The picture to the right shows the destruction of Sandleford by a bulldozer, as reported by one of the rabbits that escaped in time. What is great about these four stills is the way in which they are so abstract. The frantic red eyes, the open mouths, they seem to be screaming out. It really highlights the distress that must be felt by the rabbits. And then there is the bottom right picture which shows the horror of the bulldozer. The figure of the rabbit is stripped down and looks completely lifeless. The one uprooted tree is both symbolic and simply shows what a bulldozer does. Also, the choice of the contrasting blue against the red and yellow just makes this picture all the more impressive.
In the picture to the left, we see Blackavar being mutilated and punished for wanting to escape Efrafra. Efrafra is another warren in Watership Down which is a police state. Blackavar was made an example of: no one leaves Efrafra. I loved the brutality of this picture. When you think of cartoon you think of a children's story, the same counts for rabbits. This one still shows that 'Watership Down' is different. There is an agression and power in this picture that used to scare me as a child, in a good way. I understood the terror of a police state much easier this way. The consequences of disagreeing with the state might not be worth it. Much like 'Animal Farm', animals have taken on human traits to make us take a step back and look at ourselves.
So, what do you think of the pictures? Do you have fond memories of any childhood book?