Jason Sudeikis’ beloved soccer coach Ted Lasso is back in an animated short film, The Missing Christmas Mustache, this Christmas. The 4-minute, 35-second special features the cast of Ted Lasso. Jason Sudeikis’ special, which features Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed, voice their own characters.
As the title suggests, the four-and-a-half minute short takes the titular coach on a journey to find his signature ‘stache, which suddenly goes missing, featuring the voices of the Ted Lasso cast in claymation form.
Everyone is gathered in AFC Richmond’s locker room and they’re gobsmacked after seeing Lasso without his trademark facial feature. The group then devise a plan to find the mustache before that strategy comes to a screeching halt in place of “catching” the elusive ‘stache.
Lasso eventually gets a mustache drawn on him before he gives up on that plan altogether. He’s bummed about it, because he fears his son, Henry, won’t recognize him when they FaceTime each other in an hour.
The series is often praised for its wholesome yet realistic approach to themes like mental health and interpersonal relationships.
The lead character was originally created for a series of 2013 NBC Sports commercials promoting the network’s overseas soccer coverage.
Ted Lasso earned 20 Emmy nominations this year in seven statuettes.
Jason Sudeikis, who created and executive produces the series, won his first career Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Goldstein and Waddingham also won Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively. The show also took top honors in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
The series also earned four Golden Globe nods and is up for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy where it’ll compete against The Great, Hacks, Only Murders in the Building, and Reservation Dogs.
Ted Lasso was renewed for a third season in October 2020, which is expected to hit the streaming service in 2022. The series’ arc was originally intended to last just three seasons, but series co-executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) told EW in June that there’s hope Ted Lasso will continue after its Season 3 wrap-up. “The initial story Jason had in his head is a three-season arc, [but] I’m hopeful there’s more Ted Lasso stories to tell after three seasons,” Lawrence said. “Hey, in my head, I’m like, Ted Lasso moves home and he should coach the professional team that’s a block away from Jason’s home in real life.” Sudeikis also commented on the potential for more Ted Lasso, saying, “The story that’s being told — that three-season arc — is one that I see, know, and understood. I’m glad that [Apple is] willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”