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Netflix's 'Watership Down' is 100% going to traumatise a new generation of children

Ellie Walker-Arnott

It's been decades since we watched 'Watership Down'. We're grown-ups now, but we're still scarred by Sandleford Warren, haunted by the terrible life and death struggles of those plucky rabbits. 

Rather than protecting 2016's tiny telly fans from 'Watership Down', Netflix is currently remaking the terrible tale. Because a childhood without TV terrifying enough to stop you sleeping at night is no childhood. 

'Star Wars' actor John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Ben Kingsley and James McAvoy are among the stars voicing this new warren, as is Gemma Arterton, who promises us a whole new generation of kids are about to be as traumatised as we were... 

'Yeah. They will, yeah. It is the most traumatic story. It's awful' she tells Time Out. 'But so good and so necessary - and so relevant right now.'

'The script is fantastic. I've just recorded my voice and then they sort of animate it around that,' she adds, 'It's not going to be ready until next year.'

Plenty of time to prepare the little ones... 

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