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I plan to show it to my son when he turns 8. I never forgot this movie and I want my son to see it.

Some say it is too violent for children BUT
Planet Earth is dangerous.

What parts did you remember years later?



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First of all , rabbits don't lay eggs
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First of all , rabbits don't lay eggs
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lmao I don't remember that part.

I remember this part
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Re: Watership Down
The whole story of Watership Down reminds me of the
drama we see every day on GLP!

All the characters in this novel can be found in the
personalities some of us are familiar with here--and
the drama...TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TPTB ARE DOING
ABOVE GROUND (while we--the "rabbits down in the ward
without information) and try to connect-the-dots to
survive it all. The story even has a psychic bunny
which is my favorite, of course!

Thanks for the reminder--and I will watch the movie
as I only read the novel. Great read, by the way!

Cheers!
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Read the book to your child. It is a masterpiece. Movie later. Novel might be more appropriate to a post-pubescent.
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I'd submit that the James Herriot novels about the country vet might be more appropriate for the age of your child.

The books, All Creatures Great and Small and others in the series are episodic in mature and the short chapters can be largely digested in a sitting. The stories are charming and not overly dramatic for young minds.
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The whole story of Watership Down reminds me of the
drama we see every day on GLP!

All the characters in this novel can be found in the
personalities some of us are familiar with here--and
the drama...TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TPTB ARE DOING
ABOVE GROUND (while we--the "rabbits down in the ward
without information) and try to connect-the-dots to
survive it all. The story even has a psychic bunny
which is my favorite, of course!

Thanks for the reminder--and I will watch the movie
as I only read the novel. Great read, by the way!

Cheers!
O'sCookie
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Watching some parts now, I was thinking the same thing!

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Point of clarification - should be "nature" not 'mature" in previous post.
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I'd submit that the James Herriot novels about the country vet might be more appropriate for the age of your child.

The books, All Creatures Great and Small and others in the series are episodic in mature and the short chapters can be largely digested in a sitting. The stories are charming and not overly dramatic for young minds.
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This scene was probably influential.
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What age do you suggest?

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The Herriot stories were made into a tv series and they seem to all be available on youtube. Here is the first.



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I actually READ the book Twice when i was eight

i wasnt commonly decored

so goes merica
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The Herriot stories were made into a tv series and they seem to all be available on youtube. Here is the first.



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OH, WOW!!! I didn't know there was a program fashioned after the books...THANK YOU for pointing this out!

I read the entire Herriot series after graduating from college...I was so happy to be reading for entertainment again, and the series of books so delivered. I know I shouldn't get my hopes up that the TV show will be anywhere as good as the books, but I am hoping a little.


OP, your son is at the perfect age for the Herriot books. They will pull him in tune with animals and nature, if he's not already there.

I have to say that I have neither read or seen Watership Down, and I am hugely partial to All Creatures Great and Small and all the other books in the series...but still, the fact remains your son is at the perfect age for the Herriot series of books.


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I plan to show it to my son when he turns 8. I never forgot this movie and I want my son to see it.

Some say it is too violent for children BUT
Planet Earth is dangerous.

What parts did you remember years later?



 Quoting: MyLifeForYou!


Great book and movie. Both are appropriate for the age. If he can deal with the Lion King, Watership Down is OK.

Might try the books as well.The PLague Dogs was especially good.
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I plan to show it to my son when he turns 8. I never forgot this movie and I want my son to see it.

Some say it is too violent for children BUT
Planet Earth is dangerous.

What parts did you remember years later?



 Quoting: MyLifeForYou!


Great book and movie. Both are appropriate for the age. If he can deal with the Lion King, Watership Down is OK.

Might try the books as well.The PLague Dogs was especially good.
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The PLague Dogs
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The Plague Dogs is the third novel by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, about two dogs who escape an animal testing facility and are subsequently pursued by both the government and the media.

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Yeah. I think I was a bit younger than 8. Yeah. The scary parts still stick.
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I plan to show it to my son when he turns 8. I never forgot this movie and I want my son to see it.

Some say it is too violent for children BUT
Planet Earth is dangerous.

What parts did you remember years later?



 Quoting: MyLifeForYou!


I've never watched it.

I heard it was pretty sad.

But good.


Should I now?
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Unfortunately I remember the rabbits getting their necks wrung and sliced with wire :( Must have upset me as a child as that is all I remember, I'll watch it again now.
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Agreed that the Book and movie are both really great. One of my fave books and films. Should be fine for an 8 year old but at that age I dunno if he'd make the symbolic connection between rabbit world and human gov't. Not sure if you'd want to explain that or if it's better he figures it out someday
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A work of genius. Adams invented Watership Down entertaining his daughters with made up stories on long drives in his car. The girls begged to hear more of his "bunny tales" when he was behind the wheel. They deserve some credit for their father's novel. Women inspire us.
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Glad you guys liked it too. The animation isn't great so you either love it for the story or hate it.

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Unique in the annals of animated films, Watership Down is a serious, even grim tale that many will find relentless and depressing and others will find poetic and moving. It doesn't pull any punches. Death -- violent, disturbing death -- is ever present, portrayed in a manner that is astonishingly honest for a cartoon.
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I plan to show it to my son when he turns 8. I never forgot this movie and I want my son to see it.

Some say it is too violent for children BUT
Planet Earth is dangerous.

What parts did you remember years later?



 Quoting: MyLifeForYou!


Great book and movie. Both are appropriate for the age. If he can deal with the Lion King, Watership Down is OK.

Might try the books as well.The PLague Dogs was especially good.
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I'm going to differ with you a little bit here and argue that Watership Down is more appropriate to adolescents and young adults. Furthermore, I would argue it is better read than watched as an animated film.

Children are inundated by images and stories involving anthropomorphized animals with human voices in cartoons and disney movies. What makes Watership Down especially potent is its highly evolved adult themes depicted within the world solely of the animals. Confronting this fictional approach as an adolescent forces the re-examination of allegorical tropes with a deeper psychological lens than the young child can muster. The emerging adult reads the book and they bring to it not the mind of child immersed in such symbolic representations but the mind of an expanding adult awareness with a more complicated psycho-soical context.
Much of the depth of the novel would be lost to a child and the novelty of the experience would be wasted.

I offer this excerpt from the film Donnie Darko as a kind of support to my position, for what it is worth.



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