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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Official Short Film Soundtrack


Composer: Isobel Waller-Bridge
Performed by: BBC Concert Orchestra
Label: Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 23 December 2022

The Masterworks division of Sony Music Entertainment has released the original soundtrack by acclaimed composer, Isobel Waller-Bridge to the eagerly-anticipated animated short film adapted from the bestselling book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by much-loved author, artist and illustrator, Charlie Mackesy. The film takes the audience on a poignant and heartfelt adventure following the four friends as they journey together in the Boy’s search for home, all underpinned by Waller-Bridge’s delightful and captivating score, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of Geoff Alexander...

Anyone who watched The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse this Christmas (2022) will have been captivated by the tale. A big part of the charm is undoubtedly down to Isobel Waller-Bridge's intricate and beautiful score (18 tracks - 27 min, 18 sec). However, it won't be a soundtrack that everyone will enjoy. While it's subtle, beautiful and doesn't outstay its welcome, there's also no standout memorable themes. In truth it's a score that rumbles on nicely providing a consistent melancholic atmosphere.

For fans of the movie, and general subtle scores, this is a soundtrack that rewards listeners the more times they replay it.

Personally, I totally fell in love with it and I know I'll be listening to it as background music for quite some time to come.


Darren Rea

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