Director: Martin Rosen
Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne, Roy Kinnear
No film illustrates the stark differences between European and American views on animation better than Watership Down. This British adaptation of the classic Richard Adams novel follows a group of rabbits as they try to find a new home. But where the Disney version would be filled with bright eyes and Randy Newman, this movie is shrouded in darkness and violence.
The animals of Watership Down fight for survival in a brutal world where nothing is safe. The stakes are high, and the threats terrible. Hold on to your butts, as the saying goes. —JS