Yes, there is such a thing as a bunny cartoon about survival, and I’ll get to it shortly.
Meanwhile, I love Bugs Bunny cartoons. I think it’s too bad they’re not shown anywhere any more—at least not that I know of. While my focus isn’t on Bugs Bunny today, I trust you won’t mind a brief trip down Memory Lane.
When I was in college, I went on a date with a friend’s sister. To my amazement she didn’t like Bugs Bunny or other Warner Brothers cartoons because she thought they were too violent. I couldn’t believe it. Her brother was such a character, but, unlike him, she had no sense of humor. Perhaps it’s needless to say it, but that night was our one and only date.
If you’re like that girl, let me caution you that you won’t appreciate my DestinySurvival Pick this week. No, it’s not Bugs Bunny. It’s an animated movie about rabbits, but it’s also not a cute bunny story like what you might see from Disney.
It’s Watership Down, a British production from 1978, based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. What’s the survival connection? It’s the story of a group of rabbits who leave their home warrens after one of their members prophesies danger is coming.
The rabbits wisely bug out and go on a quest for a new home. On their journey they encounter enemies that include dogs, cars, men, and other rabbits. They experience violence, bloodshed and death. Together they find their new home, but must engage in battle to defend themselves and secure it.
There’s plenty of drama and suspense. You’ll be enthralled by the twists and turns of the story. If you’ve seen it, but it’s been a while, you’ll want to see it again.
Animation is realistic, and acting and music are excellent. Sex and language aren’t issues of concern. It’s your judgment call as to whether you let young children watch.
Bugging out is serious business. Will you or I be forced by circumstances to do it one day? Where will we go? How will we survive the difficulties and dangers we may face? Will we survive as well as the rabbits in Watership Down?
If you show “Watership Down” to friends or relatives, especially around the holidays, you’ll kill the party, and they may think twice before coming back. Of course, if that’s your goal, go right on ahead! Watch and enjoy. On the other hand, it just might stir a little thoughtful discussion among those who will watch it with you.
To get a copy of Watership Down, click on its title where you see it in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured, and you can order from there.
See my review of the novel here.