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Writers:
Richard Adams (novel)
Martin Rosen (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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.
Plot:
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Simply brilliant See more (152 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hurt ... Hazel (voice)

Richard Briers ... Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ... Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
John Bennett ... Capt. Holly (voice)

Ralph Richardson ... Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ... Blackberry (voice)
Terence Rigby ... Silver (voice)

Roy Kinnear ... Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ... Dandelion (voice)

Denholm Elliott ... Cowslip (voice)

Lynn Farleigh ... Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
Mary Maddox ... Clover (voice)

Zero Mostel ... Kehaar (voice)

Harry Andrews ... Gen. Woundwort (voice)

Hannah Gordon ... Hyzenthlay (voice)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Capt. Campion (voice) (as Nigel Hawthorn)
Clifton Jones ... Blackavar (voice)
Derek Griffiths ... Vervain (voice)

Michael Hordern ... Frith (voice)

Joss Ackland ... Black Rabbit (voice)
Michelle Price ... Lucy (voice)

Directed by
Martin Rosen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Adams  novel
Martin Rosen  written by

Produced by
Martin Rosen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Angela Morley 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
 
Production Management
Dennis Gardiner .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Ray Mervin .... sound effects mixer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Philip Campbell .... optical editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Moses Agyemang .... camera operator
Ron Boston .... camera operator
Alan Buchan .... camera operator
Les Green .... camera operator
Tony Haines .... camera operator
Denis Hall .... camera operator
Julian Holdaway .... camera operator
Bob Mintern .... camera operator
Christopher Morgan .... camera operator
Barry Orsborn .... camera operator
David Smith .... camera operator
Chris Williams .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Margot Allen .... trace and paint artist
Jose Amoros-Sanz .... trace and paint artist (as Jose Sanz)
Lynne Anderson .... trace and paint artist (as Lynn Anderson)
Alan Andrews .... trace and paint artist
Luciana Arrighi .... monster design
Ralph Ayres .... animator
Rodolfo Azaro .... background artist
Donna K. Baker .... trace and paint supervisor (as Donna Baker)
Richard Bell .... assistant background artist
Malcolm Bourne .... assistant animator
Joan Bradshaw .... trace and paint artist
Sue Branch .... senior background artist
Maggie Brown .... trace and paint artist
Errol Bryant .... background artist
Alistair Byrt .... assistant animator
Briony Catling .... trace and paint artist
Chris Caunter .... assistant animator
Vanessa Clegg .... assistant background artist
Bobby Clennell .... assistant animator
Steve Colwell .... checking
Phil Duncan .... animation supervisor (as Philip Duncan)
Phil Duncan .... senior animator (as Philip Duncan)
Helga Egilson .... trace and paint artist
Wendi Ellis .... trace and paint artist
Chris Evans .... animator
Bryan Foster .... animator (as Brian Foster)
Miles Foster .... checking
Bill Geach .... animator
Tony Guy .... animation director
Tony Guy .... senior animator
Robyn Hamilton-Garrett .... trace and paint artist
Gordon Harrison .... layout artist
Maria Hemmleb .... trace and paint artist
Ian Henderson .... senior background artist
Sandy Houston .... trace and paint artist
Spud Houston .... animator
Arthur Humberstone .... senior animator
George Jackson .... senior animator
Doug Jensen .... animator
Ray Kelly .... assistant animator
Ann Kennedy .... trace and paint artist
Ruth Kissane .... animator
Bill Littlejohn .... animator
Dave McFall .... trace and paint artist (as David McFall)
Brian Melling .... background artist
Elaine Mills .... trace and paint artist
Rosemary Morgan .... trace and paint artist
Dot Morse .... trace and paint artist
Barrie Nelson .... animator
John Perkins .... animator
Ted Pettengell .... layout artist
Josephine Poole .... trace and paint artist
Edric Radage .... animator (as Edric Raddage)
Priscilla Rhodes .... trace and paint artist
Denis Ryan .... background artist (as Dennis Ryan)
Alma Sachs .... color coordinator
Olive Scott .... trace and paint artist
Peter See .... layout artist
Paul Shardlow .... background artist
Alan Simpson .... animator
Carol Slade .... assistant animator
April Spencer .... assistant animator
Dennis Sutton .... trace and paint artist
Gary Sycamore .... senior background artist
Marie Szmichowska .... animator
Sheila Thompson .... trace and paint artist
Barbara Todeschini .... trace and paint artist
Marie Turner .... checking
Peter Turner .... trace and paint supervisor
Sarah Vincent .... assistant animator
Roger Way .... trace and paint artist
Karen Webb .... trace and paint artist
Rosemary Welch .... assistant animator
Colin White .... animator
Steve Woods .... assistant animator
Kevin Molloy .... assistant animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Les Healey .... assistant editor
Roy Piper .... assembly editor
William Webb .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mike Batt .... music arranger
Mike Batt .... musician: keyboards
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Brian Lintern .... music editor
Angela Morley .... music arranger
Angela Morley .... orchestrator
John Richards .... music mixer
Chris Spedding .... musician: guitars
Henry Spinetti .... musician: drums
Malcolm Williamson .... composer: incidental music
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator: prologue sequence (uncredited)
Howard Somers .... music recording assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Philip Alton .... production coordinator
Marilyn Barham .... production secretary
Ron Garrett .... production accountant
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Judy Hayward .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
101 min | Brazil:92 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (2012) | Finland:K-3 (2011) | Finland:K-8 (1995) | Finland:K-10 (1979) | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:7 (cut) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
The backgrounds and locations - especially Efrafa and the nearby railway - are near-perfect matches to the diagrams and maps in Richard Adams's book.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The coloring of the rabbits shifts several times from brown to gray, particularly when they are outside Cowslip's warren.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...
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Soundtrack:
Bright EyesSee more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Simply brilliant, 7 April 2004
Author: End_List from Landantown

'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!

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