On this day in 1978, Disney's Christmas-themed animated short The Small One was released (along with the re-release of the 1940 Pinocchio) to theaters. Based on the book by Charles Tazewell, The Small One was an experiment for the newer and younger animators - most notably Don Bluth (who directed the short).
It tells the story of a young Judean boy (voiced by Sean Marshall) who must part with his best friend - and old donkey named Small One. Although it makes the boy sad, the animal is sold to a kind man who needs a gentle donkey to carry his pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem.
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