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Watership Down (1978)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Mary Maddox ...
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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rabbit | home | seer | vision | runt | See All (71) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

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SEK 4,411,305 (Sweden)
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1.66 : 1
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John Hurt and Richard Briers (who played Hazel and Fiver, respectively, in the film) would later return to voice General Woundwort and the new character, Captain Broom, respectively in Watership Down (1999), a TV series remake of the film. See more »

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

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[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 ...
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Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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Excellent animated film--more for older children and adults
6 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

British animated film about a bunch of rabbits leaving their old warren (which one psychic rabbit can tell is going to be destroyed) and searching for a new one. The movie recounts their adventures searching for one.

It may sound like a movie ideal for little kids--but it really isn't. It's an excellent adaptation of Richard Adams book which was written more for teenagers and adults. It's an ecological tale of how men are destroying the earth and (inadvertently it seems) killing innocent wildlife. It's also a very interesting story about how a group of rabbits survive on their own.

The animation is excellent--right up there with Walt Disney. The score is great, the script intelligent and the voices used perfectly match the characters. However, as I said, this isn't really for little kids. The story is dead serious and the only humor is provided by the bird Kehaar (who I personally found very annoying although Zero Mostel DOES have fun with the voice). Also, at the end, it gets very violent and quite bloody. When I saw it in a theatre in 1978 one small kid was in tears by the conclusion. So, use your own judgment but I would never let a small kid see this. This is perfect for teenagers and adults. A 10.


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