it's worth seeing for its serious midsection and gratifying conclusion.
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.
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.
A terrible rewrite of Rudolph without any of the magic.
There are charming moments (as there are in all Rankin/Bass specials) but it never delivers quite as well as it should.
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.
Nestor is a cute, fun little story sure to delight children of all ages -- it's just not Rankin/Bass' finest hour.
Clearly desperate to duplicate the success of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Nestor fails to recapture the magic of its inspiration, or provide us with anything new.
The donkey is adorable, but that's pretty much all this story has going for it.
Christmas Movie Review Mania
Episode #8: Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is like Rudolph only more heart-warming. That is a fact. This is a beautiful Christmas special that ACTUALLY promotes the true meaning of the holiday. Not going to give away a lot. Check it out for yourself! Especially, the kiddies!
Number 12 is another Rankin/Bass Production, Nestor the long ear donkey, A story about a young donkey with long ears who is teased because of his ears, but in the end Nestor is at the manger with the Baby Jesus. An Joseph and Mary choose Nestor as there Donkey. Not as good as some of the other Rankin/Bass Productions but still a sweet animation of 1977 with Roger Miller telling the story. Still an excellent Christian Story. 4 stars for this one.
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