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Watership Down (1978)
Don't read tis if you haven't seen the movie. It's basically the whole thing. Forgive my spelling.
In the merry hills Hampshire, England, a small warren is home to many rabbits. Hazel is the main character, who emerges first to sil-flay (sil-flay means to go up and graze. The rabbits have certain words for living.) followed by his brother, Fiver, who is small and feeble. He confronts Hazel that something is strange about the warren (or as he says, "Not exactly danger, but oppressive, like thunder'') but quickly forgets about it. After abuse from the Owsla, or police patrol, Hazel notes that sometimes he feels like leaving, too. While sil-flaying, Fiver finds out what has been troubling him. A cigar butt and a construction zone sign. He warns Hazel that a terrible thing is coming, and sees the field covered in blood. Hazel thinks he's dotty, but agrees to see the chief rabbit about it. That's where we meet Bigwig, an Owsla officer. He reluctantly allows them in, knowing he would be busted. We learn that Fiver has had feelings before, and has been right a lot. The chief rabbit doesn't care. So the warren sneaks out at night. The Owsla brings on a surprise attack, rounding up most of the warren. Hazel, Fiver, Blackberry, Dandelion, Pipkin, and Silver escape, becoming the main group. On the way, they run into Bigwig, who announces he's left the Owsla. That's when Captain Holly of the Owsla comes to arrest them. Bigwig wounds captain Holly and he runs back to report them. The group is now on the lamb.
After getting clear of the Owsla, they run into many dangers like a river and a falcon. Finally, they seek shelter in a warren of a rabbit called Cowslip. There are few rabbits, but they have a great supply of Flay-rah, or carrots, that the man throws out. That's when Fiver notes that there is something weird about the warren, and runs off. Hazel tracks him down, and Bigwig appears, and gives Fiver a piece of his mind. He runs off into a snare. The original group appears at the scene, but when Fiver goes to tell cowslip, he tells him to stop talking about it. Bigwig passes out, but soon snaps out of it. Everyone believes Fiver now. The place is snared. That is the explanation of the warren. That's when they discover Watership Down, a ''High, lonely place, where men hardly ever come to." as described in the book. They rest at nutthanger farm, where Hazel discovers does (Doughz, female rabbits). On the way, they meet captain Holly, bloody and scratched, telling them that the warren was destroyed by men. That is when the best quote come in; "They just destroyed the warren because we were in their way." He then says "The Efraffens wouldn't let me go." Eventualy, they make it to Watership, where they find empty burrows, and Hazel is appointed chief. That's when they meet Ke-haar, a wounded seagull. They find shelter for him. He is about the only light thing in the grim tale.
After a while, Hazel worries about the warren's future. WIth no does, no kittens, (baby rabbits) and after they die, no warren. They trick Ke-haar into searching for them. When he doesn't seem to return, Hazel, Blackberry, and Dandelion go to the farm to release the does. The men catch them, and Hazel is shot in the right flank by a shotgun. That's when Art Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes" comes on, when Fiver searches (and finds) Hazel, barely alive. Ke-haar returns and tells them that he found Efraffa. Holly warns Hazel not to go to it. That's when we first see the life in Effrafa. See the movie to know what happens after that. See you at Watership Down!