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Apple TV+ released today the trailer for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, the animated short film based on the beloved book.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse — Image © Apple TV+

Heartstrings will be tugged and tissues probably should be handy when watching this upcoming short film.

Based on celebrated author Charlie Mackesy‘s beloved, international best-selling book of the same name, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a story of kindness, friendship, courage, and hope for viewers of all ages.

The poignant journey follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse traveling together in the boy’s search for home.

The film, featuring Mackesy’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full color with beautiful hand-drawn animation, stars BAFTA Award winner Tom Hollander (The White Lotus) as the Mole, SAG Award winner Idris Elba (Luther) as the Fox, Gabriel Byrne (All Things Bright and Beautiful) as the Horse, and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll as the Boy.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse premieres globally (outside the UK) on Sunday, December 25, exclusively on Apple TV+.

The short film is presented in partnership with the BBC and will air in the UK on BBC One and stream on BBC iPlayer during the holiday season.

A Charlie Mackesy film presented by Matthew Freud, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is produced by Oscar® nominee Cara Speller (Pear Cider and Cigarettes) of NoneMore Productions and J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions. Directed by Peter Baynton (The Tiger Who Came to Tea) and Mackesy, the short is adapted from the original book in collaboration with Jon Croker (Paddington 2). The film is executive produced by Jony Ive and Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). The original score is by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Geoff Alexander.


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: Apple TV+ Releases Trailer for Animated Short Film