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Watership Down (1978)

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Directors:

Martin Rosen, John Hubley (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Adams (novel), Martin Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Hazel (voice)
Richard Briers ... Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox 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 Mary Maddox ... Clover (voice)
Zero Mostel ... Kehaar (voice)
Harry Andrews ... Gen. Woundwort (voice)
Hannah Gordon ... Hyzenthlay (voice)
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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. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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From the novel that enthralled the world, comes an animation classic. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The first theatrically released animated film to star John Hurt. Later he'd go on to voice Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings (1978), Snitter the Jack Russel Terrier in The Plague Dogs (1982), the Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985), Mr. Mole in Thumbelina (1994), the Narrator in The Tigger Movie (2000), and Felix the Gull in Valiant (2005). See more »

Goofs

Bigwig disappears then reappears on screen as the rabbits enter the shed near the cemetery. 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. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to ...
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Connections

Referenced in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
Arranged by Angela Morley (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
Excellent animated film--more for older children and adults
6 September 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

British animated film about a bunch of rabbits leaving their old warren (which one psychic rabbit can tell is going to be destroyed) and searching for a new one. The movie recounts their adventures searching for one.

It may sound like a movie ideal for little kids--but it really isn't. It's an excellent adaptation of Richard Adams book which was written more for teenagers and adults. It's an ecological tale of how men are destroying the earth and (inadvertently it seems) killing innocent wildlife. It's also a very interesting story about how a group of rabbits survive on their own.

The animation is excellent--right up there with Walt Disney. The score is great, the script intelligent and the voices used perfectly match the characters. However, as I said, this isn't really for little kids. The story is dead serious and the only humor is provided by the bird Kehaar (who I personally found very annoying although Zero Mostel DOES have fun with the voice). Also, at the end, it gets very violent and quite bloody. When I saw it in a theatre in 1978 one small kid was in tears by the conclusion. So, use your own judgment but I would never let a small kid see this. This is perfect for teenagers and adults. A 10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watership Down See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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