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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Stunning, thoughtful book adaptation celebrates friendship.

Movie NR 2022 35 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 3+

One questionable moment of dialogue amidst an overall lovely message

At one point, the fox says, “if I weren’t caught in this snare, I’d kill you,” and the mole replies, “if you stay in this snare, you’ll die.” I was really caught off guard by that dialogue considering the existing reviews were really positive and parents rated the movie 3+. As someone who is particularly sensitive to the modeling (positive or negative) in films, I wish I had known the exact language before watching this with my kids. That being said, the overall message is fantastic, there is no other violence to speak of (although a few potentially scary moments of brief peril), and the slower pace is exactly what I look for when selecting media for my 3 and 5-year-old. Overall, it meets my high standards and my kids loved it. They laughed about the mole’s frequent musings over cake, and clapped with glee when the horse started to fly. Very strong messages about friendship and acceptance. PS, the fox and the mole become friends, so we were able to frame the fox/ mole moment as a lesson in how powerful our choices can be (i.e., a fox normally eats moles, but chose to save the mole who showed him kindness; even when someone chooses to use unkind words with you, you can still choose to treat them nicely)
age 4+

Loved it. We all need it

My five year old son enjoyed it and I loved watching it with him. It’s all the messages I wish I could get through to him, but in a loving, interesting way.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (3 ):

For being so visually chilly, this short film absolutely radiates warmth and wonder. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is slightly otherworldly and a little haunting, like predecessors in tone The Snowman, Winnie the Pooh, and The Little Prince, but it's steeped in realistic natural landscapes and deceptively casual conversations. In lesser hands, the film and its many lessons could feel saccharine, but each line is grounded in authenticity, thanks to the writing and expert cast of British actors. It's a lovely new winter classic that families won't want to miss.

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