In the days leading up to Christ's birthday, a little donkey (voiced by Steven Yeun) and his friends help Mary (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph (voiced by Zachary Levi) find a place to stay and escape the wrath of the King of Judea and Roman leaders. Also with the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Timothy Reckart. [1:26]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A clothed man on a sleeping mat holds the hand of a teen girl, his wife, who is on another sleeping mat.
► A woman tells a man at their wedding party that she is pregnant and he is surprised. A husband hugs his wife and we see her with a swollen belly under her long dress. A pregnant woman groans in pain and says it is time for the baby to come; we later see a baby in her arms.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A giant assassin wearing metal armor, helmet and with heavy shoes, carries a long, curved sword that is notched twice behind the point and he holds a heavy chain attached to a fighting dog; the assassin chokes a man and throws him off-screen, chokes another man against a wall and releases him, and pushes a woman off a street, sticks the sword through a wooden gate, unlatches it, and chases a donkey, knocking it to the ground, but it escapes.
► An assassin hangs over a cliff with a chain holding two dogs over one of his arms when he purposely drops the dogs, and a donkey catches them by their connecting chain and drags them to safety; the assassin jams his long sword into the top landing of the cliff, the ledge breaks away and he falls (we see his empty helmet hit the ground with a thud and we do not see him again and he's presumably dead).
► A donkey pretends to fall and when a man returns another donkey swings the arm of a millstone into the man and knocks him down; the animal escapes when his harnesses and collar fall off, the man gives chase and is hit by falling crockery and a bucket of paint in the streets and the donkey and the man fall into a chicken coop causing the birds to yelp, and the donkey escapes and runs into a couple of fruit carts and a display table spraining a leg (a young woman splints the leg). A man ties a donkey to a stable pillar, but it escapes when a bird pecks the man in the eyes (no injury is seen); the man swats the bird to the ground, but it is not hurt. An assassin falls when a flock of sheep charges him and a bird hits him in the eye with a talon (we see no injury). A cart of crashing pottery hits an assassin as it falls, and the man sails through a wooden kiosk, reducing it to sticks. A man falls over a donkey, hits his head on a wooden fence, and falls on his back; no injuries are showing. A donkey slams his head into a gate several times, unable to open it. A donkey kicks a dog across an alley. A dog knocks a donkey down and stands on him. A man lifts a donkey by its mane and drops it (no injuries are shown). A man falls to the bottom of a well, but he climbs out unharmed. A donkey falls down a hill and lies there, groaning, but is not seriously injured. A donkey chained to a millstone upsets a rack of pottery that crashes to the ground in pieces; a lamp overturns and sets a low table on fire with yellow flames until the miller enters the area and shouts at the donkey, placing it into a collar and harness.
► An assassin and two fighting dogs scare a donkey in its enclosure with the dogs snapping and snarling, but the donkey escapes when a bird distracts the dogs; the donkey runs away into the wilderness and slides to a stop at a cliff drop-off, screaming and he falls and slides down the cliff and over large rocks, finally landing on top of a bird on the ground; when the donkey stands up he finds the bird, complaining of being in a lot of pain, is plastered to the donkey's buttock (the bird is not seriously hurt). A camel kicks a stone into the head of a soldier in the background and the man falls unconscious. A cow hits a goat on the head with a hoof. An assassin makes a torch with a stick of wood and fire from a lantern.
► A king growls, "Get rid of the Messiah" and later, "I'll just have to kill them all (children in Bethlehem)." Two fighting dogs on a heavy chain confront a donkey in an alley and a dog says, "We should have eaten him when we first met him." A bird tells a donkey that a grain miller was perhaps going to eat the donkey. A fighting dog says, "We're gonna die." Another fighting dog snarls, "Someone's gonna die." Three camels argue and bicker throughout the film. A sheep roars in close-up into the camera.
► An angel appears to a teen girl as faceless, blue-white light with small swirling lights like fireflies, and a deep voice, and then shoots into the sky to become the Star of Bethlehem. A sheep stomps on a large rock, thunder sounds, and two angels appear to shepherds and sheep, with firefly lights; one of the angels speaks in a deep voice. Lights like fireflies float around a man briefly as he prays.
► A goat gnaws on a pole and shows his tongue in close-up, several splinters sticking in it. Two fighting dogs toss a jerboa between them several times and one dog swallows it; the other dog orders the first dog to spit it out, which it finally does after an argument and the rodent runs away.
► A bird shakes its rear end into the camera lens several times and into the faces of two dogs and a donkey. We see a close-up of a donkey's hind quarters wiggling toward the camera twice.
PROFANITY 1 - 2 mild scatological references, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (good for nothing animals, good for nothing donkey, good for nothing bully, crazy, silly, rotten, dumb, useless, shack, mutt, nightmare in a helmet, knife-wielding psycho, evil shoe king), exclamations (oh my gosh, wow, whoa), 13 religious exclamations (The Holy Spirit Will Come Upon You, Unto You A Child Is Born Who Is Christ The Lord, His Name Is Jesus, Lord Jesus, Lord I Can't Do This, God Chose Us For A Reason). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man in a house drinks from a goblet and a man at a wedding party drinks from a goblet (these may or may not be goblets of wine).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Feeling worthy, making choices, find one's calling, patience, forgiveness, faith, the Nativity, Bible stories, angels, fear, courage, determination, loyalty, sacrifice, helping others, becoming a leader, redemption, friendship, love, trust.
MESSAGE - God's plans for us are not always easy. The Nativity will be remembered for thousands of years.