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‘Ted Lasso’ cast reunite for animated Christmas short

The much-loved soccer coach searches for his missing moustache in the stop-motion clip

By Joe Goggins

An animated Ted Lasso in 'The Missing Christmas Moustache'.
The AFC Richmond coach's signature 'tache is AWOL in the animation. (Photo: Apple+ TV/YouTube)

The cast of Apple TV+’s hit comedy ‘Ted Lasso’ have reprised their roles to voice a Christmas animation.

‘The Missing Christmas Moustache’ sees Jason Sudeikis’ warm-hearted soccer coach enlist his friends and colleagues in the hunt for his signature facial hair. In addition to Sudeikis, co-stars Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed all lend their vocal talents.

The four-and-a-half minute short is available to watch now on YouTube, and below. In a fashion typical of the feel-good series, the search for the moustache leads to a wholesome realisation about the true meaning of Christmas.

It comes in the same week as Sudeikis, Waddingham and Goldstein notched up Golden Globe nominations for their portrayals of Lasso, AFC Richmond owner Rebecca Welton and club captain Roy Kent, respectively.

The trio have already won Emmy Awards for their performances on the show, for Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series respectively, back in September. The show dominated the comedic categories, also winning Outstanding Comedy Series, and will be well-fancied to repeat the success at the Globes on January 9th.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a third season of ‘Ted Lasso’ will arrive on Apple TV+ in the summer of 2022, although this has yet to be officially confirmed by Apple. On a recent appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, Waddingham said that filming is due to begin on Valentine’s Day. The season could be the the show’s last, with Sudeikis – who also serves as executive producer – on the record multiple times as saying that it was initially envisioned with a three-season arc in mind.

In an October interview with ET, however, Sudeikis – who developed the show from a series of promos for NBC soccer coverage in which Lasso first appeared – seemed to soften his stance. “I feel like a real coach when I have to tell folks you can’t look at season 4 when we’re in the middle of season 3,” he joked. “We can’t worry about the championships when we’re in the first round of playoffs, you know?”