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The longest British animated film.
The film was created entirely without the use of rotoscoping or computers. It was completely hand drawn.
The second animated feature to be based on a Richard Adams novel, and the second to feature the voices of John Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne. The first was Watership Down (1978).
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Only eight thousand copies were released as first-run VHS.
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Jeremy Irons originally read for the part of Rowf.
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Snitter is a Fox Terrier.
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The final feature film of Dandy Nichols.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The end of the movie is considerably more grim than the one in the book. This is because Director Martin Rosen was presented the story in its original manuscript version, before publishers convinced Richard Adams to soften his ending. Snitter's owner is alive in the book, and saves him and Rowf from the military after a fishing boat picks them up. The monkey in the isolation chamber is also saved in the book.
Snitter's shout to the vulture ("I hope you make sure we're properly dead before you start, old rip-beak!") is sampled in the industrial band Skinny Puppy's song/single "Testure." Both the song-- whose name combines "Test" and "Torture"-- and music video equates medical experimentation on live animals as torture.
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