BBC’s Watership Down adaptation criticised for ‘cheap and atrocious’ animation

The BBC’s adaptation of eerie 1978 classic Watership Down aired tonight – and it had big shoes to fill.

But despite the impressive voice cast, including a number of Hollywood A-Listers such as James McAvoy, John Boyega and Rosamund Pike, viewers were decidedly underwhelmed by the CGI.

This led some viewers to "switch off" as they branded the animation "cheap", "naff" and even "atrocious".

The BBC adaptation will be aired in two hour and 40 minute episodes tonight and tomorrow.

Viewers flocked to Twitter to hit out at the "charmless" animation, with some even saying that they were "switching off" and claimed the rabbits looked more like hares.

BBC's Watership Down adaptation criticised for 'cheap and atrocious' animation

The BBC’s adaptation of the 1978 classic severely underwhelmed viewers
(Image: Watership Down)

BBC's Watership Down adaptation criticised for 'cheap and atrocious' animation

Viewers hit out at the cheap-looking animation
(Image: BBC/Watership Down)

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One tweeted: "Who on earth thought a remake of Watership Down using what looks like pre 2000 computer game animation was mad."

While another commented: "#WatershipDown animation looks a bit naff #bbc."

A third remarked: "Why is the animation so atrocious? #WatershipDown."

"#WatershipDown turned it off, why are these things always overhyped? Animation is terrible, still love the original in a sad but good way," another remarked.

One wrote: " This new version is so incredibly disappointing. Why would you sign off on something that looks this bad. The animation aesthetic is possibly the worst I’ve ever seen!"

Another exclaimed: "Awful you need to take this back after christmas for a refund! #WatershipDown."

However some viewers felt it was just as frightening as the original and enjoyed it.

One tweeted: "#WatershipDown is actually kind of scary, although not thrilled about the animation…"

     

While another commented: "Overall I quite liked the new #WatershipDown I enjoyed the fact that they featured aspects of the storyline missed before and enjoyed the humour that Bluebell brought that was sorely missed in the last film."

A third remarked: "Here’s what I liked. Voice cast. The fact that the Sam Smith song only played over the end credits and the continuity announcer talked over most of it. Good job rhyming fire and desire tho Sam, I never would have thought of that!#WatershipDown #whoelsemutedandsangbrighteyes."

"I liked it. The message about humans is timely too. #WatershipDown," one wrote.

*Watership Down continues tomorrow at 7.20pm on BBC One

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