Watership Down (1978) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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>
  • In the Sandleford warren, Fiver, a young runt rabbit who is a seer, receives a frightening vision of his warren's immenient destruction. When he and his loving brother, Hazel, fail to convince their chief of the need to evacuate; they set out on their own with a small band of others who heeded the warning and barely manage to elude the Warren's military caste. What follows is a perilous journey in which the band faces dangers of all varieties like predators, humans and even their own kind. While they eventually find a peaceful new home at Watership Down, they have new problems that will lead to a deadly conflict with the neighbouring Warren called Efrafa, which is a police state by the powerful and insane General Woundwart.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>
  • A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

    - Written by Anonymous


The story begins with a prologue, narrated by , establishing the Lapine culture and mythology and describing the creation of the world and its animals by Lord Frith...

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