The Watership Down trailer was released today, and the cutest bunnies who ever gave you nightmares are back.
Watership Down is not an important piece of my childhood. I was in college when I both read the book and saw the movie. Nonetheless, animated films always give me a sense of nostalgia. None of this, by the way, is at all relevant to the fact that the Watership Down trailer dropped today. I just thought I’d mention it, mostly so you know that any criticisms of the remake aren’t rooted in “destroying my childhood” territory. Not that I honestly expect to have many. The new adaptation – once again based on Richard Adams’ book of the same name – from Netflix and BBC was announced two years ago and I’ve been anxiously awaiting it ever since.
We don’t have much longer to wait. BBC’s star-studded adaptation arrives at the end of this month. Starring Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, and John Boyega, among others, it airs on BBC One December 22nd and 23rd, and for those of us across the pond, it will be available on Netflix. The trailer itself looks gorgeous; the characters are good cross between animated-looking and real-looking – just enough to remind you that this is a cartoon but not real enough to scar young children for life.
The new adaptation is actually a miniseries, comprised of four one-hour episodes, which gives it the chance to explore the story in a way that the original film didn’t. Hopefully we’ll see more of the rabbits’ language and mythology.
For those unfamiliar, Watership Down is the story of Fiver (Hoult), a young rabbit who has a vision of their warren being destroyed. Few take him seriously, save his brother Hazel (McAvoy) and a handful of others, who make their escape with the goal of establishing their own warren. It’s about bunnies, but it’s not a children’s story, which is hammered home by the original 1978 film. It’s fairly terrifying, even to a young woman in her 20s (even to a 36-year-old – Bigwig in the snare? TERRIFYING). I hope the remake is slightly less terrifying.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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