Oy, Netflix and BBC teaming up to bring a new animated interpretation of Watership Down sounds amazing! Their voice cast includes a huge lot of Fangirlish faves. None of them more exciting than the other… it’s just oh so fantastic!
McAvoy will voice Hazel, the group’s leader; Nicholas Hoult will voice Fiver, the seer; and Boyega will take on Bigwig, the muscle. The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Anne-Marie Duff, and Olivia Colman.
If you haven’t seen the 1978 animated film featuring mega-voice talents such as John Hurt, Richard Briers, and Ralph Richardson, then you are missing out. Granted the film traumatized quite a bit of us, but hey, we embraced it and loved the story. I picked up Richard Adams novel because of this movie. And I never felt the violence overshadowed the beauty of the story — the essence of surviving and choosing to stand against a putrid evil rotting the world around it.
The newest installment will be a four part computer-generated animation. Many are already punnily calling it “watered-down” because of statements executive producer, Rory Aitken has made in regards to the 1978 film.
“The thing about ‘Watership Down’ is that it’s an epic adventure story,” Aitken said. “It’s grown this reputation for being scarring and horrific and brutal, and actually that’s not what the essence of the story is.”
In response to the criticism, Aitken mentioned in LA Times how the females will be better represented and that this time around they have four hours to expand upon Adam’s 400 page novel. I say he’s got a point and let him have his go. However, I don’t foresee all the brutality of this novel being left out. Plan on having tissues handy.
Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
Watership Down is scheduled to air in 2017. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and Netflix worldwide.