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Steve Reviews: Watership Down 2018 Remake vs The Original 1978

Hi Guys. For this Steve Reviews we'll be looking at the CGI 2018 remake of Watership down, whilst always comparing it to the original 1978 version. Which version is the better? Check out my review to find out, and let me know which version YOU preferred
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  1. RobinOfTheForest


    پیش 6 دقیقه

    Theres just something about death and despair that I enjoy watching

  2. Mrs ARY

    Mrs ARY

    پیش 7 ساعت

    They change the focus from their struggles to survive in the dangerous world around them to their personal issues. Sounds about right for the times we live in.

  3. Oneida Wolf

    Oneida Wolf

    پیش روز

    I actually liked the 2018 remake. I watched it on Netflix though not BBC. Does that mean I have bad taste?

  4. Louis Greenland

    Louis Greenland

    پیش 4 روز

    Bigwig: *must decide if they must kill a fellow innocent rabbit to preserve their cover* Also Bigwig :3

  5. David Herron

    David Herron

    پیش 4 روز

    It truly beggers belief that even an abscure title like this was remade. It's gone beyond taking the classic to assimilate , they are just copying and remaking everything. I have a 60 min VHS cartoon video of a turd, that needs the CGI treatment lol

  6. OnE gRuMpY bOi

    OnE gRuMpY bOi

    پیش 5 روز

    Why are animals always used as cold war propaganda...?

  7. Sage Kile

    Sage Kile

    پیش 6 روز

    Honestly man I kinda prefer the 2018 Watership Down but I do understand that there are flaws within the movie.

  8. kelsey golden

    kelsey golden

    پیش 6 روز

    how the hell did i not know there was a 2018 remake

  9. KynanCameron117


    پیش 8 روز

    This is a 2020 comment But wait Its not

  10. { 「 Amour Love 」 }

    { 「 Amour Love 」 }

    پیش 9 روز

    Watership Down be like: *But wait,it’s not*

  11. Rachel Quigley

    Rachel Quigley

    پیش 13 روز

    There a whole bbc( I think I can't really remember) kids cartoon series on watership down if anyone interested. it kind of follows the original film in the beginning, adds in more character and give a beyond after the rabbits war

  12. BruhSoundFX


    پیش 13 روز

    bruh watership down 2018 had a budget of 20 mil and spiderman into the spiderverse had 90 mil

  13. MforMovesets


    پیش 16 روز

    I can't even watch the scene where it's described how the rabbits die in a mass panic to this day. Still traumatized because as a kid I thought it's a regular cartoon. When I watch Felidae, the screaming of cats burns into my mind for days, but Watership Down... I can't even watch it.

  14. El Conde

    El Conde

    پیش 16 روز

    The original is the best. The point is they cannot remake this movie ever. The one that they made in 2018 claiming to be a remake is bulshit. Because you cannot remake a masterpiece. you cannot make a messterpiece better than what it already is it's already a messterpiece. Watership down 1978 is a masterpiece that can't be remade or complicated turn in 2018 is nothing but a poser want to be. The 2018 version can not and will not ever live up to the professional value of the original watership down 1978.

  15. Jason U

    Jason U

    پیش 16 روز

    irmys.info/more/ZqGnnaxtcaaHdpw/fy-lm-h-y.html You neeeeeed to seeeeeee this!!!

  16. Pooky1991


    پیش 16 روز

    What irritated me more about the remake is much the Lion King remake, their decision to go for CGI and to attempt a more realistic looks, makes it hard to tell any of these characters apart from each other. It also feels like the remake squandered the opportunity to be creative with its CGI when portraying certain scenes. Irritated me as well that they tried to create a romantic element that even the book didn't have because it was pretty much established in the book that rabbits don't take stock of romance like many creatures might. The remake also missed the opportunity to combine both reasons established in the book that does are better diggers than bucks so they are vital for even living in a warren and are needed to carry the future generations. With how much longer the remake is, theres no excuse why they couldn't have fleshed put everything better than the original.

  17. Nathan Atkinson

    Nathan Atkinson

    پیش 17 روز

    I would happily listen to you ramble on about my favourite childhood film for 3 hours. Make a podcast dude.

  18. Otaking Mikohani

    Otaking Mikohani

    پیش 17 روز

    Considering how the BBC treated Doctor Who and fans of geek culture, I wouldn't be surprised if they changed everything with the female rabbits just because they thought the original was "problematic"

  19. k9kimbo


    پیش 17 روز

    I like the remake better fight me It’s because I’m not mad that the creepy imagery was put into the remake because I think they were trying to make it a bit more kid friendly.

  20. X0RPH0B1AS


    پیش 17 روز

    Fiverr, huh? Where's the rabbit named Tinder?

  21. Shadow People

    Shadow People

    پیش 17 روز

    Title translation:But wait, its not

  22. Jabberkong


    پیش 18 روز

    Try to catch me blank and derpy 😂😂

  23. Diane Miles

    Diane Miles

    پیش 19 روز

    Instead of Bright Eyes they gave it Fire on Fire by Sam Smith which I do think is a wonderful ear worm that belongs with the tone of the movie. For me WSD has always been about the culture, magic, world building of the wild rabbits of the English countryside and how they would have their own language for human things, their own wants and needs and life cycles that are already super difficult to survive without mankind encroaching. It's a fast-paced, deadly, short life for a rabbit which is why they want kittens and borrows and grass while they can. A creature that lives and dies like that would surly be obsessed with creationism and afterlife right? Neither adaptation strikes the same tones as the novel. But the longer new version dives into their rabbit-view of the world a little more.

  24. robin


    پیش 19 روز

    I stopped watching the original movie when I was a kid when the bird said “piss off” because I was so scared my dad was going to tell me off for watching a movie with a swear word in it 🥴

    • robin


      پیش 19 روز

      I love the book though, watership down has always been one of my favourite books ever even if it disturbed me.... a lot Especially since I’ve had domesticated rabbits a long time

    • robin


      پیش 19 روز

      Also unrealistic that the hutch rabbits would survive in the wild... like at all. Domesticated rabbits have absolutely no survival skills and would either starve to death within a few days or immediately get inhaled by a predator rip

  25. Samantha Chang

    Samantha Chang

    پیش 20 روز

    *but wait it’s not* (also why at 9:15 are they swimming?! RABBITS CAN NOT SWIM!! As a rabbit owner I know this)

  26. Colin Haynes

    Colin Haynes

    پیش 21 روز

    To be fair, the part where they needed does partially to dig was also book, and in real life, it is indeed the does who do most of the digging. So no, it really was not that much of a bullshit reason.

  27. Mr. Green

    Mr. Green

    پیش 22 روز

    Bro female rabbits are better diggers look it up that’s an actual thing please look things up before you claim something to be fact

  28. Mr. Green

    Mr. Green

    پیش 22 روز

    I really liked the new water ship down but that’s just me

  29. Viccolas Vic

    Viccolas Vic

    پیش 25 روز

    you want a reason to watch the remake just letting you know my cat watched THE ENTIRE THING. The rabbits were realistic enough that my cat was engaged and she's not a big fan of watching TV so I was glad she got some enjoyment for something that would be more interesting to cats than myself.

  30. Brendan Aviation

    Brendan Aviation

    پیش 25 روز

    1500M just watched Steve saying BUT WAIT IT'S NOT for 30:37 minutes

  31. Sergio Godinez

    Sergio Godinez

    پیش 27 روز

    A quick Google search yields info about how female rabbits will dig than males more because of the instinct to create breeding dens. So the remake might not be pulling stuff out of nowhere when they talk about needing females to help them dig.

  32. Francisca Ice Mage

    Francisca Ice Mage

    پیش 28 روز

    General Woundwarts last words 1987: "Dogs Aren't dangerous!" 2018: "I fear nothing"

  33. Yvonne T

    Yvonne T

    پیش ماه

    What?! You seriously think the relationship between glover abs hazel was bad or not important? That made me want them to succeed even more...plus hazel gave clues that he wanted a partner.

  34. JadeStep 96

    JadeStep 96

    پیش ماه

    *"B U T W A I T I T ' S N O T ."*

  35. Dawn Fitzwater

    Dawn Fitzwater

    پیش ماه

    The book was better... and the remake really sucked.... js.... 1978 was closer to the book.

  36. Primitive Human

    Primitive Human

    پیش ماه


  37. coolfoxy 17

    coolfoxy 17

    پیش ماه

    But wait ITS NOT

  38. John R

    John R

    پیش ماه

    The remake was s disappointment....

  39. ze Kringe θωθ

    ze Kringe θωθ

    پیش ماه

    Guys, the 1999 version is clearly the superior

  40. BedfastHealer 78

    BedfastHealer 78

    پیش ماه

    In the remake, you technically don't know why Kehaar was late because it's never expanded upon. So by your own rules, you can't hold it against the mini series

  41. Tuesday 2 Thursday

    Tuesday 2 Thursday

    پیش ماه

    Fire on fire is fire 🔥

  42. Tuesday 2 Thursday

    Tuesday 2 Thursday

    پیش ماه

    The bird flying with the water was so beautiful that it wins the animation

  43. Jake King 401

    Jake King 401

    پیش ماه

    The animated movie is not a movie for children

  44. HollowSpots


    پیش ماه

    To be honest though, I like the remake way much better. I love the opening and how they did it, and I love the new animation way better than the original. Sure, yes, the original was great, but I just feel like you should have given more props to the remake! Also, with the warren filling in, Iin the remake, I really don't think they could have done the same as the original, because it's more realistic, and they obviously can't just do that, and shift their realism. Plus, I absolutely thought that particular scene was quite intense, and it had me holding my breath. I dunno, I just really don't like ( *hate* ) this review. Sorry.

  45. Ryan Pendzik 97

    Ryan Pendzik 97

    پیش ماه

    I think in the book they even said that they can’t dig

  46. Swift Nimblefoot

    Swift Nimblefoot

    پیش ماه

    15:47 - I always assumed as Keehar travels a lot - being a gull - he basically got his accent from listening to all sorts of people. I'd say he accent is part scottish, part scandinavian and part russian.

  47. Swift Nimblefoot

    Swift Nimblefoot

    پیش ماه

    07:40 - Guess you never read the book? That's also a biological fact. Bucks don't dig, they protect the warren and fight other bucks. In the book and the animated show it is Hazel who talks the others into actually trying to work, but that's also why they are motivated to rescue the does. Blackberry was the only female with them in the cartoon, and she couldn't dig it out alone.

  48. Swift Nimblefoot

    Swift Nimblefoot

    پیش ماه

    Wait, Hazel died in the 1978 version??? In the book he lives for long years with Hyezenthal and has many kids before he dies. And huh in the new show they hooked Hazel up with Clover, not Hyzenthal?

    • Jenna Carr

      Jenna Carr

      پیش 5 روز

      Hazel dies at the end of the 1978 version, yes, but it's many many years later (he's old and gray by that time) so it stuck very close to the book :)

  49. Swift Nimblefoot

    Swift Nimblefoot

    پیش ماه

    I love Watership down... I own the book, the sequels, the animated series. Not really a fan of the old movie as it simplified too much and made the characters look too much alike. But boy, the new one... I could only watch it for maybe 3 episodes. After seeing General Woundwort looks like all the other CGI rabbits, with zero expressions? And the fight scenes... I just grew tired and gave up. Such a waste, given the great voice actors. Also, I know the BBC is pisspoor, and can only afford crap CGI (as seen on Dr Who) but boy, I seen console games with better animals than these. As for secondary characters, the 1999 animated series does a better job fleshing them out than this one did. For starters, you can tell them apart!

  50. scarlettangel14


    پیش ماه

    Is it wrong I keep adding to some of his critiques under my breath: "Cuz its it the book." Did it with his Plague Dog review as well.. "Cuz Richard Adams said so, my guy." Side Note: Still very much enjoying his perspective and is curious if he does a book review, would his opinions change.



