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Watership Down May Be Getting a Remake…for the Wrong Goddamn Reasons



As a fan of the book, I am – in theory – okay with a new filmed version, if the reasoning behind it is to go back and do the full story properly, without having to condense it into two hours or having any Art Garfunkel on the soundtrack.

Naturally, that’s not the reason being given for doing one.

“People love the 1978 film in but with new CGI technology we can do amazing things – you can see the wind blowing the fur which you didn’t get with the cartoon film,” a mole (or should that rabbit?) tells

Yeah, and you’ll also traumatize the kids way more when photo-realistic bunnies tear each others’ throats out. The book doesn’t over-emphasize the violence, but by not shying away from it, the cartoon inevitably did relative to other cartoons about animals.

Then again, the Radio Times article that’s claiming this also seems to think Thumper from Bambi is a character in Watership Down, so maybe, mercifully, this is BS.

[Nice book cover, by the way. Who is the potential reader who thinks, “Watership Down, eh? I wonder if this is by the same guy who wrote the follow-up to Watership Down?”]

via Cartoon Brew

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist