Advent Calendar House: The Small One
Day 13: Part 2 of our Christmas donkey double feature takes a deep dive into Don Bluth’s last Disney project, The Small One, a short film released in front of the 1978 re-release of Pinocchio.
On this episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), a scrawny, undernourished little beast.
- Lindy Kempe (@ieatvideogames), a friendly face who’s gentle and true.
- Brandon Medley (@brandmed), good enough to be in a king’s stable.
Topics and tangents
- Like so many Disney movies, it’s based on a book — The Small One: A Story for Those Who Like Christmas and Small Donkeys.
- It’s directed by Don Bluth, so of course we get talking about Dragon’s Lair.
- The Land Before Time toys from Pizza Hut.
- Mouse in Transition: When Everyone Left Disney, Chapter 7 of Steve Hulett’s inside look at Disney Feature Animation deals with Don Bluth’s exit from the company after working on The Small One.
- Don Bluth Returns to Walt Disney Animation Studios after 40 Years.
- Assistant director Richard Rich went on to direct all 8 movies in The Swan Princess franchise. I’m sorry to have just informed you that there are 8 Swan Princess movies.
- The Small One’s Wikipedia entry includes a very strange line about the other donkeys in Small One’s stable.
- One piece of silver, Small One’s selling price, may be about $5 or $6 in 2018 money, if I did the math right.
- Edits on home video, including the Merchants’ song,and the Star of Bethlehem getting extra rays of light to look less cross-shaped. To avoid too much foreshadowing, I guess.
- Gordon Jump, the voice of Joseph, went on to guest star in a very special episode of Diff’rent Strokes. Yeah. Sorry.
- Somehow we end up talking about Pixar movies, including Cars 3, a.k.a. Rocky IV, but with Cars.