Former Apple chief of design Jony Ive has added yet one more collaboration with the Cupertino firm to its resumé. According to an Apple TV Plus press launch, Ive is the chief producer for the brand new animated brief Christmas movie “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse,” which relies on the award-winning e book by Charlie Mackesy.
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“A story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope for viewers of all ages in a heartwarming, classically animated film based on Charlie Mackesy’s book, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.’ The poignant and heartfelt journey follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse travelling together in the boy’s search for home,” reads the press launch.
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse” will likely be out there on Christmas Day. It options Charlie Mackesy’s illustrations delivered to life in full colour with hand-drawn animation.
The movie stars AFTA 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. The movie is introduced in partnership with BBC.
“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,” says creator Charlie Mackesy. “I never dreamt 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.”
The movie is produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Cara Speller (“Love, Death & Robots,” “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”) of NoneMore Productions and Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions. Directed by Peter Baynton (“The Tiger Who Came To Tea”) and Charlie Mackesy, the movie is customized from the unique e book in collaboration with Jon Croker (“Paddington 2”). The movie is government produced by Jony Ive and Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). Original rating by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, carried out by the BBC Concert Orchestra and carried out by Geoff Alexander.
Who would have thought that Jony Ive’s subsequent contribution to Apple could be a TV Plus unique? This movie will premiere within the UK on BBC and out of doors the UL on Apple TV Plus this Christmas