Watership Down

Film, Animation
Best animated movies: Watership Down

Time Out says

All one can say about this animated feature is thank God for myxomatosis. The book is another matter: once you've got past fey footnotes explaining that rabbits can count up to five, Richard Adams presents a good solid story, ingeniously and effectively told from the rabbit's minuscule perspective. Had the original director John Hubley been allowed to persevere, maybe some of the virtues would have remained; but as rejigged by producer Martin Rosen , there is nothing. The 'camera' takes a conventionally objective viewpoint, perpetually rolling over rolling countryside, which effectively robs the plot of all its terror and tension. And the bunnies are a crudely drawn, charmless bunch, with the final nail provided by the soundtrack's famous voices, who help turn the film into a radio play.


Release details

92 mins

Cast and crew

Martin Rosen
Martin Rosen
John Hurt
Richard Briers
Ralph Richardson
Roy Kinnear
Denholm Elliott
Zero Mostel
Harry Andrews
Michael Hordern