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Encyclopedia > Watership Down (TV series)

Watership Down is an animated adaptation for television of the novel of the same name by Richard Adams, co-produced by Alltime Entertainment of the United Kingdom and Decode Entertainment of Canada. The director of the feature film version, Martin Rosen, produced this series. Three series were produced, the first in 1999, although confusingly some sources merge the first two together as "series one" with the third being dubbed "series two". In this article, the adaptation will be considered to have three series. The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... For other uses, see Watership Down (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Richard Adams, see Richard Adams (disambiguation). ... DHX Media is a Canadian media production company formed in 2006 by the Halifax Film Company and Decode Entertainment. ... Watership Down is an animated film directed by Martin Rosen and based on the book Watership Down by Richard Adams. ... Martin Rosen is a British film director and producer. ... This article is about the year. ...


The story was broadly based on that of the novel, with most characters and many incidents retained but with an increasing divergence as the series went on, and in later episodes especially some storylines and characters were entirely new. Stephen Gately sang a new arrangement of Art Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes", which had been included in the 1978 feature film, while Mike Batt (who wrote "Bright Eyes") and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra contributed a completely new score. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing (1980) Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American white gollywog and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. ... Bright Eyes is a song written by Mike Batt, and performed by Art Garfunkel. ... Watership Down is an animated film directed by Martin Rosen and based on the book Watership Down by Richard Adams. ... Image:MikeBatt. ... The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is an English orchestra based in London. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ...


The adaptation was shown by CITV in the United Kingdom and YTV in Canada. It was generally rather poorly received in the United Kingdom, with many viewers complaining that it had lost the bite of the book thanks to its younger target audience. Some were also upset that Blackberry had been transformed from buck to doe, suspecting political correctness was at work. CITV showed only the first two series, but series three was eventually shown in Canada, and other European markets have also aired all three. This article is about ITVs childrens television brand. ... YTV is a Canadian cable television specialty channel aimed at youth, available nationwide through cable and satellite television. ... Blackberry is a fictional character: a buck rabbit in Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. ... Buck may refer to any of the following: Look up Buck in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Doe is the term used for the females of various species of animal, including: some species of deer rabbits In job and classified ads, DOE is an acronym for Depending On Experience and usually indicated in pay rates. ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ... This article is about ITVs childrens television brand. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Some episodes from the adaptation were released on VHS over the years, but distribution was very uneven between countries. In October 2005, however, a Region 2 DVD box set of all three series was released, the first time that the third series had been made easily available to UK viewers. Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

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Voices

John Hurt, the voice of Hazel in the film, was reappointed for the series as the voice of General Woundwort, whilst Richard Briers, the voice of Fiver in the film, appeared in the series as Captain Broom, who does not appear until very late in series 1 in the episode 'The Vision'.


The UK version of the series was voiced by many familiar faces in the world of British film and television. Comedienne Dawn French, Jane Horrocks and Rik Mayall all provided voices, as Buttercup (a one-off character in the 'Winter On Watership Down' two-part episode), Hannah and Kehaar, respectively. To a lesser extent, Stephen Gately, who performed the re-working of 'Bright Eyes', provided the voice of Blackavar, and comedy actor Stephen Mangan provided the voice of Bigwig and later Silverweed for the third series replacing Tim McInnerny who provided his voice for the first series episode 'The Easy Life'. Blackavar was a character that was killed off in the film, but due to the series' younger target audience, as well as respecting the book, this was omitted.


Character Traits

Hyzenthlay is replaced by a character called Primrose, the connection to Efrafa is replaced by a heritage in a warren called Redstone and she also loses her psychic powers. Fiver's power of prescience is more prominent in the series and goes blank with visions, sometimes telepathic, instead of simply delivering omens. He also speaks in rhyme for most of his visions. Vervain becomes less threatening and is displayed as something of a comical coward, rather pretentious and hypocritical. Unlike the book and film, Kehaar severs his gull-like instincts and becomes attached to the Watership rabbits, even pushing aside his own kind in one situation. Captain Broom, a new character, is somewhat senile and talks about his experiences like it was all fun, possibly even to the point of boring every other rabbit within earshot (hypothetically). Also Blackberry may have been changed to a doe from being a buck in the original book and film, but she still retains the cleverness of her male counterpart. More of a backstory was also created for both General Woundwort and Silverweed most notibly during the third series. Woundwort past was explained a lot more (including the identity of both his parents and the warren from which he orginally came from; Darkhaven) and Silverweed was given abilities similar to Fiver's, but he had some exclusive talents, for example when he touches a rabbit, he can see wherever or not they are good or not. Hyzenthlay (Shine-dew-fur or fur shining like dew) is one of the Efrafan does that escaped with Bigwig. ... Efrafa Efrafa is a fictional warren is the novel Watership Down; originally portrayed as a fascist regime. ... Redstone is a fictional warren from Watership Down, found in the TV series only; there is no mention of Redstone in either the original book or the feature film. ... Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... Vervain is one of the Efrafan rabbits from the tale Watership Down. ... characterized by assumption of dignity or importance. ... For other uses, see Watership Down (disambiguation). ... Blackberry is a fictional character: a buck rabbit in Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. ... General Woundwort is a fictional rabbit villain in the Richard Adams novel Watership Down. ... Silverweed is Cowslips seer in the Warren of the Shining Wires. ... Darkhaven is a warren that is only seen in Series 3 of the Watership Down TV Series. ...


DVD Distribution Error

When the DVD boxset was released by Rights Entertainment/Universal in the UK; there was an error. The episode 'Bigwig's Way' isen't featured on any of the 14 cases, instead it was 'Dandelion's Big Story' an episode which was ment to be produced, but was likely dropped in favour of 'Bigwig's Way'. Acording to the old Watership Down official webpage (for the TV Series which is now closed), the story was going to be about Dandelion telling the young rabbits a story about El-ahrah (the Series shortened name for El-ahrairah) with Hazel, Bigwig etc. filling the roles of the characters in the story, while the real Hazel and Bigwig attempted a raid on Nuthanger Farm. Also the episode 'Bigwig's Way' was featured on the 10th volume of the set along with two episodes from Series 3 instead of the 8th, it was added after the first 3 episodes of Series 3 (on Volume 9), which was slightily confusing as it should have been added inbetween Episodes 24 (The Invasion) and 26 (The Homecoming). Also the 'Winter On Watership Down' two parter was added on the 14th and last disk, though this held no real importance to the overall story, nor did 'Bigwig's Way' though on Volume 10 it ment the animation switched between the series 1/2 style and the series 3 style. Despite this error the boxset was indeed complete. Look up universal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... El-ahrairah is a fictional character, the rabbit folk hero in Richard Adamss Watership Down and the protagonist of nearly all of the rabbits stories. ...


See also

Watership Down is an animated film directed by Martin Rosen and based on the book Watership Down by Richard Adams. ... Tales from Watership Down was a follow-up to Richard Adams highly successful novel about rabbits, Watership Down, and was first published in the United Kingdom in 1996. ...

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