Watership Down Trailer Promises The Same Darkness As The Original Movie

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BBC One just dropped the very first trailer for its upcoming Watership Down British-American animated television series and the video teases the same harrowing darkness that clouded over the original 1978 British animated movie.

The trailer for Watership Down has just been released on BBC One's YouTube Channel, raking in more than 30,000 views and 714 likes in its first twenty-four hours on the site. While the animation seems to be rather clunky, reminding viewers of old shows like American sitcom Father of the Pride, this new video for Watership Down promises the same startling yet somber darkness that made the first film a massive success.

For those who aren't familiar with the film, Watership Down is based on Richard Abram's critically-acclaimed 1972 novel of the same name. The rabbits might seem cute on their own, but Watership Down is a rather disturbing tell. Focusing on a group of rabbits led by Hazel who is now voiced by James McAvoy and Fiver who's being voiced by Nicholas Holt, viewers get to see these rabbits embark on a dark and dangerous journey to find a new home, facing danger everywhere they go.

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Set to air internationally on Netflix, BBC's four-part limited series has a star-studded voice cast which includes the talents of McAvoy (X-Men),Hoult, as well as John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Olivia Colman (The Favorite), Ben Kingsley (Operation Finale), Rosamund Pike (A Private War) Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Taron Egerton (Kingsman), and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who).

Watership Down is set to premiere on Netflix on December 23.

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