WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)
Martin Rosen's adaptation of the late Richard Adams' novel remains a classic of 20th-century animation, voiced by a fine cast of British stars, including John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson and Denholm Elliott. Adams' stark, often harsh, vision of a community of rabbits driven to search for a new home in the wake of impending destruction and violence is brought to life by naturalistic hand-drawn animation, bucolic watercolor backgrounds and expressionistic flourishes which underscore the film's religious and political subtext. As much an allegory about overcoming tyranny and fear as an adventure tale, WATERSHIP DOWN continues to delight and inspire. DIR/SCR/PROD Martin Rosen, from the novel by Richard Adams. UK, 1978, color, 91 min. RATED PG
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