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January 01, 2013

Watership to Watership - Comparing Introductions


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Hello Class,

Sorry we didn't have time to watch more of this clip in class but at least we got to see the first section of the introduction. A paragraph or two please: What is different about . . .

. . . the intro to the novel WD and the intro to the animated film WD? What things in the novel are NOT in the film? Has anything been added/improvised in the film that wasn't in the novel? If so, what?

After you submit your response to www.turnitin.com, please enter your response here as a comment (TO THIS ARTICLE). Remember, if you get an e-mail reply from me saying that you need to add or re-work your answer, you need to do so in order to get credit. Many of you have gotten these from me and NOT re-worked your answers (you'll have to e-mail them to me if its past the deadline so I can resubmit them manually). This may explain why a few of you (Not all of you) don't have points reflecting in the gradebook yet. Remember, I don't just write replies to you to make myself feel good. I want you to get the most from our lessons!

For Friday, chapter presenters, please keep to the one minute limit in your presentations. I'm going to have to enforce this from now on so that we can keep the class moving. Only the most important details. Also, as I stipulated in the instructions, you shouldn't be reading from a prepared summary, as several students did today. I implied earlier that you could use notes (think: notecards) to help you remember key details, but I want the summary to come directly from you! You don't read your notes to tell your friend what Napoleon Dynamite was about do you? Well, the same goes for this assignment: you simply tell me what is going on in the chapter you picked to focus on.

Chapter presenters for Friday, February 2nd are: 15 - April, 16 - Rebecca, 17 - Steve, 18 - Bettina, 19 - Jaime, 20 - Thomas, 21 - Andy, and 22 - Sherry

If it is NOT your day to present, but you feel you could comfortably present what has happened in a chapter (that the assigned person doesn't show up to class for), if you volunteer to do it, I'll replace any currently existing "0" on your participation score (see turnitin.com) with a "1" These points really do add up in the end, so every little bit helps!

Hope you're enjoying the story. Don't forget the other readings due for Friday, WAL 53-63. I retain the right to quiz at any time (you got lucky today!).

Best, and I'll see you in class,

Dr. Hobbs

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Posted by lhobbs at January 1, 2013 10:13 PM

Readers' Comments:

Although we were unable to watch much of the the feature film version of Richard Adams’, Watership Down, one could still tell that there were noticeable differences between the introductions of the novel and the film. There were basically two main differences between the two, the first of which is the context of the introductions. In the novel, the opening pages seem to focus almost entirely upon the setting, giving creating vivid images of where the story takes place. In the film, however, the director mostly emphasizes the evolution of rabbits as well as the other animals they come in contact with. The director of the film, Martin Rosen, begins with their creation by Frith, “the Sun God,” and progressing forth to such things as the rabbit’s natural enemies, goals and physical attributes.
The second main difference that I noticed between the novel and the feature film is the way in which the animals involved in the storyline are portrayed. Martin Rosen presents the story, first of all, as a cartoon, but furthermore in a seemingly dark and almost psychedelic manner. He creates images in such a way as to make all of the animals appear incredibly vicious and blood thirsty, with the exception of the rabbit. He illustrates the rabbit to be an angelic figure of the forest, almost as if to be a rabbit’s view of himself and his peers. In the Novel, however, the setting and the physical description of the animals seems to be in a toned-down, child-friendly form, similar to a fairytale in some ways. Though the same information pertaining to the plot and setting are introduced in both the novel and the film, it is clear that Martin Rosen uses a very different approach to visually recreating Richard Adams’, “Watership Down.”

Posted by: Colin Hough at February 1, 2007 10:41 AM

Shayne Schmidt

Response to Film.

The difference in the story that was many different in the film was that the beginning you where introduce to different creatures. The film also showed in the beginning how all the creatures lived in harmony until the bunnies started to multiply. As the bunnies multiplied they began to eat all the food for the rest of the creatures in the forest. Another difference in the film is that the sun is symbolism as God and telling the bunnies to stop what they doing. As a result, God changes the planting eating animals into meat eating animals creating the bunnies as the prey.

