This was another film that we watched together for Jessica's Film Lovers Badge. This was picked to fit the Animation category.
I will make no bones about the fact that I love this story. I came to Watership Down through Richard Adams outstanding book. His tale of rabbit society enthralled me and any allegory aside struck me as entirely believable.
Watership Down is often quoted at being a traumatic film for kids and I had to think long and hard before showing it to my 5, 9 and 10 year olds. I eventually decided that it is bloody and sad but with a parent close by and some understanding would be fine. It was, we have had no traumatisation yet. Oddly the rabbit deaths almost washed other my children with Hazels final end being totally misunderstood by the older children. Perhaps its affects adults more as we know what death truly entails. I certainly find my hay fever acts up more at the end and my eyes tend to get rather moist!
The film is rather rough in its animation, not reaching Disney's (admittedly stratospheric) standards. However it has a style all of its own and coupled with the fantastic voice work and stunning score it makes a wonderfully crafted whole.
Truly a great. Buy it.