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      Watership Down

      PG Released Jan 1, 1978 1h 32m Kids & Family Adventure Animation List
      79% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 86% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings When a young rabbit named Fiver (Richard Briers) 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. Realistically drawn, this British animated film carries an emotional weight. Read More Read Less

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      Aimed at adults perhaps more than children, this is a respectful, beautifully animated adaptation of Richard Adams' beloved book.

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      Tasha Robinson The Dissolve It's a work deeply enamored with its source material, and determined to do right by it, even if it means frightening kids, baffling parents, and embracing whatever style works. Rated: 4/5 Feb 23, 2015 Full Review Richard Schickel TIME Magazine A rare movie that keeps kids on the edge of their chairs without inducing in their parents an overwhelming desire to escape theirs for a smoke in the lobby. Sep 4, 2008 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader A brief spark of imagination survives in a prologue sequence, designed by the great John Hubley before he was fired from the film. The rest is blandness. Sep 3, 2008 Full Review Carson Timar ButteredPopcorn Trying to forge a relationship with the film ends up feeling like an overall empty experience. Rated: C Aug 28, 2022 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rachel's Reviews (YouTube) I love the book and I think... that this is a worthy adaptation. Rated: 8/10 Feb 21, 2019 Full Review David Keyes Cinemaphile.org The movie is the antithesis of the modern standard, plodding and patient, unbothered by flashy bright images or relentless comical interludes. Sep 28, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Euan P Good movie, but there are three things missing from this that were key details in the book: (spoilers ahead) 1: El-ahrairah stories. 2: Too short, so it didn't have enough time for detail. 3: More Kehaar. Kehaar was not in the movie enough, despite having so much to do with the story. I hope this helped for those who want to see this. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Christian K Great, old-school painterly animation. I have read the book and didn't think this held up very well to it. And I am not even really a fan of the book. Not sure this is even for children, its pretty dark, grim, and violent. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Alex G If not for the animations this movie would be rather mediocre. But it just looks so gorgeous, that I would even rate it a 7/10. It's okay to watch but there are better movies. PG-13. This is not for childen! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/24 Full Review Alec B It's as good as an adaptation of Adams' novel as we are likely to get, blending the hopeful fable elements with the moments of bleak violence pretty well. Bound to continue to traumatize generations of children for years to come. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/14/23 Full Review Whiteknight89 This movie is something British adults that where kids when they watch it will always remember Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Patrick C Incredible. Very brutal, yet enchanting. Just as good as the book and in some ways better. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When a young rabbit named Fiver (Richard Briers) 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. Realistically drawn, this British animated film carries an emotional weight.
      Director
      Martin Rosen
      Producer
      Martin Rosen
      Screenwriter
      Martin Rosen
      Production Co
      Warner Bros. Animation
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Adventure, Animation
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 1, 1978, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 11, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 32m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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