The upcoming CGI-animated remake of Watership Down may be darker than you think.
Based on Richard Addams' acclaimed novel, which was adapted in 1978 as a pretty dark animated film, the miniseries is joint-produced by Netflix and the BBC. Before the premiere later this month, one of the producers is warning parents that just because it’s a show about rabbits does not mean it is “cute."
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Rory Aitken confessed the miniseries might be too violent and frightening to show young children. "Television is about family viewing,” he said. “But it’s clearly not appropriate for younger children."
However, Aitken bemoans the labeling of the story as purely horror. “[Watership Down] is one of the greatest piece of literature in the 20th century and I think it's a shame when people say, 'Oh, Watership Down is terrifying,'" he said. "We wanted to adapt it in a way that gives you all of those dimensions and isn't reduced to, ‘is it scary or not?’”
Watership Down stars James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, Gemma Arterton, Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, Peter Capaldi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Tom Wilkinson, Taron Egerton, Rosie Day, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chen and Miles Jupp. It premieres Dec. 22 on BBC One and Dec. 23 on Netflix.