Apple TV+ spreads joy with animated holiday short on ‘Ted Lasso’

Apple TV+ recently dropped a stop motion short Ted Lasso – The Missing Christmas Mustache, featuring the voice talents of the loving ensemble cast of an Emmy Award-winning live-action series Ted Lasso. Available to watch now on Apple TV+, the four minutes and thirty six seconds holiday short stars Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed, same as the comedy series.

In the animated short, they help Ted search for a lost item that ultimately leads him to realize the meaning of the holiday season.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

In the live action series, Sudeikis is Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team despite having no experience. But what he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with optimism, underdog determination… and biscuits. Sarah Niles joins the cast in the second season as Sharon, a sports psychologist who has been brought in to work with AFC Richmond.

Recently, Ted Lasso was named an ‘AFI Television Program of the Year’ and honored with multiple critics choice nominations, including best comedy series. In addition to best comedy series, Sudeikis, Waddingham and Goldstein each received critics choice nominations for best actor, best supporting actress and best supporting actor in a comedy series, respectively with the widely adored show sweeping all categories in which it was nominated at last year’s ceremony.

This also follows its history-making Emmys, where Ted Lasso broke records by becoming the most nominated freshman comedy series, with 20 nominations and winning the top prizes, including best comedy, best actor, best supporting actress and best supporting actor. The series was also honored with an esteemed Peabody Award for excellence in storytelling.