READ THIS VHS BOX DESCRIPTION.
Cute movie about brave rabbits finding a new home and a silly seagull right? PERFECT FOR ALL AGES yea? FEELGOOD FUN MOVIE yea?
WELL, SORRY IF IT DIDN’T TELL YOU IT HAS FEVER INDUCED RABBIT NIGHTMARE PREMONITIONS OF RABBITS BEING BURIED ALIVE with their BLOOD STAINING THE SOIL…BLEEDING RABBITS FIGHTING TO THE DEATH…RABBITS DEAD AND STREWN OVER BARBED WIRE… (Video with clips, if you dare)
YOU WANT NIGHTMARE FUEL?
WATCH THIS FUCKIN MOVIE.
Fun fact: One of my favorite movies as a little child. Like 5-6 years old. Formative influence on how I approach fiction/storytelling and life in general.
I remember I used to love this, though I don’t really remember it, and I definitely really enjoyed the book as a kid.
Ok let me tell you what this movie was and why I loved it as a child. This was a complex movie that didn’t talk down to me -at all-.
This is the story about a group of young people living in a quasi-military oligarchy (that casually requisitions the best resources at the expense of general citizens) ruled by a lazy, complacent bourgeoisie. When they become aware of an impending disaster and attempt to mobilize said authority, they’re ignored. They elect to leave and form their own society elsewhere. This involves passing through harrowingly dangerous country, and several members of the party die. On their journey, they pass through a land that appears to be a prosperous, cultured utopia with advanced art and music - but turns out to be a pacifistic, fatalistic society that accepts horrific oppression to the tune of ‘regular murders’ that are being hushed up to maintain said abundant prosperity in a very ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’ way. They flee. They then run afoul of a vast and powerful absolute totalitarian government that exists in a 1984-like dystopia situation. Utilizing scientific knowledge, cleverness, and advanced planning, they work with underground rebels there to overthrow the government, murder the dictator, and liberate a bunch of the citizens to the democratic socialist society they form. This is presented with a realistic amount of violence and death, not sugar coated or solved through feel-good conversations about caring and sharing, or with magic, as is often the case in kiddie media.They do all of this while exposing to the reader a complex and well-built folklore and mythology unique to them. It deals with life, death, personal freedom, and other deep philosophical concepts.
Also, everyone is rabbits.
Did I get all of this when I was five? Fuck no. But I did understand that it was a way more interesting and complicated story with more going on in it than most of the media that was presented to me at the time. It had good guys and bad guys and middle-of-the-road guys, heroes and cowards and people just trying to get by and people who weren’t involved and casual brutality that was a force of nature that no one could do anything but react to, and things one could plan for, and was just SO LIKE LIFE.
reblogging again because of that other Watership Down post on my dash.