    پیش ماه

    Haha he said BBC. Let me stop

  52. Asgardian Queen 1014

    Asgardian Queen 1014

    پیش ماه

    You think the lack of emotion is bad here? Lion King 2019 is even worse.

  53. staygold ponyboy

    staygold ponyboy

    پیش ماه

    The new version is hraka

  54. Loneboy 123

    Loneboy 123

    پیش ماه

    7:21 Is Bigwig gay?

  55. Hazel Hart

    Hazel Hart

    پیش ماه

    2:27 i do?



    پیش ماه

    Steve: But wait, it's not! Michael: Or is it?

  57. alex hobbins

    alex hobbins

    پیش ماه

    3D works for some things, but not everything. I couldn’t watch the remake through, because it had no soul. The whole bit about the does made me laugh because it was trying to not seem “sexist” but seemed more sexist with the females, doing the hard work and at the end they’re rabbits not people



    پیش ماه

    I saw both of them.

  59. Anthony Gierbolini

    Anthony Gierbolini

    پیش ماه

    2:25 - 2:33 you spoild the movie i was gonna watch this movie with my fetus buddy you fricker

  60. Jenna Carr

    Jenna Carr

    پیش 2 ماه

    I would love for you to read the book and get your perspective on it. The original film does a much better job of sticking closer to the book (except for Violet's existence, which is not a thing, and Woundwort killing Blackavar... also not a thing) than the remake does, but even then it has its own edits (probably for budget and time reasons) that just don't add up. In the book, the bucks actually start to dig the warren with the help of Strawberry (who, by the way, is a buck in the book), but the book explains that the digging of a burrow is the natural job of a doe digging for her expected litter. The Effrafan does also express how much of their discontent was due to reabsorbing their litters before birth (rabbits do this naturally under stress) and not being allowed to dig. Also! The book never explains WHO Clover's litter is by (I assume it's Holly, because it explains that Holly takes a liking to Clover because she seems more robust than the other hutch rabbits), though it's never outright stated.

  61. Lifted Sailboat

    Lifted Sailboat

    پیش 2 ماه

    I actually cackled so hard when Big Wig said he was a story teller. Like.. why the fuck did they decide to retcon that tiny detail and replace it for something so non-sensical.

  62. Falmer Balmer

    Falmer Balmer

    پیش 2 ماه

    So basically is the walking dead but rabbits and without the zombies ?

  63. godzilla gaming.studios

    godzilla gaming.studios

    پیش 2 ماه

    review 1953 war of the world please

  64. Heath Johnson

    Heath Johnson

    پیش 2 ماه

    I grew up loving the original, I read the book and the sequel. When I found out there was a cool new remake coming I was stoked! Then I watched it and I was literally completely let down. The remake is just a waste of time, don’t bother yo.

  65. Madame Red

    Madame Red

    پیش 2 ماه

    Can we talk about how much worse the aesthetics are?

  66. Phoenix Darkfire

    Phoenix Darkfire

    پیش 2 ماه

    I just listened to the book and now I'm going to watch these movies and hoo boy...

  67. Payton Burrows

    Payton Burrows

    پیش 2 ماه

    For the longest time I heard Woundort’s name as “Wound-wart” or “Wound-war”.

  68. Robin Clear

    Robin Clear

    پیش 2 ماه

    I prefer the original ive got it on dvd

  69. Natalie Patton

    Natalie Patton

    پیش 2 ماه

    Anyone else realize that Fiver’s eyes r different colours in the remake? No just me? Ok

  70. Shallibodhran


    پیش 2 ماه

    To be fair...in the novel they use both excuses to get females: no kittens, and females tend to dig more than the males; the story mentions this a few times.

