On Why Charlie Mackesy’s “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse” Tugs at the Heart

14 Jan
Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse

The children’s book that this short is based on is available to purchase on Amazon USA

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse is a very deeply moving story that’s very multilayered. This animated short is adapted from Charlie Mackesy‘s storybook of the same name, and it left me wondering how faithful the art is between the two. I debated purchasing a copy at a bookstore just because I loved the tale. But hot after its Christmas release, both they and even the local libraries couldn’t keep it on the shelf long, and I waited my turn to take it out.

The movie has a quality that feels like a Victorian age children’s novel has come to life. In regards to what this author wanted to share as a message to viewers is very encouraging. There’s more to teaching readers the value of compassion, but also love. And the other life lessons that it imparts will certainly have many thinking. When it’s beautifully complemented with a piano soundtrack, the comtemplative feel good vibes will certainly last!

Here, we don’t know the identity of this lad, and I believe he represents the every man in his youth. This individual is in a stage in life where realising his self-worth is important. Sadly, he’s alone and feeling isolated. The release over the holidays is perfect to show nobody is ever truly alone. There’ll be someone to help you.

In the case of this lad, he has the titular mole, fox, and fox. That’s the actual order of whom he meets in his private journey. The snowy landscape is never too chilly, and for the mole, he loves it. This playful creature represents a side of the kid that isn’t too fearful of anything. He’s almost like Winnie the Pooh, such that the relationship is almost a carbon copy of everything I adore from the classic releases. The Fox is more from Aesop’s world and for the horse, the surprise will have many gasping in delight! I won’t spoil it, but the imagery is as timeless as those old children’s books published back in the day.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse is very encouraging. Just how this group of animals with a lone human work together shows that help is but a whisper away. We just have to acknowledge that it’s okay to feel down. When there are aspects of the boy, represented by the animals, who can help, his depression isn’t as bad as we think. As for that classic line we hear all the time. While I learned, “Now you know. And knowing is half the battle…” from G.I. Joe, this adage can be used here to help anyone deal with uncertainty.

5 Stars out of 5

Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse Trailer

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