The BBC has teamed up with Netflix for an all-new CG take on the classic, and traumatizing, kids’ book Watership Down. Now, they’ve shared a first look at their animated cast of rabbits, via RadioTimes. The images show off several of the story’s main characters, including Hazel (James McAvoy), his little brother Fiver (Nicolas Hoult), Strawberry (Olivia Colman), and Clover (Gemma Arterton). You can check out all the pics in the gallery below!
Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.
The series, written by Tom Bidwell (Bafta-nominated “My Mad Fat Diary”) and directed by Noam Murro (300: Rise Of The Empire). The four-episode (each an hour-long) series is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix and produced by 42 and Noam Murro’s company Biscuit Films.
The drama is created in CG by the animation team, led by Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie) and Hugo Sands; along with the animation studio Brown Bag Films, based in Dublin. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Executive Produced by Rory Aitken, Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran for 42, Noam Murro for Biscuit Films, and Matthew Read for BBC. The mini-series is co-directed by Pete Dodd and produced by Hugo Sands. Animation co-produced by Brown Bag Films, Dublin.