Watership Down – Tamara’s Never Seen

Tamara checks out the 1978 animated adventure, Watership Down.

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  1. I’ve never seen this movie. Heck, I never heard about it until Doug mentioned it in one of his videos. I’m not sure I can handle this movie. Then again, I watch Gotham so maybe I COULD handle it.

    • Gotham is a network TV show. One I love and one that can get intense (that piranha thing, man), but it’s not a good litmus test for whether or not one can handle stressful crazy movies.

  2. About damned time you watched this!

    Yes, by today’s standards it IS a boring story… but remember that this was a film from the 70s, and back then it was INTENSE (for an animated movie, anyway).

    Kehaar (the bird) has an Eastern European accent… according to the Wikia anyway. I always heard it as German, personally.

  3. AmbrosiusAurelianus

    Don’t feel too bad about not getting into the movie. I do think it’s good, but it’s odd and honestly isn’t as effective as it could be by itself. I say “by itself” because the book is amazing, and I think a lot of fans also read the book as a kid (like I did), and so we bring more to the movie from our memories of the book. Details and plot elements that didn’t fit into the movie, but that helped us connect with the book’s characters and story. So maybe give the book a read sometime!

  4. lilith_ascennding

    Ohhh, good old Watership Down! The seagull character was voiced by Zero Mostel, of Fiddler on the Roof and The Producers fame (sooo maybe the accent is supposed to be Russian?). Anyways, I have fond memories of this book and film since I had to read it for a GT English class in sixth grade. We then watched the movie after we finished the book in class. I remember we were all freaking out over all the violence and one boy in my class was shouting “Is this Rated R? This should be Rated R!”. I also remember watching the movie with my nine year old sister and my mom at home before watching it in class. I should probably ask my sister if she remembers watching the violent rabbit movie XD. But now Tamara needs to watch Donnie Darko if she hasn’t already seen it. Got to keep up the evil bunny trend! Plus, Donnie Darko actually references Watership Down a few times and shows a few clips from the cartoon as well.

  5. TragicGuineaPig

    When did bunnies get so violent? Are you joking? Didn’t you see that one that kept dropping anvils on that bald hunter’s head? And shoving dynamite down that red-mustached cowboy’s pants? Or maybe that one bunny that bit those knights’ heads off? BUNNIES ARE EXTREMELY VIOLENT! Don’t mess with bunnies!

  6. I remember -really- not liking this as a kid, but I suspect its that I hated the scenes of bunny violence. especially the scene where bigwig gets caught in a snare, that one stands out as particularly unsettling to me

  7. Snorgatch Pandalume

    I didn’t care much for The Plague Dogs, either the book or the movie. It didn’t have the epic scale or feel of Watership Down, which creates a whole rabbit society. If you do watch it, bear in mind that the book has a more upbeat ending than the movie. SPOILER: In the book the dogs are rescued from drowning at the last minute, while the movie ends with them swimming out to sea and it’s assumed they both drown.

  8. Chicken Puppet

    Congratulations Tamara, finally a film that I haven’t seen either.

    So, I have no opinion this film, and I’m just wasting everyone’s time by posting. Soon my incredibly circuitous plan will be one quarter complete!

  9. I saw watership down as a kid and i was one of those 80s kids who was scarred for life by it!

    Plague dogs is another one that traumatized me though its funny i could watch Robocop as a 80s kid and love it but a cartoon about bunnies dying and it gave me nightmares!

  10. Watch Plague Dogs next~
    Also, Keehar (the bird) is from Russia iirc.

  11. If you’re gonna watch Plague Dogs next, make sure you follow it up with When the Wind Blows, just so you get your lifetime supply of depression out of the way.

  12. I think I was about 26 when I saw it for the first time and my reaction was much the same. If you’re not traumatized as a child, it’s not gonna do it for you. I don’t think I even finished it. And I had read the book and really liked it.

  13. Gonna review the Death Note movies? I assume without having read the manga or watched the show (which is basically the manga, just animated). That seems like a setup for a skewed perspective. But I suppose it would be sort of interesting to have them reviewed by someone going in blind. THEN AGAIN, I really enjoyed Death Note (I’ve made a board game based on it. It kicks ass, and you can find it on Etsy) and I feel it would be a shame if your first impression of this property is from these movies, which… are not good.

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