Posted by: Shayne Schmidt at February 1, 2007 12:08 PM

Lyndsay Krall

Comparing Introductions of Watership Down

The introduction to the novel somewhat differs from the introduction to the film. In the novel, Hazel and Fiver are introduced within the first page or so, but in the film Hazel and Fiver were never even mentioned. In the first few chapters of the novel, you find out that there is a housing development that is soon to be built right on top of the rabbits’ warren. While reading the novel, you also come to find that Fiver has some sort of power, in which he knows when something bad is going to happen because he has a way of sensing trouble and gets a bad feeling when something isn’t right. When we watched the film in class, all that was shown was the story of El-ahrairah being told, the rabbit hero and the sun god. The film jumped into the story of El-ahrairah within the first minute or so, but in the novel, the story of El-ahrairah wasn’t introduced until chapter 6 in the novel. Although the story of El-ahrairah was the same in both the novel and the film, they were introduced at two completely different times of the story. Even though the novel and the film were somewhat different, they were more alike than not.

Posted by: Lyndsay Krall at February 1, 2007 03:50 PM

Professor Hobbs

The introduction to Watership Down: A Novel begins with a fairly detailed description of a seemingly pleasant, except for the copious rabbit droppings, portion of the English countryside. A forest lines one side of a gently sloping field edged in on the other sides by fences, hedgerows, and a brook at the bottom; a cart path runs through the opposite hill. As for the droppings droppers, they are lazily consuming grass and hunting down cowslips and dandelions, a delicacy among their kind.

This sort of introduction creates the habitat in which the rabbits live, sets up the scene for the next few chapters, and goes on to introduce the characters. In a movie adaptation of the same story, in order to set the scene a quick trailing of one of the rabbits or a panning of the camera across the hillside would let the audience know what sort of habitat they are in.

In the case of Watership Down: the movie, the story from chapter six is used to introduce how the rabbits came to be as they are, who they are fighting against, and of an ancient rabbit hero, El-ahrairah or Prince with a Thousand Enemies. I believe that they used this as the introduction because of the previous points and also to set the mood for the rest of the film; portions of the intro were sunny and happy, the rabbit Prince spreads his people far and wide, and also of a darker more sinister tone: predators begin to hunt down the rabbits. Both introductions serve to set the scene for whatever follows.

Best Regards,

Justin Bleggi

Posted by: Justin Bleggi at February 1, 2007 04:07 PM

Dr. Lee Hobbs

After reading the introduction to Watership Down and watching the introduction to the movie Watership Down, there are some key differences between the two. The first thing I noticed was there is more detail in the book than in the movie, it skipped over little details from what I saw from the little clip we got to see in class. In the book they explain how Fiver and Hazel get their names in chapter 1. In chapter 2 it tells how Fiver and Hazel are both sleeping until Fiver has a nightmare and wakes Hazel out of his sleep, and they decided to go talk to the Chief rabbit about leaving because they believed something bad was going to happen. On the way they saw Bigwig, and he proceeded to go with the other two to meet with the chief. After meeting with the chief they go back and talk about it and decide they are going to leave. So they gather all the other bunnies up and start out on the journey, going through the woods at night with Hazel leading. After proceeding on their little get away it talks about El-ahrairah digging a whole and they gets blessed. After he got blessed it was said that he would be fast, and would have many enemies but they would have to catch him first.

Now in the introduction to the movie Watership Down, it does not show all that, in the beginning it showed all the rabbits one by one. It then showed the rabbits gathering up to run off into the woods and beginning their journey. Then it jumped right to El-ahrairah digging his whole, and Frith came behind him and wanted El-ahrairah to come out of the whole to get blessed, but he said he was digging a whole and would have to bless his backside. After he got his backside blessed his tail grew white and fluffy, but in the book I do not recall that happening. After he got blessed, the movie showed him running off through all the other animals, very fast like Frith explained to him would be like. After that the clip was turned off due to the class period being over. I found that the main difference between the movie and the book was that the book has way more details than the movie. The movie skipped over a lot of things that the book had in the beginning.

