''Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey'' is a ChristmasSpecial produced in StopMotion puppet animation (called "Animagic") by Creator/RankinBassProductions. It was first aired in 1977.

The film is narrated by Santa Claus's donkey, Speiltoe, voiced by Roger Miller. He tells the tale of a donkey with abnormally long ears named Nestor, who lived in the days of UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire. Every animal in the stable disliked Nestor because of his ears, and they inadvertently lead to his exile from his farm. After losing his mother, Nestor makes a great, perilous journey with the help of a cherub, and soon goes to fulfill his destiny as an integral part in the birth of Jesus Himself.

Compare with Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[AnimatedFilms theatrical release]] ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' for a somewhat similar premise.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: The crooked donkey salesman looks at Mary, and her aura of holiness compels him to give Nestor to her for free. Once they leave, he wonders why on earth he did that.
* ChristmasSpecial: It tells the story of a who helped Mary get to Bethlehem. With all the cute animals and angels, one might think this a cheery, happy kind of special but it really isn't.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After a lifetime of abuse, mockery, losing his mother, and other various hardships, Nestor becomes a revered hero in helping Mary get to Bethlehem and is welcomed back to his old home with open arms.
* EasilyForgiven - At the end, Nestor goes home to the donkey breeder, who kicked him out into the cold, and the other animals who made fun of him, and seems perfectly happy to see them all now that they're welcoming him back as a hero.
* EtherealChoir: Actually a plot point; Nestor's large ears let him hear the singing angels despite the sandstorm making it impossible to see, thus guiding him to Bethlehem.
%%* FantasticReligiousWeirdness
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Almost said word for word about Rudolph when Spieltoe is naming Santa's reindeer, as he muses that Rudolph's story is for another time.
%%* {{Jerkass}} - Pretty much everyone is this to Nestor, except his mom, Tilly, Joseph, and Mary. (How exactly are they being jerks?)
* KidsAreCruel: The other young donkeys on the farm are cruel to Nestor for his large ears.
%%* MissingMom: She pulls a HeroicSacrifice. (Whose mom? How does this effect the character?)
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Apparently "angels" visit humans, while "cherubs" visit animals.
* SacrificialLion: Nestor's mother freezes to death in a blizzard using her body to protect her son, forcing him to go on alone.
* StarOfBethlehem: What the story concludes with.
* StopMotion: The film's animation style.
* TalkingAnimal: The animals speak English to each other, but not to the human characters.