This animated film featuring the voice of Herschel Bernardi traces the story of Chanukah through the fictional story of a young boy and his faithful donkey. The boy volunteers for a mission to obtain oil for the rededication of the temple. He goes off to Caesaria and overcomes one peril after another and returns successfully to Jerusalem by following the stars.
Although the film takes considerable artistic license with the Chanukah story (especially with similarities to the Christmas story), it is still a delightful way to present Chanukah and the miracle of the oil. Recommended for ages 6-12.
Benjamin and the Miracle of Chanukah
USA, 1978, 30 minutes, color
Directed by Robert Mitchell
Public Exhibition 16mm available