Everyone was pretty surprised when news broke last year about the BBC and Netflix teaming up to make a CGI animated series based on the classic book/movie, Watership Down. It got even more surprising when we got a cast listing that included top-notch talent like James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Daniel Kaluuya, Olivia Colman and Gemma Arterton, along with Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Taron Egerton, Gemma Chan, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.
Well, the first trailer for the show dropped today and it sounds great if you listen to it. However, the animation looks oddly dated for a network that has been creating much more polished product over the last couple of years.
BBC One’s star-studded new adaptation of Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the much-loved classic.
Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits as they flee the certain destruction of their home.