A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and friendship are big themes. The love of family and the opportunity to create your own family are also addressed. Lots of advice is shared by the animals, including "life is difficult, but you are loved."
Positive Role Models
The boy is determined and kind. The mole is helpful and warm; the two work together to bring the best out of the hard-to-understand fox.
Violence & Scariness
Moments of mild tension when the boy and mole feel threatened by the fox. The fox threatens to kill the mole. A character nearly drowns but is saved. A winter storm presents danger to the travelers.
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Based on a popular book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a short film based on the popular children's book by Charlie Mackesy. It follows the journey of a boy (voiced by Jude Coward Nicoll) who's looking for home; on his way, he meets three animals who help and advise him on life's big questions. Expect a few moments of peril, such as when the other animals are threatened by the fox (Idris Elba) and when a character nearly drowns crossing a wild river. But overall this gentle special is beautifully animated and deliberately paced, and families of all ages will appreciate its lessons. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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