This year’s Christmas idents for BBC One launch on the channel tonight, Friday 2 December, and feature characters from The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, ahead of the animated film’s premiere on BBC One and iPlayer over the festive period.

Created especially for the BBC by the film’s animators, the three 40-second idents show Charlie Mackesy’s beloved characters across day, dusk and night scenes.

The 32-minute animation is a Matthew Freud production of a Charlie Mackesy film, produced by NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was acquired by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer and Ayela Butt, BBC Drama commissioning executive.

There are three idents. The one that appears here shows an ident where the boy and the mole sharing a Christmas pudding in a snowy wood. A second shows the boy and the mole sitting in a tree at night, while the fox and the horse join them on the snowy ground The third shows the boy and the mole riding on the horse’s back as they walk alongside a river with the fox following behind them

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is  story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope. Hand-drawn, the traditionally animated film is based on Charlie Mackesy’s book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse and follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse travelling together in the boy’s search for home.



Pippa Considine

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