Until Next Class

Sincerely,
B. Decker

Posted by: Brooke Decker at February 1, 2007 04:24 PM

Professor Hobbs,

In comparing the introduction of the book versus the movie, “Watership Down”, there are many differences and similarities. The beginning of the movie starts out explaining how Frith created the world. This introduction is almost exactly similar chapter 6 of the novel. Both the novel and the book describe the relationship El-ahrairah had with Frith. El-ahrairah, the prince rabbit who had many wives and children, was asked by Frith to control his rabbits from eating all of the grass and multiplying so much. Of course, El-ahrairah tried to persuade Frith into changing his mind about his people. Frith became very angry and decided to give a gift of uniqueness to every animal and bird. He gave each the fox, the stoat and the weasel the ability to hunt out rabbits. This was how El-ahrairah became the prince with a thousand enemies. El-ahrairah was also given a gift, though he asked Frith to bless his bottom while he was hiding from him. This gift gave the Prince Rabbit a white, furry tail with the ability to run fast from his enemies.
The introduction of the novel is much different that the movies beginning. Chapter one starts out describing the setting the story takes place, a dry slope with rabbits eating the grass. This is when many of the main characters are introduced, like Fiver, Hazel and Buckthorn. Also, it describes the relationship between Hazel and Fiver, and that Fiver has this special ability to sense danger. In the end of this chapter, Fiver and Hazel are grazing at the brook when Fiver senses a danger that would be coming to the warren very soon. It’s only until the next chapter where Fiver explains to Hazel his fear of staying in the warren and that they must leave.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Vrabel

Posted by: Stephanie Vrabel at February 1, 2007 04:33 PM

2.1.07


Professor Hobbs,

The movie, “Watership Down”, began by explaining the story of how Frith, the sun god, made the world and all of the animals. Frith said to El-ahrairah, the prince of rabbits, that he needs to stop his people from multiplying. When El-ahrairah wouldn’t listen, Frith played a trick on El-ahrairah by making all the animals rabbit predators! The story told by the movie is very similar to the novel; however, the novel explains these characters in chapter six and not in the beginning. Also, in the novel Frith has a meeting and tells the animals that they will be receiving a “gift”, but in the movie he simply touches them and they change into different animals. In the novel, Dandelion tells the story of El-ahrairah to the rest of the rabbits as a folk story, and in the movie it is told by the narrator.


Sincerely,
Jen Naugle

Posted by: Jen Naugle at February 1, 2007 04:41 PM

Melisa :Parsons
January 31, 2007

Watership Down Introduction

The introduction of “ Watership Down” in the novel lets the readers know as soon as we begin to read it that a character in the story id writing a fiction story for their child. In the film the story is more of an attention grabber because it is so dramatic. The film starts off with telling the life of these rabbits like the beginning of time. I like the movie introduction better because it was humorous to me because I compared it with the “Bible “ the story made me think of the story of Adam and Eve. Although, the novel did have this part in the story as well it was not in the beginning and I believe it would have been more spontaneous if it started of like the film did. The book is really typical to me people on a road trip and someone begins to tell a story. The way the film begins is much more adventurous. I enjoyed both of these introduction I just prefer the movie’s introduction over the novel’s introduction.

Posted by: Melisa Parsons at February 1, 2007 05:58 PM

When it comes to the movie “Watership Down” it shows El-ahrairah seeing the black rabbit of death. If you read the book “Watership Down” it does not have any comments from El-ahrairah saying he saw the rabbit of death.

