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Animated Short ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ on Apple TV+ Dec. 25

Apple Original Films announced that the animated short film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, based on the internationally best-selling book of the same name by Charlie Mackesy, will start streaming on Apple TV+ on Christmas Day.

The film, featuring Mackesy’s distinctive illustrations brought to life with hand-drawn animation, stars BAFTA Award winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) as The Mole, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Idris Elba (“Luther”) as The Fox, Golden Globe Award winner Gabriel Byrne (“All Things Bright and Beautiful”) as The Horse, and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll as The Boy.

A story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope, the short follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse travelling together in the boy’s search for home.

The film is presented in partnership with the BBC, which will premiere the program in the United Kingdom, with the film available on Apple TV+ outside of the United Kingdom.

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“The journey of making the film of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse with my incredibly gifted animation team has been a magical one,” Mackesy said in a statement. “I never dreamed it would happen — but it’s so moving to think the story will be watched at Christmas. I really hope it brings a bit of joy, laughter and comfort.”

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