Voices of John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Roy Kinnear

Thrilling adventure film based on Richard Adam’s novel for all ages. Though animated, this story about a group of rabbits fleeing there home based on one rabbit’s prophecy is actually horrific at points. The filmmakers don’t water down the material-rabbits are shown being killed on screen-and its biblical and political undertones (Moses and the Israelites looking for the promised land, totalitarian societies) give the not-so-cute rabbit tale dramatic heft. The 1970s was a poor decade for animation, but this British picture is an exception. Probably the best animated film of that decade.

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