When a cartoon feature-film populated by bunnies, based on a book of short stories for children, hit theaters in 1978, parents thought it was perfect childhood dream-fodder. Anyone who saw Watership Down, directed by Martin Rosen, knows that the flick is pure nightmare fuel. Experiencing it as a child was nothing short of a traumatizing event for a generation of tots.
Our favorite Irish film critic and academic, Ryan Hollinger, recently released a video retrospective of Watership Down that’s a must-watch for anyone curious about this bizarre anomaly. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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After Hollinger’s video, you can peep the original trailer and synopsis for Watership Down, which features the voices of John Hurt, Richard Briers, and Ralph Richardson. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Screen Smart is a show celebrating Ryan’s love for film, games, art and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.
About Ryan Hollinger on YouTube: Taking my favourite movies, games, art and entertainment and celebrating them with a personal retrospective analytical treatment that both informs and delights as non-ugly as possible. Let’s just talk about cool things.
Official 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.