Rabbits with amazing voices

Watership down is both a novel and a film that I’ve never experienced before in my life. I know of its existence and generally what it was about but this new Netflix/BBC adaption of the novel is completely brand new to me. To me, this adaption of Watership Down is fresh and traumatizing enough to be memorable for a while to come. It is, however, an adaption that takes time to get used to but it also has an amazing voice cast.

Watership Down is a survival story which follows a colony of rabbits who flee their doomed warren (a word I just found out) to find a new home. Along the way the rabbits encounter dangers everywhere, especially from other warrens that might seem appealing but each has their own hidden secrets.

The main complaint that viewers, first two episodes just aired on BBC, have had so far is over the animation. Look, it isn’t Pixar and it isn’t even going to be Dreamworks so don’t get your hopes up too high. You should take the series for what it is, the animation does get better as the shows episodes pass and there is an aspect of it’s animation that suits in with the story it is trying to tell.

Watership Down is both a simple and layered story, one that will traumatize kids and make you think about your surrounding environment if you’re an adult. The animation in Watership Down is both simple, yet detailed at the same time. The large landscapes of the countryside may seem like a lack of animation and poor detail but they do go along way in pointing out that all the land you see that is empty is the land for these animals.

These animals, mainly the rabbits, are in constant peril because of other animals. They’re also in constant peril because of how humans are destroying their lands and invading their space. This means that rabbits have to find and build new warrens and slowly each warren will collide with each other, the same way humans fight for borders. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself but the show has a good deep message that if listened too can really actually make you think a little. Its this reason as to why I don’t mind the not so stellar animation and prefer a little more story instead.

The voice cast is clearly the highlight of the show as Watership Down has managed to get the likes of James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and many more to help tell this tale. It is their great voice acting which helps you move past the animation and simply listen to the story being told before you. It would certainly make a good audiobook, that’s for sure.

Watership Down feels like a mini-series that you watch once, enjoy and think about it and then leave it alone. Its cast is memorable and its story is tightly written but it won’t overally excite you. I’ve enjoyed my time with Watership Down and I’m glad that I now know the story and have it’s ideals and messages in my head to think about. This Netflix and BBC adaption of the novel might traumatize your kids but its messages and feelings may live on with them. Watch it, learn from it and maybe you’ll find some appeal in the simple animation.

Score: 4/5

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