Watership Down (U)
UK/1978/88mins/U Dir: Martin Rosen Voices: John Hurt, Richard Briers
When a young rabbit named Fiver has a prophetic vision that the end of his warren is near, he persuades seven other rabbits to leave with him in search of a new home. Several obstacles impede their progress, including predators, a rat-filled cemetery and a speeding river. Upon arriving at their final destination, a hill dubbed Watership Down, the rabbits find that their journey is still far from over. Notably less anthropomorphised than most animated animals, this adaptation of Richard Adams’ bestselling fantasy takes a naturalistic approach to the hues of the English countryside, the creatures’ wilder instincts and faithfully follows the novel’s depiction of rabbit folklore and Lapine language. An unforgettable classic of British animation that carries a genuine emotional weight.
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