In the book “Watership Down” it states that Frith made the world. “He mad all the stars, too, and the world is one of the stars. He mad them by scattering his droppings over the sky and this is why the grass and the trees grow so thick on the world.”(p.40) I feel that El-ahrairah is suppose to be God but in the form of a rabbit. When I read the book it stated that this Godly rabbit created the world with his droppings. In the movie it has no mention about El-ahrairah creating the world with is droppings. To me God in the movie was in the form of the sun, and the sun created the world differently than the book described.

Posted by: Erika G. at February 1, 2007 06:24 PM

The movie clip that we watched in class was significantly different from the book. Just from seeing this it makes me wonder, is this even the same story?? I do realize, though, that we only saw the first few minutes of the movie.
In the movie, it tells the story of a rabbit who receives majic powers. But because of these majic powers he has many enemies. The book begins by introducing more than just one rabbit. Hazel and Fiver are out in the field eating when Fiver senses that something bad is going to happen. After trying to convince the rabbit leader of his premonition (and being ingnored) they decide to take off on a great journey far away.
From what I've seen of both so far, I enjoy the book much more than the movie. The movie has a very slow beginning. I sat there in anticipation of something else happening, but nothing did.

Posted by: Erin Rock at February 1, 2007 06:47 PM

The movie of Watership down has striking similarities compared to the novel. On the other hand, there are some vast differences within the introduction. The movie begins with the explanation of how the world began according to bunnies. The movie explains Lord Firth and the prince of bunnies El-ahrairah along with the evolution of the world. This is different from the novel however. The book does not explain Lord Firth until chapter six.
The bunnies had already begun their journey to escape from there home warren. In the novel, Dandelion tells “The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah”. In the movie it was just a narrator during the introduction of the film. The story line however, is similar of how bunnies became known at “prince with a thousand enemies”. Just the chronological order of the movie of when things were introduced is different.

Posted by: Sheryll Daugherty at February 1, 2007 07:10 PM

Since we were unable to watch alot of the film, I am unsure of some of the differences. One main difference I noticed that Fiver did not live with his mother. In the book they mentioned that he was one of five, but never once mentioned his mother. Another huge difference I did not expect was that the film was an animated cartoon. Those were the only two differences I distinctly saw between the movie and film Watership Down.

Posted by: Lauren Wozniak at February 1, 2007 07:59 PM

In Richard Adams “Watership Down” he explains to the readers his motivation for writing the book. He writes about how he would make up stories for his daughters and how they wanted him to tell a long story. So, he told them a long story about rabbits and applied characteristics of people he knew to different rabbits. After the story was finally complete, one of his daughters said that this story should not be put to waste. One day when he was reading a story to one of his daughters he realized that he could write a better book. So he started to research about rabbits using references from “The Private Life of the Rabbit” by R. M. Lockley. He didn’t want his rabbits to do things they couldn’t do naturally, other than talk.
At the beginning of the book he introduces us to Fiver and Hazel, who are brothers, and how Fiver can always stay out of harms way. Fiver got his name because was the last of five born, which is unusual for rabbits who typically only have four babies. The story begins with him having a bad feeling about the Warren and wanting to leave. His intuition was correct because the humans were going to build houses in those acres.
In the movie, it begins with El- ahrariah and tells us how he has many wives and children. So many that he cannot even count them all. So Frith tells El- ahrariah to control his people. El- ahrariah took this very lightly and didn’t think that Frith would do anything about it. With that, Frith made foxes, weasels, dogs, and cats to all be enemies of rabbits. And they eventually killed off all of El- ahrariah’s family. El- ahrariah was terrified, and wanted to conceal his identity. Frith gave El- ahrariah powers to have long legs, and long ears, so he can run fast from his enemies.

Posted by: Tatiana Mack at February 1, 2007 08:05 PM

Nicole Novak

From the portion of the movie that we saw I did not notice many differences. One of the main differences of the movie was how the story was told. In the book Dandelion tells the story about the El-ahrairah, while in the movie the story is told by a voice, not a rabbit. The movie also starts explaining about how he grew a bigger tail and was able to run faster and it doesn’t happen until later in the book.

