Watership Down is a Netflix CGI fantasy animated television miniseries based on a 1972 novel Watership Down by Richard Adams. The story was inspired and converted into a film. In 2016, the story was adapted by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro. Starring James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Anne-Marie Duff, and John Boyega, this series is produced by Brown Bag Films, BBC, Biscuit Films and Netflix. In April 2016, Netflix had announced a new animated miniseries which would be co-produced by BBC. The series is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (International) which contains episodes that are four one-hour episodes. The show follows around a group of rabbits who takes a risky journey to find new shelter. They escape from their former home due to destruction. They have to face many challenges and dangers on their way to seek a new home. They have to defend their new shelter from any harm and struggle for survival. This adaptation of the series has the same traumatizing effect on young kids like the film version. This band of rabbits is led by Fiver a “Seer” who has apocalyptic visions.
The show includes voice-overs from Nicholas Hoult (a.k.a. Nux from Mad Max: Fury Road) as the prophetic Fiver, X-Men veteran McAvoy playing Hazel, Boyega as the physically powerful Bigwig, Arterton as Clover and Olivia Colman is playing Strawberry (who’s a male rabbit in Adams’ original book).
Watership Down Season 1 Cast: Who’s in it?
The voice actors for this series are James McAvoy as Hazel, Sir Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Miles Jupp as Blackberry, Gemma Arterton as Clover, Daniel Kaluuya as Bluebell, Mackenzie Crook as Hawkbit, Freddie Fox as Captain Holly, Anne-Marie Duff as Hyzenthlay, Rory Kinnear as Cowslip, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, and Craig Parkinson as Captain Sainfoin. Other actors are Lee Ingleby as Captain Campion, Jason Watkins as Captain Orchis, Daniel Rigby as Dandelion, AdewaleAkinnuoye-Agbaje as Vervain, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, Jason Faulkner as Frith, Gemma Chan as Dewdrop, Taron Egerton as El-Ahrairah, Henry Goodman as Blackavar, Charlotte Spencer as Nettle, Peter Guinness as Silverweed, Rosie Day as Thethuthinnang, Lizzie Clark as Haystack, Rosamund Pike as The Black Rabbit, Murray McArthur as Farmer and Lorraine Bruce as Farmer’s Wife.
Watership Down Season 1 Plot: What is it about?
Hazel is a heroic leader of the group who tries to save his clan from various apocalyptic threats. Some bunnies are even killed at the hands of cats and dogs. Multiple bunnies lose their lives to myxomatosis. It is a viral disease of rabbits which causes swelling on the rabbit’s face and releases discharge from their eyes.