Tuesday, December 9, 2008

RATE IT! Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the annual television airings of the Rankin & Bass holiday specials.

Many of us in North America grew up with these TV specials -- we sing all the songs, know the dialogue by heart, and some of us even own the toys (*ahem* -- guilty as charged!). Everyone recalls 'Rudolph', 'Frosty', 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' and 'The Little Drummer Boy'...but don't forget the lesser known specials. Many of these less famous gems are just as entertaining and heart-felt. You might even prefer them.

One of my faves is 'Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey'. Ears, Nestor! Aw, just hearing little Nestor's Mother whispering those words of advice gets the tear ducts going! Like Rudolph, Nestor is shunned by his stable mates & has to overcome great odds to find his purpose in the world. The story's message tugs at your heart & only the Grinchiest will feel unmoved. Me, I cry on every viewing.

Shame that this special gets left on the shelf most Christmas seasons - it should be aired annually. Luckily you can have your Christmas viewing; it's included on the DVD for 'Year Without a Santa Claus.'

NEW!! Now you can watch Nestor - click here!

3 comments:

Cary said...

I've never even HEARD of that, and I grew up watching an assload of TV. Where do you live?

Lose That Girl said...

Hey Cary. I'm in Toronto. I can't remember the first time I saw "Nestor' on TV, or who aired it. We do have a youth channel, YTV, that would air one of these specials every night so perhaps we got to see more of the Rankin/Bass library than most. It's a gem. So is the 'First Christmas Snow'.

tracey said...

I LOVE Nestor! I am ashamed to say I ofrgot about him - wnder if I can find it online...

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