Posted by: Nicole Novak at February 1, 2007 08:31 PM

1 Febuary 2007
Professor Hobbs.

The introduction to the animated version of Watership Down and the introduction to the book were two very different approaches. The animated version opens the story to the rabbits’ religious story of El-ahrairah and his blessing by the rabbit God Frith. The book, on the other hand, opens with a scene in May which paints a picture of the rabbits’ original surroundings and warren. Hazel and Fiver are introduced along with Buckthorn and Toadflax. In this first scene Hazel and Fiver stray away from their warren and discover suspicious signs that man had recently been around the area. This is the first moment that Fiver experiences his feelings that danger is coming closer and closer. The animated version of El-ahrairah that opens the movie also appears in the book, but later on in the when it is told as a story for entertainment among the rabbits. The stories from each version are pretty similar. The animated version tells the story of how Frith created the world and the steps he took along the way to make the various animals. In the movie as well as the book, El-ahrairah is despised by Frith and the whole scene with his head in the hole with his bottom sticking up in the air appears in both. El-ahrairah impresses Frith and ends up being blessed to become faster, stronger, and cunning to give his kind the advantage over enemies. Both stories end with the promise that El-ahrairah and his future descendents will never be destroyed and will be able to live and play as they wish.

Bettina Herold
ENGL121.003 Humanities Liturature MWF 1145-1245

Posted by: Bettina Herold at February 1, 2007 09:23 PM

There was a significant difference with the scene selections from the novel to the movie. The novel began by introducing two rabbits named Hazel the Fiver. The novel then goes on to describe the events that takes place after the rabbits notice a sign stating that a development would be built on top of their warren. They decide to take a trip to the Chief Rabbit where they meet other rabbits named Blackberry, Dandelion, and Bigwig. They decide to go on their journey where we learn more about the rabbits they meet along the way.
It’s not until chapter six where we learn about the creation of the animals and Frith, the sun God telling El-Ahrairah to make his people, meaning the rabbits, stop multiplying, which we saw in the beginning of the movie.

Posted by: Tina W at February 1, 2007 09:29 PM

In the movie “Watership Down” that the class watched at the end of class was a quite different from what we have read so far in the book. In the book, it starts off with introducing Hazel and Fiver and says how Fiver had a bad feeling and they had to leave the warren and get all of the rabbits to go with them. In the beginning of the movie, Hazel and Fiver were not even introduced or talked about. The movie started talking about the chief rabbit and all of the other rabbits hopping around in the warren.

Posted by: Deidra Klepfer at February 1, 2007 10:05 PM

“Watership Down”

Although we only saw a short piece of the film “Watership Down” I could still notice differences between the film and the novel. The only similarity I noticed from the short piece we saw was that both the novel and the film had the story of El-ahairah. Who was the prince of a thousand enemies and ancestor of the rabbits. The story pretty much followed the one in the novel.
The only difference that I noticed between the novel and the film was that the film began with the story of El-ahairah. In the novel the character of Dandelion tells the story of El-ahairah, where as in the film it is just told at the opening. Other than that there was no other real difference that I noticed considering we didn’t have time to watch the entire introduction.

Katie Kovac
English 121 003

Posted by: Katie Kovac at February 1, 2007 10:18 PM

Mr Hobbs,

In chapter four it states "after moonrise", the rabbits have no idea of precise time or of punctuality. In the movie, it showed the rabbits running around. but they were in the sunlight. That was one difference. The other difference was that in the book, they introduced all of the characters. In the movie they did not. That is another difference.

