A Conversation for 'Watership Down' - the Book and Film

Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 1

Researcher 33337

Me and my friends have discussed this at great length and we have decided that the film was disturbing and really scary on our then young minds. As kids I hadn't read teh book and so I saw, "Oh, a film about cute bunnys" and then they get myximatosis, and killed in nasty ways, and theres that demon bunny thing. all in all scared the living daylights out of my young self and I haven't pliucked up teh courage to watch it again. Mos of my friends agree that this is not a trauma we want to relive. Anyone else think this?


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 2

Mike A (snowblind)

The book was more grisly than I expected. The bit I quoted from Captain Holly is part of as mich larger story, and it's kinda grim. Holly's friends die in the most pathetic ways. Pathetic in that it's such a tragic waste of life.

The album I was listening to when Bigwig got snared was Money & Cigarretes by Eric Clapton. Since then I have barely listened to it. Especially the song Pretty Girl. I hear that and can think of nothing but that book.


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 3

Rasa

I remember watching the start of the film when I was little, and it scared the living daylights out of me. I stopped watching and haven't tried to see it again since. Hence, i had no idea what the film was actually about, I just seem to remember lots of burning, fire and scary rabbits.


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 4

michael salkeld

I still have my Watersip Down film picture book I love some of the water color backgrounds,but the film wasn't a patch on the book.

I think for young children It probably was disturbing, mind you I found Bambi disturbing.


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 5

Nykenn

I read the book a while ago, but I've never watched the film, and I really want to find out for myself exactly how disturbing it really is. (I have a pretty good idea though).

Anyhow know where you might find it?


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 6

Vorpal

If you think Watership Down was bleak and depressing, I recommend you stay far, far away from 'The Plague Dogs', Martin Rosen's next animated film, also based on a book by Richard Adams. It's darker, and utterly relentless, with no fluffy bunny shenanigans to lighten the mood. Great story though, and it actually makes a better novel than Watership Down.


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 7

The Iron Maiden

That sounds like a good call actually.

Now I think about it, I think it would be worth getting mashed out of my face and watching Watership Down. Should be an experience...


Didn't anyone else find the film at all disturbing?

Post 8

Noif_666

Hell yeah, I first saw the film when I was about 5 or 6 and it gave me the heebie jeebies. All the blood and the rabbit with the huge scar on his face...so I plucked up the courage to watch it again over 10 years later; I still found it disturbing but I couldn't help laughing (at myself) over the bits that used to terrify me!


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