The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Movie review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse TV Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 5+

Stunning, thoughtful book adaptation celebrates friendship.

NR 2022 35 minutes

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 8+

Disappointing take on the scenario

Disclaimer: I never read the book so I’m a judging the story, not just the artwork and production. This was a heartfelt story of a boy getting lost in the snow. Little is explained as to how he got lost, of where his home is. The interactions with the animals are surprisingly deep, but occasionally feel abrupt. My main problem is with the ending. Spoiler alert: the child decides to stay lost in the snow. For some reason he doesn’t think to bring his friends with him, so instead will live in the woods in the middle of winter with no food and the only heat coming from the horse’s torso. No discussion is made to how they will survive, just that they will stay together. This feels like it was intended as a cute story to indicate that your “home” is where you are with people who love you. That is admirable. However, freezing to death or dying of starvation are major problems that shouldn’t be ignored so cavalierly.
2 people found this helpful.
age 5+

A film about mental health for young children

Amazing for anyone 5 and up. A film to CO-view, not suitable to have your child watch it on their own without any context. It's all about mental health. So parts get really sad, but this is a very important topic and it's highly recommend.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • The Little Prince Poster Image

    The Little Prince

    Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.

    age 10+
  • The Snowman Poster Image

    The Snowman

    Muddled, dull serial killer thriller has gory violence.

    age 17+
  • The Gruffalo Poster Image

    The Gruffalo

    Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.

    age 3+

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of an elephant
    Wild Animals
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate