Watership Down (1978)


Directed by: Martin Rosen

Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson

Language: English | Subtitles: English (embed)

Country: Uk | Imdb Info | Ar: 16:9 | Brrip

Description: A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.


1.42GB | 92:15mins | 1280×720 | mkv

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4 Responses to Watership Down (1978)

  1. temnix says:

    “The Watership Down,” the book, is not great literature. It is pretty good literature, mind you, most of the time, though it could be half as long, and the good rabbits’ miraculous ability to prevail against absolutely every danger without a single casualty (except one rabbit never actually encountered but only mentioned by name, a tertiary character, even less than that; and notice how this cartoon actually had to invent a character just to be killed by a hawk so that SOMEONE does die in that oh-so-dangerous world) – it gets tiresome after a while. After a while, too, you kind of get sick of rabbits generally, because there is really not that much to learn about them, not from this book, anyway – fear and more fear, overcoming and more overcoming. I really felt like reading something from a fox’s life for a little while, or maybe a HUMAN’s life. That ought to be a bit more interesting. Nonetheless, this rather flat but colorful book does have a few highlights, though they I wish they were brighter. I wish more was told of Cowbell’s warren and Silverweed. I wish more was MADE of Woundwort. But they are memorable, with just this inseparable tinge of annoyance for not being more. As for the movie – look for yourself. The screenshots are there. Cute bunnies, is all.

  2. superlogon says:

    The Whatership Down is perhaps the biggest misunderstanding ever in the history of film classification systems. The title, on the other hand, can be misleading. A hill, some jumping bunnies, that will never be, give him a nice green sticker. Not by chance over the years has been the focus of furious controversy, because it was a bit ‘to classify “For all” a documentary on the torture of the American army in Vietnam.
    But then in the past the cartoon equation = stuff for children was hard to scratch, so much so that even today there are those who fall victim. Just see the controversy about The Incredibles 2, in which even the director Brad Bird had to explain to a disappointed spectator that no, the film was not suitable for a child of 4 years, or those who considered South Park ideal for the afternoon band and maybe today AVOID Bojack Horseman. If we still fall into the wrong today let alone twenty years ago.
    Take your child to the video store, discard all the Disney classics already seen and you were inspired by the cover or the title to give you a few hours of peace while the child was watching something on TV. Too bad that that “something” was a hotbed of nightmares.
    It is thanks to this misunderstanding that works designed for a decidedly more adult audience have ended up before our eyes, perhaps teaching us a little too soon concepts such as death, mourning, emptiness, depression, suicide, political homicide , vivisection and presenting a sample of horrors that still graze in the back of our thoughts. Works like Return to Oz, Taron and the Magic Pot, Brisby and the secret of Nimh, but also the traumas of The Infinite Story.
    The Whatership Down is a book written by Richard Adams and was born as a story to entertain the daughters while they were traveling, probably towards Mordor. It was they who suggested that he turn the story into a book, perhaps because they did not want to be the only ones to suffer so much. One of them declared years later that she had not been able to sleep at night because of the story and had tried to convince her father to make it less grim, but if you want to traumatize entire generations you tend not to listen to certain criticisms.
    The book became a cartoon of English production in 1978. It is good to note that the main difference between the American and the English school in the creation of cartoons is that the former wants to sell you toys, the second psychotropic drugs.

  3. XX says:

    John Hurt (rip) is always in the most depressing movies…

    He’s also in The Plague Dogs (1982); which would fit right in on Rarelust. The story was written by the author of Watership Down, if I’m correct. So, they go together, *Cough* if you want to see both.

  4. OSMOSIS says:

    When this first came out, it was controversial in it’s graphic violence and straightforwardness–for an animation. And, I’ve been wanting to see it all this time. Now, I can.
    Thanks, Rarelust.

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