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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:
Even This Cynical Viewer Was Enthralled By This Exciting Animated Adventure See more (151 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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:7 (cut) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

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:
Plot holes: At the beginning of the film, Fiver finds a smoking cigarette. This means that men have been in the area within the last ten minutes (at most.) Yet all the rabbits are happily outside their holes, and Hazel is happily munching grass only a few feet away. The smoke smell alone should have put everyone on high alert, in addition to any lingering "man smell".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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bright EyesSee more »

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66 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Even This Cynical Viewer Was Enthralled By This Exciting Animated Adventure, 2 January 2006
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

I had absolutely no knowledge of WATERSHIP DOWN was going to be about except that it featured rabbits in some capacity . I had an inkling it was going to be some patronising , juvenile crap that anyone above the age of seven would find nauseating . It says something about the quality of television on the run up to Christmas when a bitter and twisted 39 year old man sits down to watch a feature length about talking rabbits - Talking rabbits ! OMG , it's not like the author Richard Adams meant the story to be some drug metaphor is it ? OMG talking rabbits just how pathetic is that ? And the one thing that I remembered on its initial release - And which I'm still trying to forget to this very day - is that gawd awful song by the guy with the worst hairstyle in the history of pop music . You know the song .... " bright eyes burning like fire " . Bad enough I saw BARNEY'S BIG ADVENTURE the previous day . Now I was going to be watching equally childish sentimental crap with talking rabbits

Oh hold on . I've just seen WATERSHIP DOWN this very minute . Can everyone reading this review please ignore erroneous phrases like " Childish pathetic crap " because this is not how the story plays out . I do confess that perhaps the original story has perhaps been slightly flawed in the adaption with the hierarchy of the original warren somewhat unexplained ( For example why is it treason to leave the warren and search for a new one ? ) but that is my one and only criticism of this superb animated adventure which can be enjoyed by anyone of any age

In a nut shell WATERSHIP DOWN resembles one of those post apocalypse dramas by John Wyndham or more especially John Christopher except instead of humans it features rabbits that talk . No seriously forget all about the characters being humanized bunnies , this is a dark dramatic adventure where survivors of an eco-disaster try and find sanctuary in a bleak , desolate and dangerous world . As crazy as it sounds some people have picked up on the coincidence that the plot resembles 28 DAYS LATER and one can't help thinking that it's a little bit stronger than coincidence . If you've seen one you can't noticing the quite striking similarities between the two especially the climax . Of course it could be that the original novel of WATERSHIP DOWN was influenced by Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS which seems to have influenced much of Alex Garland's work but even so

A thoroughly enthralling adventure that may have children weeping at the sad bits will certainly keep adults interested as they try and spot analogies . Let me repeat once again that while there's sad scenes there is nothing sickeningly sentimental and is a shockingly sophisticated tale . I certainly rate as being one of the greatest British productions of the 1970s

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