Watership Down [Blu-ray] 
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A timeless classic comes alive in this enchanting movie based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened, a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver, the courageous Bigwig, the clever Blackberry, and the honourable Hazel, they face daunting challenges, and use their strength and cunning to survive, while pursuing their dreams. Along their trek, they make an unlikely friend – a loony seagull named Kehaar – and battle the vicious General Woundwort, the cruel leader of another warren. Film director, Martin Rosen, frames the tale largely from the viewpoint of the rabbits, so that we identify with each one. Packed with excitement and adventure, Watership Down is an engaging, thrilling tale that celebrates traditional values of loyalty, courage and spirit. Bonus Features: A Conversation with the Film Makers, "Defining the Style" Documentary, Storyboard Comparisons
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The artwork is stunning - all the more so for being hand-drawn rather than the slightly sterile-looking computer animation we sometimes see today - and the natural behaviour of rabbits is exquisitely observed and captured. The voice cast includes some acclaimed British character actors (most sadly no longer with us) and the script is relatively faithful to the story of the original book.
This is not the kind of cartoon that would ever get made today by say, Disney or Pixar - it is very much of its time, and all the better for it. It doesn't patronise its audience and is never saccharine or schmaltzy. It's at times heartbreaking, occasionally violent and the ending is bittersweet, and yes, not all children will appreciate it and some might be upset (or baffled). It's altogether a quieter, subtler, more contemplative piece of animation than many children will be used to - but those children that do love it tend to be utterly captivated and fascinated, and appreciate its deeper themes and messages.
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