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Classic ‘Watership Down’ is Getting a CGI Update From the BBC

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Classic ‘Watership Down’ is Getting a CGI Update From the BBC

The BBC is developing a CG-animated adaptation of Richard Adams’ children’s classic “Watership Down,” Radio Times reports.

Published in 1972, the novel centers on Fiver, a young rabbit who experiences terrifying visions of his warren’s destruction. Unable to convince the chief rabbit to evacuate, he and his brother Hazel flee with a small group across the danger-filled English countryside in search of a new, safe home.

“Watership Down” was famously adapted in 1978 as an acclaimed animated film, and from 1999 to 2001 as an animated television series. According to Radio Times, the script for the BBC project is still in the early stages.

“People love the 1978 film in but with new CGI technology we can do amazing things,” an unnamed source told the website. “You can see the wind blowing the fur, which you didn’t get with the cartoon film.”

In a separate piece, Radio Times’ Sarah Doran gives voice to those wondering why, after viewing the disturbing 1978 adaptation, “anyone could even consider inflicting it upon another unsuspecting generation.”

What, wind-blown CG fur isn’t reason enough?

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