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Twenty years after the feature-length adaptation of Richard Adams' best-seller,
we return to the South Downs to retell the story of the rabbits of Watership Down.
The naturalism may not the same, and the blood and thunder has been toned down.
But the spirit of the source material is still there, once you dig past its teatime
exterior, and the rabbits' spiritual beliefs are also still present in the form of
The Black Rabbit of Inle, Flayrah, and more...
The soundtrack is strong, with a title theme from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
and voices from Dawn French, Rik Mayall, Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks and even
Phil Jupitus. Keifer Sutherland also "guests" in three episodes as a rabbit called
Hickory. Listen out too for John Hurt and Richard Briers voicing General Woundwort
and Captain Broom. Hurt and Briers played Hazel and Fiver in the original feature
adaptation. Another returnee is composer Mike Batt who gave us Art Garfunkel's
chart-topping Bright Eyes single. That song returns here too, with ex-BoyZone
singer Stephen Gately on the vocals.
Do look out for poor Blackberry who has undergone a sex-change from a buck
in the original novel and film, to a doe in this latest production!
Three series of "Watership Down" were produced, but only two have ever
been broadcast in the UK and even then the episodes were shown out of order,
whilst others were dropped altogether - infuriating fans and noncommittal
viewers alike, as it made nonsense of the storyline.
Others may have followed in Richard Adams' wake, most notably those
Duncton Wood badgers and Colin Dann's Animals Of Farthing Wood, but
the rabbits of Watership Down will always be the first and best, and this
series is a useful way to introduce young viewers to the inhabitants
of that extraordinary warren...
Watership Down (feature)
Series one Series two
The Promised Land Prisoner Of Efrafa
Home On The Down The Roundabout
The Easy Life The Market
Strawberry Fayre The Great Water
The Shadow of Efrafa The Stand
The Raid The Orchard
Challenge To Efrafa The Great Game
Escape From Efrafa Christmas On Watership Down - pt1
The Vision Christmas On Watership Down - pt2
A Tale Of A Mouse The Mysterious Visitors
Lost The Invasion
Friend And Enemy Bigwig's Way
Kidnapped The Homecoming
Woundwort Never Gives Up
Woundwort in the Trap
An Unfair Duel
Hannah's Big Achievement
The Last Battle
Watership Down on DVD
Volume 1 - The Promised Land
3 episodes / R2 / Right Entertainment / July 2004
Volume 2 - Strawberry Fayre
3 episodes / R2 / Right Entertainment /August 2004
Volume 3 - A Tale of a Mouse
3 episodes / R2 / Right Entertainment / February 2005
Volume 4 - The Prisoner of Efrafa
3 episodes / R2 / Right Entertainment / April 2005
Volume 5 - The Great Water
3 episodes / R2 / Right Entertainment / August 2005
Watership Down - triple collection
volumes 1, 2, and 3 in one slipcase set. / April 2005
from the novel by Richard Adams
Alltime Entertainment Ltd., Canal Famille , Decode Entertainment ,
Funbag Animation Studios Inc.[Ca] , Helix Animation Inc.[Ca] , YTV[Ca]
director: Troy Sullivan
producer: Martin Rosen , Beth Stevenson , Simon Vaughad
exec prods: Justin Bodle , Neil Court , Steven DeNure ,
editor: Mary Crawford
music: Andrew Lloyd Webber (title)
Mike Batt (Bright Eyes song)
editing: Martin Jefferson
voices: Ian Shaw (Hazel)
Andrew Falvey (Fiver)
Stephen Mangan (Bigwig)
Sue Elliott Nicholls (Blackberry)
Elliott Henderson-Boyle (Pipkin)
Kate Ashfield (Primrose)
Jane Horrocks (Hannah)
Richard Briers (Captain Broom)
Dawn French (Buttercup)
Phil Jupitus (Dandelion)
Stephen Gately (Blackavar)
Rik Mayall (Kehaar)
John Hurt (General Woundwort)
Stephen Fry (Cowslip)
+ Keifer Sutherland (Hickory)
On the web
Thank U Stars
A first class fan-site, taking its name from the Cerys Matthews song.
Stuffed-to-bursting with info on the series, guides, news, clips, WAVs
and fan fiction...
And another superior fan-site here, from Germany....
Mike Batt and those bunnies go hand-in-hand, don't they?
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