MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 508 this week

Watership Down (1978)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 20,682 users  
Reviews: 152 user | 40 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 18 Sep 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 10 Dec 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 35 images
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Watership Down" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Watership Down (1978)

Watership Down (1978) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Watership Down.

User Polls

1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director: Martin Rosen
Stars: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam
Felidae (1994)
Animation | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner.

Director: Michael Schaack
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mario Adorf, Helge Schneider
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

Directors: Gisaburo Sugii, Arlen Tarlofsky
Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Chika Sakamoto, Junko Hori
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston
Animal Farm (1954)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas
Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin
Barefoot Gen (1983)
Animation | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki
Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle Earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes
Wizards (1977)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Jesse Welles, Bob Holt, Richard Romanus
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Hazel (voice)
...
Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
John Bennett ...
Capt. Holly (voice)
...
Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ...
Blackberry (voice)
Terence Rigby ...
Silver (voice)
...
Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ...
Dandelion (voice)
...
Cowslip (voice)
...
Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
Mary Maddox ...
Clover (voice)
...
Kehaar (voice)
...
Gen. Woundwort (voice)
...
Hyzenthlay (voice)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

rabbit | home | seer | vision | runt | See All (71) »

Taglines:

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.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 4,411,305 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Considered to be the most violent animated PG-rated film ever made. See more »

Goofs

Bigwig disappears then reappears on screen as the rabbits enter the shed near the cemetery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 ...
See more »


Soundtracks

Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simply brilliant
7 April 2004 | by (Landantown) – See all my reviews

'Watership Down' is quite simply my favourite animated film of all time.

The vocal talent, animation style (both in the main story and in the mythical opening), soundtrack and script all work wonderfully, shortening the material of the book but not losing all of its themes. Efrafa was exactly as I imagined it would be from reading the book, Woundwort being suitably scary and unhinged.

Obviously the violence and horrific imagery has been toned down to make the film more accesible to a young audience (at 8 I wore out TWO copies of the film on VHS!!!) but not so much that the film becomes cutesy. Far from it. These are not fluffy bunnies in the vein of Thumper, they are real. They get hurt (Bigwig nearly is killed in a snare, Hazel is shot, Captain Holly arrives nearly dead), they fight, they flee from domestic dogs, cat, from humans with guns. There is blood and violence, the film does not shy away from that...Blackavar's torn ears are as wince-inducing to me now as they were to me when I first saw the film 10 years ago.

What does surprise me now though is that the film is rated U (universal, suitable for all) here in the UK. Not only is there some mild swearing, the level of violence and the visual horror (Fivel seeing the field covered in blood, Holly's description of the warren blocked with dead bodies) is surely at least PG? Hmmm....

To conclude it can be said that watching films from your childhood is often a bad move....they are usually best left in the memory. The same can not be said of Watership Down. Simply brilliant!


35 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Most depressing animated film ever y_gab
My heart has joined the thousand.. bishime
Cowslip's Warren loonygirl47
Martin Rosen securing remake rights Ethan_Capley
True meaning of the book/movie captainkidd1972
If casting for new adaptation, who would you cast? Ethan_Capley
Discuss Watership Down (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page