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Year
1978
Runtime
91 min.
Directors
Martin Rosen, John Hubley
Genres
Drama, Animation, Adventure, Thriller
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
22,998
Checks
7,596
Favs
490
Dislikes
44
Favs/checks
6.5% (1:16)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. san tonio's avatar

    san tonio

    i think this traumatised a whole generation of children 12 years 7 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    An animated film for adults, or to teach older kids what life is really like, Watership Down stands the test of time, with its dark story about rabbits fleeing the destruction of their habitat to find a new warren, with all that entails, including the acquisition of a sensible gene pool, if only the next door warlord will allow it. It's brutal and violent, but not unnecessarily gruesome, filling you with a sense of dread from early on, and tugging at your heart strings throughout. Structurally, it's a bit "one thing after another" in the first half, but it mostly pays off. The animation consists of beautiful watercolors and the bunnies are especially well animated, with a different and just as gorgeous look for the myth sequence that opens the film. And there are some rich British voices to give the characters life too, not the least of which John Hurt as the cleverest rabbit of them all. Though the book's author, Richard Adams, doesn't claim any metaphor about stigmatized minorities, it's in there, perhaps thanks to the sadistic blue-eyed rabbit clan. But if it is, it's not distracting and plays out better as post-viewing discussion than mid-film decoder ring. 5 years 7 months ago
  3. Torgo's avatar

    Torgo

    This even traumatised me as an adult. 12 years 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #31 in OFCS's Top 100 Animated Features of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #91 in BFI's 100 Animated Feature Films
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  3. This movie ranks #906 in The Criterion Collection
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  4. This movie ranks #991 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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