Watership Down: Martin Rosen’s Faithful Adaptation of Richard Adams Dystopian Novel

Screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen’s passion project, Watership Down, achieves a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces.

The movie is defined by its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, and elegant acting.

The voice work comes from a superb ensemble of English actors, including John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Richard Briers, and Denholm Elliott,

Watership Down is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil.