The Story of Christmas

Theatrical Release: October 6, 1994
DVD Release: October 6, 1994
The Story of Christmas


One starry night, the baby Jesus is brought into the world and a bright, twinkling light signals that the new savior is born. As everyone rejoices, King Herod becomes jealous and threatens the Christ child. But a courageous and unlikely pair—an ox and a donkey living in the stable when Jesus is born—spring into action to foil his evil plan. As the ox recruits other barnyard animals to help slow down the king’s soldiers, the donkey guides the baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary to safety. This is a delightful animated tale and is the perfect Christmas movie for the whole family.

Dove Review

This animated movie tells the story of the first Christmas and then some! In addition to the traditional story, we get the tale of a donkey and ox and the innkeeper who loaned his stall to Joseph and Mary so that Mary could have her baby. We see other animals as well, including camels, a zebra, a dog and a goat.

King Herod wants to find the baby to destroy him, but an angel of the Lord warns Joseph to flee with the infant. Although Herod has the baby boys two years of age and younger killed, the worst we see are the frightened mothers holding their babies. We get to know the ox and donkey well in this story, as they help keep an eye on baby Jesus. They share humorous moments too, as donkey calls the ox “You big ox!”

We are awarding “The Story of Christmas” our Dove Faith Friendly Seal for all ages. It not only brings the traditional Nativity story to life, but the animals in the story as well.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Fool-1; Donkey is called "You tired, old bag of bones" as a joke more than anything; "You old good for nothing," Ox says to donkey when donkey's beard bothers his nose.
Violence: Stated that Herod wants the baby Jesus dead and he has boy children two years of age and under killed, but we just see the mothers holding the babies in their arms; crocodile tries to bite a small donkey that escapes; Roman guard is kicked after trying to use pitchfork on dog and boards fall on guard and donkey.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: In an imagined scene, man tells Mary and Joseph they are in danger from the Romans; animals help keep baby Jesus safe.


Company: Cinedigm
Director: Henri Heidsieck
Producer: Patrick Moine
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 47 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Capenter