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Watership Down
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Director:
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:
My favorite animated film! See more (153 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 | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:7 (cut) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
In December 2011, property developers announced that they were planning to develop Sandleford Park, near Newbury, Berkshire, in a real-life parallel to the fictitious development of this area which prompted the rabbits to leave the warren in the book and film of Watership Down. Richard Adams, the author of the book, plans to organise stiff opposition to the development. "I'm going to oppose it tooth and nail. It's a beautiful piece of open country and the most beautiful area south of Newbury. The very idea of building on it makes your gorge rise."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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...
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48 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
My favorite animated film!, 17 May 1999
Author: andy-227 from Sterling Heights, Michigan

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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