The new Watership Down trailer is even darker than you’d expect

We might be in store for another bunny bloodbath

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You know how cheery 1978 cartoon Watership Down gave a generation of children of nightmares with its violent bunny Armageddon? Well, the trailer for the new Christmas BBC1 adaptation looks just as intense.

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Okay, we don’t see a shot of a badger emerging from some bushes with blood dripping from its mouth, but the sneak peek of the two-part animation showcases some very dark imagery.

We see a group of small animal stranded on a dustpan lid in the middle of a river, a very evil-looking colony of bunnies in a thunderstorm plotting to wipe out a burrow, several rabbit-on-rabbit punches and one of the furry creatures almost flattened by a car.

Happy Christmas, everyone!

The BBC/Netflix co-production is set to follow Richard Adams’ book set in rural England, telling the story of a group of rabbits that escape their warren after Fiver, a seer, is haunted by visions foreseeing their home’s destruction.

But although this version of Watership Down is set to traumatise you all over again, it’ll do so with a stellar voice cast: you can expect to hear James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, John Boyega, Peter Capaldi, Mackenzie Crook and Taron Egerton.

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Watership Down will air as two feature-length episodes on BBC1 on Saturday 22 December and Sunday 23 December


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