Thank you

Posted by: Amber Dunmire at February 1, 2007 10:48 PM

Lorin Gdula

In the intro to the novel, they worship the Chief Rabbit but in the movie it looks like they worship this sun type thing. In the movie, at first it doesn’t really show the rabbits doing anything but in the book they are like already planning to leave the warren. There is just no action going on in the film at first when there is a lot going on in the book the first couple of chapters. In the movie it still looks like Fiver is dreaming about something like in the novel when he has a dream that something bad is going to happen. I thought the movie was quite strange actually because it is really hard to try to understand what is going on in the beginning when in the book everything is some what established right away.

Posted by: Lorin Gdula at February 1, 2007 10:49 PM

Jenny Troutman
ENGL 121 – Humanities Literature
Watership Down Movie/Novel
1/31/07


In the beginning of the story of the movie, it starts out as someone as “God-like” character that is telling the eldest rabbit. The rabbit disobeys of what the “God-like” character said and then he decided to turn all of the rabbit’s friends into predators that eat rabbit. As the rabbit tries to run away from them, he realizes that he needs to do what the “God-like” character says, so he asked forgiveness and the character turned the rabbit into a jack rabbit, the fastest rabbit in all creation. Then as the rabbit scurried away from the predators, he was never seen again.

The beginning of the novel, it starts as stating where the scenery and place is where it takes place at. Then it introduces few of the characters like Hazel and Fiver. Then as the story goes on, Hazel decides to go on a journey and he asks Fiver to join with him and he does, along with many other rabbits. When the story goes on, it talks about the journey they travel on.

In my opinion, the movie and the novel have many different parts in the beginning and it doesn’t follow along too well. As the movie goes on, I hope to see some similarities that go along with the book.

Posted by: Jenny at February 1, 2007 11:11 PM

Professor Hobbs,

The movie and novel “Watership Down” have many significant differences. In particular, I think the novel tends to look at the story line in a more serious manner. Simply meaning, while watching the movie, it almost seemed like it was targeted at children. I did not get that impression at all from the book.

The depiction of the rabbits in the movie was not life-like at all. In the novel, I almost feel as though the author is telling a story of a real life rabbit colony. However, in the movie the rabbits are cartoon characters. I believe the cartoon depiction makes the movie seem much less serious.

Thank you,
Jaime Hersh

Posted by: Jaime Hersh at February 1, 2007 11:29 PM

Rebecca Shenkle
2/1/07

Watership Down Movie Reflection

The beginning of the novel Watership Down and the beginning of the movie are very different. The movie starts with a chapter that happened a little later in the book, where it is telling the story of the creation of rabbits basically, and how they got their “gift” of being swift.
The novel starts with Hazel and Fiver finding a development being built and then deciding that they need to leave their warren. This part of the story is probably what happens next in the movie.

Posted by: Rebecca Shenkle at February 1, 2007 11:54 PM

Dr. Hobbs,

A few years ago, I watched Watership Down with one of my friends. Upon reading the book however, I did not realize just how different the introduction of the movie was from the book.

In the very beginning of the movie, the story of El-ahrairah and Frith was the first thing explained to the viewer. The rabbit folklore gave a sort of base meaning as to what the movie would be about (besides rabbits, it is also about them surviving their enemies). I personally felt this was a better introduction to the plot line than in the book because it engages you more immediately as well as getting you involved in a story beyond the story. In a way, the movie’s way of depicting the introduction to Watership Down is more like a prologue than the introduction because it gives some of the past knowledge to influence the feeling of why the rabbits do what they do in the present.

On the contrary, in the very beginning of the novel by Richard Adams, the reader meets Hazel and Fiver and learns a bit about their characters and environment. In fact, the story of El-ahrairah does not show up until quite a bit further in the novel. The novel has the story-telling occurrence happen after the group has left the warren and is hiding with bated breath in the forest. The movie chooses instead to place this story as introduction, leading one to believe that when the movie rabbits get to the forest, there will be no story time by Dandelion. I believe this was done to create more plot flow seeing as the way a movie is set up is different in style to the way a novel is written. This changing of plot flow is to the direction of the director.

