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Watership Down :o

Well I'm procrastinating from doing homework, cos homework is crappy, I could maybe do a bit of revising instead, anyways I watched Watership Down for the first time in about 10 years maybe, altho I watched it about a month ago, not yesterday when it was on tv. And I just wanna comment on it in general really, I took pictures and everything to help explain. The main reason I want to do a blog entry about it is because I had never realised how violent it was, up until now really. I mean everyone's complaining about the violence in the media at the moment, and how they shouldn't even be allowed to be sold in some cases. Watership down was made in 1978 so not that long ago really, it's not a bad animation for it's time, just like animal farm, both very nice animations :) both equally a little violent. Now I realise as Watership Down is an animation people think of it as a cartoon and back then I'm sure they could get away with lots of stuff :P It's rated a U which means anyone can watch it, I'm actually surprised myself that my mum let me watch it when I was really little. Just wanna say this post contains spoilers so I have warned you.
The film has it's cute moments and everything, but seems to be mainly violently focused. I'm not saying that they should ban the film or anything, I think it's totally stupid with how people act towards violence now, but I just wanna share the film with the rest of the world. I apologise for the size of the post I didn't know it would be so long with the pictures.
But the film is based around a bunch of bunnies called Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig and more. Who decide to leave their warren as Fiver has a bad feeling about where they're situated, like in the piccy.

blood

Like I said the film has cute bits, which are at the start when it tells the story of El-ahrairah the prince of the rabbits and how so many bunnies came around. Its all very cute at this point, except for when it gets further into the story of them.

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friendly

Here’s El-ahrairah and his friends

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All munching away at the grass. But then the bunnies multiply, like um bunnies

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Until in the story their lord Frith (the bunny sun god) decided there could not be so many bunnies as they took all the food the other animals wanted. So he evolved them into predators of El-ahrairah, which was weasels, dogs, cats, owls etc. So then you see all the cute bunnies getting killed O_o

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Which I suppose they had coming to them, until eventually…

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They all die, that’s then where Lord Frith gave El-ahrairah a chance and where the one bit I always remember of the film comes into play which is the following quote.

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when ever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you: digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.”

I remember that cos of the whole digger, listener, runner bit just sticks in my head, dunno why really. Anyway, I haven’t really structured what I’m gonna say so it’ll now probably be random bits of writing with pictures. I’ll put the pics in chronological order btw.
Ok well I was mentioning earlier that Fiver (paranoid rabbit) could sense that trouble was coming well he also imagines the following picture.

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Which is bunnies and trees being tossed around by some digger thing, with blood on its spikey bits.
Once they have run away from their warren they come across the cowslip warren, if that’s the right name, where they bunnies as I have read on a site have no religion, economics, government education etc, as they are living in a man made warren where man kills them when he feels like it, to make bunny pie? I’m not really sure. But yeah I never liked the main bunny of this warren, he was too posh for my liking but when the gang are here Bigwig gets caught in a snare (how man kills the bunnies) I never liked this part myself as it was kinda not nice :P

bigwig

Ok and then a bit later they meet an old friend (if you can call him that) from the Owsla which was kinda like their old warrens police in a way. And he told the story of what happened to the warren like Fiver imagined, and I just hated this part as a kid, I think it’s particularly cos of the colours but also cos it’s not nice to watch. I took various pictures to show it ^^.

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Then he tells of how all the bunnies of their warren were rounded up to Efrafa I think, where they work a little differently and how they are separated into divisions and how certain bunnies can only go in certain areas, well this bunny (I’m gonna guess Holly) escaped from Efrafa and then this whole stuff happened with the bunch of bunnies and General Woundwort (big bad bunny) and he came after them, as Bigwig went to Efrafa and then left (bad thing) so Woudwort thought he should kill them all, so he invaded their warren, and oh look a bunny got in his way.

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Isn’t that nice, oh look and here that bunny is dead on the floor

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There is then lots of fighting between Bigwig and the general.

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woundwort

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deady

rarr

bloody

As you can see not the nicest of fights, blood and spit O_o everywhere. Then “there’s a dog loose in the woods” as I will always remember Fiver saying as he always looked like he was going crazy, and as dogs do he rips bunnies to shreads (I’ve never seen a dog killed a bunny, a cat yes but not a dog) Anyway here is the dog having fun, not eating the bunnies just killing them really.

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doggy

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Yeah then the dog sees General Woundwort and I guess thinks it will be the best bit to have a play with. Also so the story can have a happy ending really :P But the dog then runs for him and you see General Woundwort, one image I have never liked as he was always kinda scary looking.

eww

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There was also an albatross in the film which sounded European but I won’t spoil everything.
Anyway um I love the film, but think they should have maybe cranked the rating up a little, as I’m sure a normal innocent child would get kinda scared by the film ^^.

There's a site here that explains about the warrens.