A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

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Cast

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Hazel (voice)
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Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
John Bennett ...
Capt. Holly (voice)
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Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ...
Blackberry (voice)
Terence Rigby ...
Silver (voice)
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Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ...
Dandelion (voice)
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Cowslip (voice)
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Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
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Clover (voice)
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Kehaar (voice)
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Gen. Woundwort (voice)
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Hyzenthlay (voice)
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Storyline

Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes. Not recommended for young children. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you... but first they must catch you.


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1 November 1978 (USA)  »

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In the UK, the film opened at the Empire, Leicester Square cinema on the 19th October 1978 and expanded to the rest of the UK the following year. It became 6th highest grossing film of 1979 at the British box office. See more »

Goofs

After Bigwig is rescued from the snare, thanks to having the wooden peg dug out of the ground, there's a wider shot showing the snare and the wooden peg. There should be a hole near the peg to note that rabbits had just dug it out of the ground, but no hole appears. All you see is the peg lying on the ground. See more »

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Narrator: Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars and the world lived among the stars. Frith made all the animals and birds and, at first, made them all the same. Now, among the animals was El-Ahrairah, the Prince of Rabbits. He had many friends and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to ...
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Referenced in Raised by Wolves: Little Orphan Mannie (2015) See more »

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Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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Watership Down is Amazing
2 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am twelve years old and I personally loved it. It is one of the most touching films I have seen. All to do with these rabbits hardships. Some of it made me laugh whilst other bits made me cry, but thats just me. It is very good and also makes you think about what could be happening in real life. My dad used to take me shooting rabbits, but after Watership Down I never went again. The graphics may not be as high quality as some of the newest releases but don't let that put you off. It is a remarkable film and I loved it. Don't think that older films are no good because Watership Down is AMAZING! I think if you are under the age of eight then you might not like it due to some violence and gore, but eight plus with love it. Even adults will enjoy it.


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