“Things are changing,” says young donkey Bo (voice of Steven Yeun), “I’m not going to be here forever.” Bo works with Old Donkey (voice of Kris Kristofferson) at a grist mill in Nazareth. Down on his luck, Old Donkey says, “I’m okay here; I hope you find what you’re looking for.” That’s the setup for “The Star,” animated version of the Christmas story, told through the adventures of talking animals.
Dozens of animals — and a handful of humans — populate the large cast of “The Star.” The central animal character is earnest Bo who, injured during his escape from grinding work at the mill, is tended by sympathetic Mary.
“The Star” has its heart in the right place for the Christmas story — Mary, Joseph, angels, wise men, shepherds — but does not blend, successfully, dozens of comic animals it adds to the mix. Silly animal jokes, aural and visual, are lame and (mostly) unfunny.
Rated PG for thematic elements, “The Star” runs 86 minutes. It’s a talking animals cartoon. The Christmas story’s there, but not, until the end, up front.
Animated “Star” brings
Silly camels, donkey, dove
To Christmas nativity —
Not much fun, nor much to love.