Hazlegrove Pupil Stars In The Velveteen Rabbit On Apple TV+

By Anoop Bhuller

7 months ago

Available to watch this Christmas

A pupil from Hazlegrove School, Phoenix L, is starring in the film adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit which is now available on Apple TV+.

William (voiced by Phoenix L) in 'The Velveteen Rabbit'

William (voiced by Phoenix L) in ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

The film is based on the 1922 classic book, by screenwriter Tom Bidwell also known from My Mad Fat Diary. As well as Martin Pope, know from The Gruffalo.

Phoenix auditioned for the role in 2022 and filming for the movie commenced in Dublin in November 2022. 

The cast includes Helena Bonham-Cater as Wise Horse, Nicola Coughlan as the Playroom Fairy, Alex Lauther as Velveteen Rabbit and Tilly Vosburgh as Momo.

'The Velveteen Rabbit', now streaming on Apple TV+

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, now streaming on Apple TV+

Phoenix’s mum, Zoe, has spoken about the filming process. She said that voice recording for the animation scenes was one of the most challenging parts of his role. He quickly adapted to the recording process and enjoyed all of it. 

Phoenix was amazed by the costumes that were made for him, including pyjamas, a school uniform and cricket outfit which were all bespoke. 

A tutor was also on set during filming to help Phoenix keep on track with his school work.

Animation scene from 'The Velveteen Rabbit'

Animation scene from ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

Fellow pupils at Hazlegrove School watched the film’s trailer at their end-of-term Celebration Assembly. 

Ed Benbow, Headmaster, commented: ‘We are so proud of Phoenix – it was a privilege for the whole school to watch the trailer together, and we are very much looking forward to watching the film!’

You can watch the film now on Apple TV+