Watership Down (1978)

MARTIN ROSEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5United Kingdom, 1978.  Nepenthe Productions, Watership Productions.  Screenplay by Martin Rosen, based on the novel by .  Produced by Martin Rosen.  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

This animated film is about a small group of rabbits who have been told by their seer that their warren is under threat of an environmental disaster and will soon be uninhabitable. Only a few rabbits heed the warning, and they set off in search of a new home on a perilous journey beset by human predators, the dangers of nature and the oppression of other rabbits. The evil rabbit general who runs the police state near a place they think they have found safety in is one of the most unnerving and vicious villains in animated film history, and for this reason I would recommend that the small fries avoid watching it. Anyone interested in seeing animation being used to tell deeply political, thought-provoking stories (with rabbits, no less!) will probably get something out it.

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