Watership Down: Minseries (2018)

Watership Down

Critics Consensus

Though its animation leaves something to be desired, Watership Down is a faithful adaptation that will resonate with viewers of any age.



Critic Ratings: 22

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Dec 23, 2018
Air date: Dec 23, 2018
Air date: Dec 23, 2018
Air date: Dec 23, 2018

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Remake of the classic novel of the same name following a small group of rabbits seeking safety from a premonition of impending doom.

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Critic Reviews for Watership Down Minseries

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

This beautifully realised Watership Down is ready to infuse a new generation with a dislike of hunting and greenbelt clearing, and to impress on them the advisability of leaving nature well alone.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Is it even necessary to point out that... this tale has sharpened in resonance? So all you have to do is tell it. And the Netflix version, made in collaboration with the BBC, tells it straight and very well.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a thrilling tale, and everything from the voice work to the direction aid in its multi-layered impact. But the animation is a serious problem.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first thing to report is that it is much less gory than the original. There is a real sense of dread as the rabbits embark on their perilous journey, but there is barely a glimpse of blood.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I felt like it just sort of lost the heart and soul of Watership Down... this miniseries just kind of rang flat for me.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

It might seem absurd, but this movie has emotional heft. The feelings are genuine, not saccharine.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Compelling, dramatic, dark miniseries is very violent.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I loved the CGI after about 10 minutes; took a little getting used to at first, but I thought the stop-go lolloping over fields in particular was brilliantly observed.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The moments that do work, work well - and the adaptation is at its best in its second episode, "The Raid."

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

This was a meaty, lovingly made production that, spread over two days, felt far too long.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Watership Down: Minseries

  • May 15, 2019
    Personally, I really enjoyed this miniseries, but there are some things that are finalized in the series that I can really let go. The animation was wonky and the rabbits ran in a very robotic way, seeming like they were on a grid, and it really shows whenever there's a fighting scene going on. I also feel like the characters (especially Bigwig and Hazel) have been dumbed down quite a bit, like when Bigwig was trying to infiltrate the Efrafan's warren. His lie about being a story teller seemed stupid to me. In the beginnings of the series, Hazel was very naive and wasn't a great leader. And even though I respect his character development, he could've shown at least a little hint of wisdom and leadership skills. There were also events in this story that were changed (which I don't care at all if changes were made) a little too much, like how Clover looked for Hazel instead of Fiver. It didn't totally upset me, but I think we could all agree that Fiver and Hazel has a stronger bond. Also, Kehaar was changed drastically, and not for the better, either. He has a smooth Scottish accent, and speaks perfect English, which I didn't enjoy. He also turns into a giant jerk who tried to leave the rabbits (who fed him and looked out for him), only to come back because of his injured wing. It's just sad seeing him in this state. Even though it seems like I'm ripping on this series for little reasons, I do like most parts. Sure, the animation could've been better, but I think some of the backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous, especially the scene where Fiver was seeing blood streaming over the hills, with the Sun giving the sky a beautiful red-orange tint. I also really enjoy the voice over behind Woundwort (Ben Kingsley). It's something about his voice that comes off as truly menacing. Anyway, all in all, I think this series is pretty good. It does suck that the violence was toned down, but, of course, this is a show for kids.
  • Apr 30, 2019
    Absolutely beautiful animation and storyline is well done. I watched the first episode and I'm hooked. Highly recommended!
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Very disappointing. Makes a charming story dark and depressing. Poor Richard Adams would turn in his grave. Why not stick to the story? They didnâ??t have to invent a story, it was written for them! Stick to the animation which was faithful to the original. Particularly disturbing militarism in final episode. No magic in this version.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    The writing is brilliant, impactfull, deep and uber-duberly well crafted. Love love love!
  • Feb 07, 2019
    nice series for kids animation is pretty good storyline is a bit cliche pacing in each episode was decent. some parts felt to slow, some to fast voice acting was good
  • Jan 27, 2019
    want to see watershipDown Remake of the classic novel of the same name following a small group of rabbits seeking safety from a premonition of impending doom.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Great storytelling. Amazing score. Great performances
  • Jan 19, 2019
    If you have never read the book, you would likely enjoy this movie. But if you are, like I am, a long time fan of the book ... then watch the old animated version instead. It's more true to the actual story than this movie.
  • Jan 18, 2019
    A long cast list chock-full of big names can’t make up for the unfinished-animatic-looking animation and completely indistinguishable characters, which make it a nightmare to follow what’s supposed to be going on.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    A beautiful and engaging surprise

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