The BBC has released the first trailer for 'Watership Down' and it's fair to say that it's triggered a lot of mixed emotions online.
The BBC has unveiled its slate for the festive period, with the new series of Luther, a remake of the classic Watership Down, a new Poirot and a big budget Les Miserables taking centre stage.
In 1978, one of the greatest British animated films of the past 50 years was released – and arguably traumatised an entire generation. From today’s viewpoint, it’s perhaps baffling how Watership Down, based on the classic children’s novel by Richard Adams, could be considered a kids’ movie. It plunges down a rabbit hole of distressing imagery from the start and rarely lets up.
The broadcaster managed to invoke the ire of viewers for the second year in a row by showing the traumatic children's classic.
The star-studded project, which is a co-production with Netflix, will feature Olivia Colman, John Boyega, James McAvoy, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult and Gemma Arterton among the voice cast, with a rumoured budget of £20 million. Based on the 1972 book by Richard Adams, it tells the story of a group of rabbits forced to find a new warren, but who encounter terrible danger along the way.
What with the all too recent visit by the Easter Bunny and all, ‘Watership Down’ was perhaps a slightly ill-advised programming move by Channel 5 for Easter Sunday.