classic novels that have movie adaptations. Given that I subscribe to one of these services that sends me movies fairly randomly, I haven't received a movie based on a book since this time, but I finally received one in November - Watership Down. This is the first book club book I read, more than three years ago now. I remember not really enjoying it at the time, but I have to admit that Shannon's comment about the book being memorable is apt. I still remember some of the made up words like 'silflay' and 'hrudu'.
Book: "Watership Down" by Richard Adams
Movie: "Watership Down"
Book Publication Date: 1972
Movie Production Date: 1978
Read: August 2007
Watched: November 2010
The movie starts out simply enough with the talk of the great Firth and how rabbits were created and then overpopulated. When the great Firth told El-ahrairah to take care of the problem so he didn't have to do something about it, he was ignored and so Firth made a bunch of predators for the rabbits and had to give the rabbits traits like 'strong hind legs' so they could survive by outrunning threats. After this little opening, the animation changed to what you see in the picture to the left.
I loved the way Fiver was portrayed, and his character was the glue that held together the story. Hazel was there in all his glory, and so is Bigwig, Woundwort and the Black Rabbit. The Black Rabbit (death) was portrayed in an interesting manner, which I really enjoyed as well.
I found the movie didn't hold my attention very strongly, but it was a movie I will probably never forget. I would recommend watching it for those who enjoyed the book, but be prepared that the animation may be nothing like what you've seen before.