WATERSHIP DOWN (Theatrical Release USA 1978)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Stars ììì

Watership Down,
a British animated feature, is not a simple story, nor a story that can be lightly followed. It takes attention, thinking, and involvement to follow the storyline. But, while not well received in the United States, the movie is a completely, not-to-be-missed, more than interesting, good rendering of the importance of perseverance, instinct, and fight necessary to find, establish, and keep a safe home. Told through the eyes of rabbits, the film thoroughly and creatively explores life, death, the importance of females to the continuation of species, and the link to higher forces to successfully navigate even the most difficult of situations.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


A herd of rabbits need to find a new warren.

Additional Thanks

Good work for Director and Producer Martin Rosen. Casting includes: Fiver (voiced by Richard Briers), Hazel (voiced by John Hurt), Bigwig (voiced by Michael Graham Cox), Captain Holly, (voiced by John Bennett), Blackberry (voiced by Simon Cadell), Silver (voiced by Terence Rigby), Pipkin (voiced by Roy Kennear), Dandelion (voiced by Richard O’Callaghan), Cowslip (voiced by Denholm Elliott), Cat (voiced by Lynn Farleigh), and Kehaar the Gull (voiced by Zero Mostel).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is an 'impact film' in that it is a memorable, multi-layered, intellectual watch with both depth and value. The movie easily earns multiple watches.  

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