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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll either love it or hate it...........I love it!
This is a series for young children. I thought it was great because it looked good and the acting and the music is brilliant. The only down side is that they change the story completely. Remember Cowslips warren? Its not here. The whole journey is squashed into one 25 minute episode. Though it isn't all a bad thing. The music is excellent when the rabbits climb the...
Published on 28 July 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the film
I loved the film watership down but this is quite different. First like another person said the story line has changed, all the charicters are happy and were did the mouse come from? they should have met her at the down. Hyzenthlay i think is now called primrose, and they made it to the down with a female rabbit, blackberry. this is better for children, but not worth a 5*.
Published on 16 Aug. 2001


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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll either love it or hate it...........I love it!, 28 July 2000
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This review is from: Watership Down - Journey To Watership Down (Disney) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a series for young children. I thought it was great because it looked good and the acting and the music is brilliant. The only down side is that they change the story completely. Remember Cowslips warren? Its not here. The whole journey is squashed into one 25 minute episode. Though it isn't all a bad thing. The music is excellent when the rabbits climb the hill. They add in the part where Keehar is injured by a cat.This video can caused mixed feelings, but despite its cheap lookig animation I think its one that you should definetly hire before you buy! This is two episodes put together and the second is almost as good asthe first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the film, 16 Aug. 2001
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This review is from: Watership Down - Journey To Watership Down (Disney) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I loved the film watership down but this is quite different. First like another person said the story line has changed, all the charicters are happy and were did the mouse come from? they should have met her at the down. Hyzenthlay i think is now called primrose, and they made it to the down with a female rabbit, blackberry. this is better for children, but not worth a 5*.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 21 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Watership Down - Journey To Watership Down (Disney) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
What a load of pap this series was! If you want to get an animation of Watership Down buy the Martin Rosen film. It is a thousand times more like the book and doesn't give into the Disney system of making everything cute and happy. Please avoid this rubbish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. An attempt to modernise just doesn't work., 9 May 2000
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This review is from: Watership Down - Journey To Watership Down (Disney) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Watership Down, one of the great animal stories, was an obvious choice for a cartoon series, and it has duly arrived. Wonderful, you may say. Well, yes and no.
The thing that becomes clear from the start is that the old-fashioned feel to the book (and the 1978 feature film by Martin Rosen) is vital to the story's ambience. This attempt to "make the story relevant to today" is, frankly, a failure. You can't do it. It's like writing a "modernised" version of Chaucer - it may be easier to read, but it just doesn't have the power of the original.
The problem for the film-makers appears to have been the great preponderance of bucks in the story. Not wanting to appear sexist (a laudable aim in itself), they introduced does into the original party. Unfortunately, they did it not merely by adding extra rabbits (which even the 1978 film had done in a small way with Violet), but by changing the sex of one of the major characters, Blackberry. This utterly ruins the story for anyone who has read the book.
Another problem with this is that it negates the whole purpose (as stated in the book) of going to Efrafa in the first place - because Hazel's warren has no does and will die out without them, they go to liberate some from General Woundwort's evil regime. Besides, as I understand it the book is based on actual rabbit behaviour, and a mixed-sex group like this is extremely unlikely in real life.
It's not all bad, though. The animation is good and bright, a redone version of "Bright Eyes" makes a good theme tune, and the voices are well chosen. Jane Horrocks is an excellent choice for Hannah, even if my grumble above about a doe's presence in the original party is unchanged. A few of the actors from the 1978 film reprise their parts, notably Richard Briers as Fiver, though hearing John Hurt as Woundwort instead of Hazel takes some getting used to!
To be blunt, this looks very obviously like an attempt to market Watership Down to young children and compete with the Farthing Wood cartoons. For this reason, it will leave anyone expecting the complexities of the novel feeling unsatisfied.
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