Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978) is as controversial as it is beloved. Whether due to the tear-jerking hit song 'Bright Eyes' or its notorious presentation of violence inflicted upon animated rabbits, the film retains the ability to move and shock audiences of all ages, remaining an important cultural touchstone decades after its original release.
This collection unites scholars and practitioners from a diversity of perspectives to consider the ongoing legacy of this landmark of British cinema and animation history. Topics include the film's production, reception, music, generic context, the ethics and aesthetics of animated violence, its increasingly relevant political and environmental themes, and its relationship to Richard Adams' 1972 source novel and subsequent adaptations. As the first substantial work on Watership Down, this book will serve as an authoritative introduction for scholars, students and fans alike.