and now for something completely different

Yes I like blood, gore, the macabre and the twisted but I also like little fluffy bunnies.

‘Tis true.

As Easter is upon us and because the response to my last post I thought I’d write about my softer side haha. Sort of.

Watership Down

The fantasy story by Richard Adams was first a book (1972) and then, in 1978, it was adapted into an animated movie.

It tells the story of a group of talking and characterful rabbits who set out on an adventure to, literally, find greener pastures. Sounds really bloody stupid right? Well friends let me assure you it is far from it. In fact it is the best animated movie, in my opinion, of all time.

If you’re unfamiliar with the movie the first thing I want you to do is stretch out your hand and then SLAP yourself in the face as hard as you can. Next, watch the trailer.

I can’ remember exactly what age I was when I first watched the movie but I lived in England at the time so, at a guess, I’d say about five or six.

I get the same buzz out of watching it now as I did when I was a kid. Just like I do with the original three Star Wars movies. Unfortunately two of my three girls are not into it and roll their eyes when I suggest we watch it on a lazy Sunday arvo. The youngest has only watched it a few times but has enjoyed it so theres hope there.

For me, it has everything a kid and man-child could want. Drama, action, violence and even some nightmarish, psychologically tormenting thrills . It can be very cute at times but also extremely violent but, as a kid, it wasn’t the violence that freaked me out it was things like “Fiver’s Vision”. Remember that?

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Just one of many creepy moments in the film.

I like the “Great Escape” feel to the movie and this was, partly, the writers intention as many of the main characters were modelled after real WWII Officers.

Out of all the characters in the movie BIGWIG (Voiced by Michael Graham Cox U.K TV Star who also had a role in A Bridge Too Far) was, undoubtedly, my favourite! He was tough as nails and brave but had a gentle side too.

Still now when BIGWIG is caught in a rabbit snare I get a lump in my throat. Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone.

This is BIGWIG during a fight with “The General”

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Speaking of the General, WOW! What a Super Villain. He’s up there with Darth Vader Hannibal Lecter and this guy…

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Whaaaat?

Well maybe not that guy.

General Woundwort

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General Woundwaort’s last leap

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I don’t want to give too much way in case you haven’t seen it but all I’ll say is you’ll be pleasantly surprised with just how engaging this movie really is.

Fiver stars from me for this gem of a movie.

Cheers

IRO

26 thoughts on “and now for something completely different”

  1. I remember the film and read the book and enjoyed both. The best animated film? A good shout but for me best animated film would go I think to Disney’s The Jungle Book, a film I have fond memories of. Good to see your soft side but am fully expecting a sucker punch to come through, a model depicting a rabbit in a bunny boiler perhaps!

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  2. I loved “Watership Down” as well, and Bigwig was my fav character too, I’ve read the book too, both are really good. If you like that it might be worth looking out for the “Duncton Wood” books, these are about moles (no really but don’t be put off by that) there are six thick volumes but are a great read and have a bit of a “Lord of the rings” with moles vibe to them.

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. I’m reading this book now for the first time ever. I bought it many many years ago with hopes of reading it to my two young sons. That never happened, so I’m reading it now and enjoying it tremendously! I did not realize there even was an animated film (slaps self in head). I’ll have to check that out too! I enjoyed your post and clips!

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  4. I happened to see a bit of the film at a friends house when I was about seven: I walked past the TV in the living room. It was about fifteen seconds, if that but it gave me nightmares for weeks.

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  5. Haha Perfect Easter time post. I’ve never seen the movie, and I have a copy of the book but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Definitely going to have to check out both versions.
    Have you ever seen The Plague Dogs by any chance? It’s another older animated film about animals with some pretty damn disturbing scenes. You can look it up and watch it on Youtube, I think. That’s how I stumbled across it a few years ago.

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  6. I saw it as kid, but honestly can’t recall much of anything about it anymore. I’d like to want to watch it as an adult, but there’s already a lifetime or two worth of backlog I need to watch..

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