I originally had my drawings compared uploaded on here, but I took them it down since you couldn't see the whole picture. But still, it's pretty interesting to look at the difference between the original movie and the TV series.
I know the book forwards and backwards, upside down, in and out. I am a fucking HARDCORE waterhip fan, and I can nitpick the movie. The thing is, the movie took it seriously, the series did not, because well, it was a freaking children's tv show. They could air an entire episode of pipkin just dicking around. I don't care about blackberry's gender, i don't care if it's a cartoon, i was happy to see watership as a tv show. My issue is when fellow fans clearly do not appreciate something that is given to them that isn't as bad as they say it is.
In fact, in some ways, the series in some small areas does stick to the book. Campion is an important character, woundwort is more than just a brute, and so on.
I loved the movie so much more. The animation in the cartoon was so sloppy, the violence was ridiculously dummed down, didn't even start at the beginning, and I hated how they gave Blackberry's markings to Hazel and Fiver and gave him a gender change. He's just not Blackberry without the dark ears. I also really loathed how they replaced Hyzenthlay with Primrose. Hyzenthlay was actually one of my favourite characters in the book and the movie. Not to mention Pipkin isn't a child or 'kitten' as they say, just a runt like Fiver. I did, however, enjoy the fact that they had some of the characters from the book, apposed to the movie, who left out Hawkbit, Strawberry, and Silverweed, just to name a few. But a lot of the non-canon characters were kind of dumb- Bigwig's girlfriend, for example (Can't remember her name). Just... no. >_> She made Bigwig look like the doe in the relationship.
I dunno... I liked the third more kinda cause it kinda brought the film and tv show and entertwinde them in a weird way that really.. kinda almost works.. O.- never thought I'd say that but i had never had a chance to experience season three myself. Fantastic stuff.
In case you're wondering, I meant the rabbits from the WSD warren were kind of strange. I thought all of the other characters were great.
Season 3 was actually what I was hoping to see in the TV series; it wasn't so much recreating the book but it was building off of the story in the book. I think what made it work was the decision to shift focus from the rabbits at Watership Down to the Efrafrans, the Redstone rabbits, and even Darkhaven, 'cause that was the more interesting story.
If the actual animation WAS done in Canada then it makes me sad for Canadian animation. That said, a lot of first world companies outsource a lot of grunt work to third world countries, even if they don't publicly admit to doing so.
It sounds like you have something against outsourced production work personally. By the way South Korea and Japan are not third world countries. Neither is Taiwan. The only country which does get imported work in the Third World currently is the Philippines and most companies have acknowledged other studios that produce this material.
I have nothing against outsourced work, I have something against outsourcing work when: - The result will be inferior. - It's only done to cut costs, even if it's detrimental to the quality. The animation of the TV series? It's pretty damn awful, even by TV cartoon series' standards.
Well believeit or not a LOT of money was put into the making of the series, though the majority probably went towards the soundtrack and celebrity voices.
The point of this series was to be a much brighter alternative to the extreamily violent, bloody and dark movie, oh and by the way Martin Rosen the director of that film, directed this series too. So obviously the animation wouldn't be as fluent as say a feature film as the UK does not have American type funding. Yes this was a co-production between the Commonwealth nations of Canada and the UK.
However, Funbag Animation one of the companies involved, also made the very cheap looking cartoon; Angela Anaconda....Probably if you knew that right away, you wouldn't find this show to your likeing at all. Trust me I prefer the work they did on this, then with that show!
By Series 3, the animation style had changed, to match the darker tone of the series, but if anything they worked with less money and many agree the characters kinda appear slightly anime-esque in design, but only for Series 3.
Fair enough you don't like the animation of the TV series, I'm assuming either style, but again this was only meant to be a more family friendly version of the film, plus it's a UK/Canada co-production with does not have the same U.S./Disney esquefundsto make a TV series, so yeah don't expect much in the way of very high quality animation here.
aah *sighs* true.. but the story isn't too bad in the show either i supose after a current reviewing nad I have to say I can't get over Steven Fry as Cowslip. THat was just good casting that was. I also enjoyed the fact how it explained in the show why woundwort became the way he is! And i was like OMG so, he was just hurt bad (emotionslly) as a youngone.= Make sense+EPIC explanation!
second the notion sorry I do love the design concepts of the tv version.. but if only they.. i dunno.. looked a tad more realistic.. then yes i could say i like it more but yes.. in that casue.. i like the movies, realism in the scenery and characters both.
I m agree.. And they have horrible amounts of animating errors.. And why councilīs scary police is a coward, and Campion goes swimming every time he sees a river. *Anyone else noticed that?* I mean the Efrafans (my big love) were so easy part from Watershipian. They should be meanier.. But they just donīt make bad guys able to do anything at these days. Good always wins and do one dies.. -_- *Varjokani wants her childhood back*
Sorry. I just miss the old Cartoons were bad guys were mean and scary. T_T
I m agree. Even I liked more Campion in the book.. He was more like me; Cool, and nice, selfish person who makes friends easily, and loves to support and help others. Not the James Bond with 1000 girlfriends like he seems to be in the show. I mean, first he tried to protect Primrose, and then when she ran away with Hazel, Campion got his eyes on Blackberry. -_- Okay, I have admit that I like him.. and want to keep him mine..*Campion is mine!!*