Watership Down (1978)

Movie review by Brian Camp, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Book-based animated tale has intense peril, violence.

PG 1978 72 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 94 reviews

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age 10+

Book for a lifetime

I read this book after watching the animated movie (1978) as a young girl - i think aged 6 or 7. I read the book at the age of 9 or 10. I loved animals, but was more taken in by a story with real life issues. Friendship, fear, adversity, sticking together, personalities and differing gifts, finding a new home, death and near death, and different communities that can lie to you, as well as try to control you in the name of safety. It fits well at certain times in our adult lives as well as give a child a heads up on real life possible things to consider. The story does have a happy ending after the troubles and I now read it as an adult at least once each year. It helps me through tough times and gives me more hope than fear.

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age 2+

a lot of people say this is not a kids movie but its not true

this is a kids movie. yes it has blood, yes it has some language but its nothing that goes past PG. obviously I wouldn't show it to my cousins daughter Ellen but I would recommend it

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