“Watership Down”: An Adult Animal Story

When I was a child, some of the earliest media I was introduced to were the children’s books written by Beatrix Potter and the 90s animated miniseries which adapted them; later in childhood I was similarly exposed to Kenneth Graham’s Wind in the Willows, which felt like a continuation of this calm watercolor world of woodland creatures. The 1978 film adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down seems to me to inhabit the same aesthetic; the fact that it is intended exclusively for adult audiences makes it my favorite iteration within this pastoral British nature fantasy genre. When…