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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 more »

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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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Release Date:

1 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 4,411,305 (Sweden)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally directed by John Hubley, who died in 1977. He and his wife Faith's work can still be found in the film, most notably in the "fable" scene. See more »

Goofs

In a wide shot of Bigwig spotting Hyzenthlay and Blackavar in the distance, they appear as two rabbits with normal, erect ears. In the next shot, Blackavar's ears are shredded and drooping, as they should be. 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 ...
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Connections

Referenced in I'm Alan Partridge: Watership Alan (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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My favorite animated film!
17 May 1999 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

The first great animated film to come around in the entire history of motion pictures! It's not only original(shying away from the traditional "Disney" formula), but it's the first animated film to ponder the meaning of life itself! I was really moved by it! With "Disney" films, you know what to expect. This was like watching a Terrence Malick film; beautiful, subtle, spiritual, and important for our lives. The only difference is that it's animated with "cute & cuddly" cartoon characters. This is a film both adults and children alike will enjoy and learn from, because it is a social commentary on facism, and it is a spiritual film. It's spirituality lies in it's initial message, which is about facing death, and avoiding it as well. Not that you can avoid death, but that you can have a sense of self preservation, purpose, and a place in life. The most inspirational line of the movie is "All the world will be your enemy. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they have to catch you.". All of your life, you will continue to meet people who like you, and those that will attack you. Be strong, stand tall, "and your people will never be destroyed.". That is basically, in a few words, what the world and the meaning of life is really all about!


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