“Watership Down,” directed by Martin Rosen is a film that is part of the Warner Bros. Classic Tales. This film has won 4 awards, which include: Best Animation, Best Fantasy Film, Best Feature Film, and Best Dramatic Presentation. Even with that said this movie has, over the years undergone much criticism. The British Board of Film Classification is still receiving complaints about this movie over 33 years after it was made (Imdb).
Warner Bros. has come out with many other movies, most of which were even more popular than “Watership Down.” Although this movie received many awards, it is not very well known. Another film that was made around the same time “Watership Down” and was on a similar level of animation, but received much more hype was, “The Lord of the Rings.” Even though “The Lord of the Rings” animation was not on a much higher level, it still had much more publicity than “Watership Down.” “Watership Down” was originally a book series, written by Richard Adams. Adams created a world of rabbits that both represented how rabbits work in real life and how their colonies work, but also implants rabbit’s natural qualities into a fantasy story of rabbits, where they have their own language, and way of life. This series tells of the rabbit’s lives and the troubles they go through. After the series, the books were made into a film.
“Watership Down” is a unique storyline because of the way the author interpreted rabbits. The film makers were able to animate these animals to, at times look as though they are heartless, unloving, killing machines, while at other times, able to make them look more cute and loving. Making these animals have such a wide variety of facial expressions and personalities made them seem like they were behaving more like humans. This is important because in the book the main point is that the writer wanted the reader to see the rabbits as if they were humans. So by creating those human expressions and emotions, the animators stood true to what the books portrayed.