In the part we were able to see of the movie, the part that was improvised would be the visual aspect itself. Instead of imagining our own El-ahrairah, the movie artists have created a visual picture of how the story occurred. The viewer enters into the warren by the artist’s pen stroke and not with the mind, causing immediate changes in perception. Such visual improvisations will continue throughout the movie because though the novel gives a general idea of what the warren and the rabbits look like, the artists chooses how it looks in their own mind in order to convey it to us, thus changing our perspective of how things should look.

Now that I have read more of the book, I am wondering just how true to the book the movie will be as we watch more of it.

Have a great day.

Erin Knisley
ENGL 121.003
11:45-12:45MWF

Posted by: Erin K at February 1, 2007 11:57 PM

I think the short clip of what we saw was very similar to the movie. It described the characters and followed similar dialogue. The opening doesn't have much of a story line as it is descriptive, so I can see where the animation lacks that aspect.

In all honesty, I was so entranced by the swirling animation and how childish (yet cool and kitschy) it looked that I couldn't even focus on anything else. The most I remember is the introductions and the bunnies looking like blobs. Way too much visual stimuli for my senses to pick up anything else. I'll listen next time.

Posted by: Kendra Sledzinski at February 2, 2007 01:01 AM


Watership Down:
Novel to Film Introduction: Comparison

Dear Professor Hobbs,

In the novel, Watership down, there is no introduction to lead the reader into the Fiver and Hazel’s world. The reader is simply brought into their world, and introduced to it directly. Because of the way everything is presented, the impression is that the reader has always been aware of this reality. It is a very natural introduction.
The animated movie on the other hand, starts the tale with the rabbit’s creation story, which is not introduced in the book until a few chapters in. The story largely is the same in the movie as it is in the book with the exception of a few minor changes; for example the prince of 1,000 enemies is less cocky in the movie version, he does not brag about the gift he is to receive. This introduction creates a completely different way of plunging into the story, it presents some of the history, and allows the reader to anticipate what is coming up. The creation story is an appropriate place to begin the tail.

Sincerely, Erika Knox

Posted by: Erika Knox at February 2, 2007 10:03 AM

In the intro to the movie Watership Down, it explains how the animals of the woods became how they are. The movie explains how El-ahrairah got his powers of the rabbit from Frith, the sun god. El-ahrairah means prince of a thousand enemies because all of the other animals of the woods received powers that made them want to eat him.
In the actual intro to the book it explains how Richard Adams came up with the idea of Watership Down. This type of intro is not in the movie but the part about Frith and El-ahrairah receiving powers is not in detail in the book.

Posted by: Greg Crossland at February 2, 2007 11:39 AM

Dear Professor Hobbs,
The difference between the introduction of the book and the film is that the film said that all the animals that were created ate grass. In the book the sparrow and the kestrel ate seeds and flies and the rabbit and fox ate grass. In ht enovel, El....... is told by something not to go to the meeting. In the film Frair does not call a meeting he just gives their gifts

Posted by: Donnetta Allen at February 2, 2007 02:20 PM

Professor Hobbs,

Here is my assignment from the film.

From watching the film and reading the novel there were only a few differences. In the novel the beginning started off with Hazel and Fiver feeding out in the fields. The novel begins to explain how Fiver is the smaller rabbit compared to Hazel being the larger rabbit. While feeding out in the fields Fiver gets a bad feeling about the warren that they are presently living in and he has a panic attack. However, during the film the beginning of started out with a story of Frith and El Ahrairah. This story was about how rabbits evolved and how they would live the rest of their lives. Then they introduced El Ahrairah, the trickster and because of him all the other rabbits in the world would become enemies with the other creatures. Another thing that differs from the film and novel is that in the film they do not mention anything about Hazel or Fiver.

Sincerely,

April H.

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Posted by: April H. at February 2, 2007 04:24 PM

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