Down 67 this week

Watership Down (1978)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  1 November 1978 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 23,154 users  
Reviews: 161 user | 57 critic

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



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

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
Watership Down (TV Series 1999)
Adventure | Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The adventures of a warren of rabbits as they struggle to develop their new home & protect it from the various threats they face.

Stars: Richard Briers, Jane Horrocks, Andrew Falvey
Felidae (1994)
Animation | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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 | Drama | War
    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 | 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 | 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 | Adventure | Fantasy
    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
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
Wizards (1977)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    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
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Stars: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin
Akira (1988)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata


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)


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


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.


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

Box Office


SEK 4,411,305 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


In Holly's flashback of his time in Efrafa - which occurs long before the other rabbits have even heard of Efrafa - Bigwig can be clearly seen talking with the Efrafan rabbits (this was taken from a scene later in the movie). See more »


[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 »


Version of Watership Down (1999) See more »


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

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.

61 of 63 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Most depressing animated film ever y_gab
If casting for new adaptation, who would you cast? Ethan_Capley
Rating? ProfessorFrink79
My heart has joined the thousand.. bishime
Cowslip's Warren loonygirl47
Alternate Versions/Lengths??? fluffhead34
Discuss Watership Down (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page