  71. Supremerecking23


    پیش 2 ماه

    But wait it's not

  72. Nova WildPaw

    Nova WildPaw

    پیش 2 ماه

    now watch Watership Down TV series it gets bonkers many times here a few to look forward to: Watership Down and the journey to BIG WATER so Kehaar can get the smash Watership Down and badger best friend love hug hug revolution Watership Down meet the traveler rabbits speaking the word of GOD Watership Down junkyard rabbits with the power of FIGHT CLUB Watership Down the power of MAGIC MOUSE and SUPER SEER RABBIT Watership Down undead bunny say no to the SQUISH SQUISH Watership Down how to train your hawk Watership Down you got a friend in woundwort ever wonder how rabbits celebrate Christmas well have no fear this show got you covered this is only a hand full of things that happens... you all need to see this madness it is so good XD

  73. johnnywetbrain


    پیش 2 ماه

    Yeah needing does to dig was TOTALLY STUPID. A prime example of how modern feminism is toxic and infantililizing to women. "We need women to create life" or "we need women to work". Which seems more empowering to women? Hmmm???? This change up to be more sensitive and PC denies our nature and dumbs down women. Women and men can both work equally, sure. Men can never ever ever HAVE BABIES. Thanks for taking that away from women, remake.

  74. King Aaron XCII

    King Aaron XCII

    پیش 2 ماه

    Sometimes I like to put a napkin on my boner and pretend it's a ghost.

  75. Onyx Games

    Onyx Games

    پیش 2 ماه

    What I got out of Woundorts back story in the Netflix show was that he was weak or so he saw himself as such. He didn't want that ever again so he made himself strong and from what he saw the strong control and kill he weak, what does he do? Just that. He becomes a dictator anyone showing any weakness is taken out. Btw I absolutely love both but the original will always be my go to.

  76. Rohaan Thomas

    Rohaan Thomas

    پیش 2 ماه

    OMG WATERSHIP DOWN WAS MY CHILD HOOD (and also the saddest movie I’ve ever seen). :(

  77. Cartercus


    پیش 2 ماه

    Thanks for this video. The original film means a lot to me as it was a big part of my childhood. I feel you’ve articulated what makes it such a classic. Keep up the awesome work.

  78. Roland Lawrence

    Roland Lawrence

    پیش 2 ماه

    and the 78 version had the most tearjerking theme ( irmys.info/more/mHuqiqV8ca-Nk7A/fy-lm-h-y.html ) that made the bambi hunter scene feel like a comedy :P

  79. Nameless Navnløs

    Nameless Navnløs

    پیش 2 ماه

    My biggest question for both the original and the remake still remains unanswered... How did they get rid of the dog after it killed Woundwort... x"D

  80. Tyrion Cypher

    Tyrion Cypher

    پیش 2 ماه

    The remake is really rubbish.

  81. Sebastian Rod

    Sebastian Rod

    پیش 2 ماه

    actually rabbits or hares do dig and it is the females who dig the burrows.... soo thats a nice touch tbh ;) and males tend to guard it fiercely i mean jesus fucking christ they will kill intruders. and you think rabbits/bunnies/hares are cute eh?

  82. The Michael

    The Michael

    پیش 2 ماه

    Wait until Watership Down the anime. 24 episodes of rabbits trying to find a new home. That fight between Woundwort and Bigwig takes 3 episodes in the anime. Then there's the beach episode.

  83. The Michael

    The Michael

    پیش 2 ماه

    Me in 1979 tuning HBO to Watership Down: yay! Bunnies! Not knowing what I was about to experience.

  84. Star Flower

    Star Flower

    پیش 2 ماه

    They want it to be more realistic.

  85. Velociraptor


    پیش 2 ماه

    "Made by BBC" *Oh, so THAT'S why there aint a WWD reboot.*

  86. Kira Dozier

    Kira Dozier

    پیش 2 ماه

    wild hares and rabbits typically raised on farms are VERY different. those hutch rabbits wouldn't have lasted two days in the wild. people release domestic rabbits when they cant take care of them/don't want them and that's literally a death sentence for the animals. domestic rabbits are dependent on humans.

