Apple Original Films lands animated short film ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,’ executive produced by Jony Ive and Woody Harrelson

Apple Original Films today announced that the animated short “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” based on the international bestseller of the same name by acclaimed author Charlie Mackesy, will arrive on Apple TV + on Christmas Day. The film is produced by former Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.

Apple Original Films makes the animated short
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” debuts on Christmas Day on Apple TV +.

The film, featuring Mackesy’s signature illustrations brought to life in full color with beautiful hand-drawn animations, stars BAFTA award winner Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) as the mole, the Golden Globe and the winner of the SAG Award Idris Elba (“Luther”) as The Fox, Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (“All Things Bright and Beautiful”) as The Horse and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll as The Boy. The film is presented in collaboration with the BBC.

A story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope for viewers of all ages in a classic and moving animated film based on Charlie Mackesy’s book, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”. The touching and heartfelt journey follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse traveling together in search of the boy’s home.
“The journey of making the movie ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ with my incredibly gifted animation team was magical,” says author Charlie Mackesy. “I never imagined it would happen, but it’s so heartwarming to think the story will be seen at Christmas. I really hope it brings some joy, laughter and comfort. “

Matthew Freud presents a Charlie Mackesy film, produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Cara Speller (“Love, Death & Robots”, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”, “Rocket & Groot”) of NoneMore Productions and Emmy Award winner JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions. Directed by Peter Baynton (“The Tiger Who Came To Tea”) and Charlie Mackesy, the film is an adaptation of the original book in collaboration with Jon Croker (“Paddington 2”). Original score by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Geoff Alexander.

The film is presented in collaboration with the BBC, which will premiere “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” in the UK, with the film available on Apple TV + outside the UK this Christmas.

Apple TV + offers compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and entertainment for children and families, and is available to watch on all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV + became the first all-original streaming service launched worldwide and premiered more original hits and received more accolades faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have garnered 278 wins and 1,164 award nominations, including the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner “CODA.

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