Forty years since its original release, Watership Down is back!

The horrifying 1978 short film is an iconic animation movie that shaped many children’s lives while growing up in the 1980s.

Fortunately, it got a more child-friendly makeover as it aired over Christmas on BBC One. For those that missed it, here’s how you can watch the swanky 3D cartoon online.

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Hazel prepares the rabbits for battle against Woundwort’s army – (C) Watership Down – Photographer: Screengrab

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Clover and the other prisoner does ready for escape – (C) Watership Down – Photographer: Screengrab

Is Watership Down on Netflix?

Yes!

Watership Down (2018) is on the global Netflix platform.

This means that you can watch it on the popular streaming platform in Australia, U.K, U.S.A or in any country where Netflix has its own streaming version.

Is Watership Down on BBC iPlayer?

Yes!

For viewers based in the U.K then you can watch Watership Down (2018) via the official BBC player, iPlayer.

The series is online now and has been split into four parts, with two chapters from each of the episodes that were aired on TV.

What is Watership Down 2018 About?

For those who haven’t seen the 1978 classic – or even the 1999 series follow-up – Watership Down follows a colony of rabbits attempting to escape their warren.

To escape, the group must slip from the clutches of evil General Woundwort while evading horrifying dangers such as hungry guard dogs.

Matthew Read, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, said:

Before there was Harry Potter there was Watership Down; Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest selling books in history.

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Watership Down – TX: n/a – Episode: The Siege (No. 4) – Picture Shows: Our band of rabbits travel home to Watership Down – (C) Watership Down – Photographer: Screengrab

It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience with such an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation.

For those wondering whether it’s a good idea to let their kids watch the new series or not, Watership Down 2018 is going to be a lot less brutal.

The 1978 film is renown for scenes of graphic violence and a merciless storyline that kills off main characters – who are, of course, cute little bunnies!

However, the 2018 version will be toned down on that front, reinvented to be both family-friendly and more reflective of the modern era.

 

WATCH WATERSHIP DOWN ON BBC ONE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (22ND AND 23RD DECEMBER)

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