  87. Kimmy Kitsune Reza

    Kimmy Kitsune Reza

    پیش 2 ماه

    I used to love this movie when I was younger, I even wrote into itv to ask to have it put on over Christmas.... "When writing in was a thing and ya know before we had more than 5 chanels" 😅 And even then channel five was a nightmare to get a signal on 😑

  88. Broken Pen Ink.

    Broken Pen Ink.

    پیش 2 ماه

    Anyone else think kahi old version sounds like dunkey?

  89. Kimberley Jane McNab

    Kimberley Jane McNab

    پیش 2 ماه

    Omg, you just said everything I hated about the new and old adaptations. Having read the book several times as a child. This book was written in the early 70’s and Adams had seen both the horror of WW2 as a child and the destruction of countryside for housing soon after. It was a children’s book based on the stories he told his children when on car journeys, thus it’s marketing as a children’s novel. The new version sanitises these themes for the modern “snowflake” audience!

  90. Jon Wilhelm

    Jon Wilhelm

    پیش 2 ماه

    On the bench on the drawbridge over the stream by the human village is a plack dedicated to Richard Adams . . . who wrote the book. Actually, I found the newer production splendid, more fulfilling, and downright touching. I'd just revisited the novel with Audible so stumbling on the BBC & Netflix adaptation was serendipity; And a pleasure, I'll give it five carrots.

  91. Chad Dixon

    Chad Dixon

    پیش 2 ماه

    In the book the does do dig the burrows. It says the bucks are too lazy and lethargic. Just sayin...

  92. Discord’s Apple

    Discord’s Apple

    پیش 2 ماه

    I’d like to listen to a breakdown of the scenes in both Anyone else?

  93. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones

    پیش 3 ماه

    To answer your question because saying they need females to carry on the next generation might insult the LGBT community I’m telling you that’s exactly why they changed that

  94. Gijsbertus Laurens van de Vooren

    Gijsbertus Laurens van de Vooren

    پیش 3 ماه

    Feminism kills modern movies.

  95. Emma Grove

    Emma Grove

    پیش 3 ماه

    As a traditional animator who refuses to give up her paper and pencils (and paints), I appreciate you recognizing how just making something CGI doesn't improve it. The original is one of the best animated films ever made. In re-watching it, I was stunned at the focus on all the GORGEOUS watercolor backgrounds and the intense atmosphere they create.

  96. Gomotsang Diseko

    Gomotsang Diseko

    پیش 3 ماه

    This is awesome....But wait it is not



    پیش 3 ماه

    I think the reason the animation is so automated is because of one thing= budget and time...... you might think the animator were payed to do this. But looking at it, i doubt the animators were payed well enough and given enough time to do this. This must have been an extremely rushed job. The team lead and senior animator couldn't even bother re-check and correct the animation, suggest that there wasn't enough time to finish and refine the animation. Most of them looks like blocking stages. They don't outsourced their job, but were given hellish schedule to finish it, and it shows. Had they outsourced this to another country where the animators can outwork the one working on this, the animation would not be this subpar. You cannot compared this to Spiderman, that movie was heavily outsourced elsewhere where people can work overtime without getting compensated. Yeah, i am not joking. The movie is done by non-Americans who were pay less to do more.

  98. Vapor Colesynder

    Vapor Colesynder

    پیش 3 ماه

    pretty sure they left out the "we need females for mating" because actual women would consider it objectifying. as a woman myself, however, i don't personally care and i can see the reasoning behind it the original dialogue, but some others may not (as these are animals, after all, not people).

  99. Dakers11


    پیش 3 ماه

    Steve . . I was hoping you would say one good new twist about the 2018 Remake . At the movies end, the CGI Sandleford blends in to the real Sandleford. A young lad is running and carrying a little kit. When his mum shouts. "Richard Adams , what have you got there ? " . .

  100. Irish iz

    Irish iz

    پیش 3 ماه

    Christ, am I the only one that has never heard of this movie? Is that because I am in America? And if that is the reason.........WTF is wrong with you Brits showin' this kind of insanity to children?