Saturday, October 12, 2013

Watership Down (1978)

Today's animated feature is Watership Down.  I watched this not knowing what to expect.  It features the surprisingly violent world of wild rabbits living near farmland.
The rabbits have everything to fear because everything is their enemy.  Foxes, dogs, cats, rats, and especially humans.  Not only to humans hunt rabbits, but the damage is mostly done by commercial development.  That's how our rabbits lose their warren, their home, because it is filled in to make way for construction.
The rabbits travel far and wide (actually it appears to be only a few miles which I expect to be a long way for a bunny rabbit) searching for a new rabbit.  They find more danger in a dangerous warren led by an old dictator, General.  The rabbits help the inhabitants of this warren escape and are followed.
None of these rabbits have any problem mercilessly beating the crap out of each other.  There is a lot of violence and a lot of blood.  I do not recommend this film to anyone under the age of 18.  I cannot figure out who this movie is marketed to.  As an adult, I do not want to watch a film about bunny rabbits.  However, it is too violent for children.  I have to give this film a 5/10.

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