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Interest Haiku #9: Watership Down 
16th-Dec-2003 02:44 am
Trevor baby stare
Watership Down -
Forsake birth warrens
Cross rododil; fight; face death
Rabbits come of age

Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams, but I came to it as a child through an excellent animated movie adaptation. (And apparently now a bad TV series.) When I read the book in middle school I was amazed that out of 425 pages, astoundingly little didn't make it to the screen.

Talking rabbits aside, the movie is very much not in the Disney style. It's PG, back when that was rare for animation, and deservedly so. It features death by suffocation, death by dog, death by rabbit attack, and death by train, not to mention near-death by gun and barbed wire, and graphic lupine violence. Several young rabbits set out to make a new life for themselves. They discover the challenges of the world and of life on the road (literally). They learn to be careful, and that not every potential home is safe. They find an strange bedfellow of an ally and realize that settling down involves females. In their attempts to win females, they use stealth, cunning, impersonation, physical strength, and sticking it to the man. I only recently realized it's a coming of age story recently, but it probably had a profound effect on me as a child. The two movies I watched most as a kid were Watership Down and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Only one would I choose to watch today.

For your participatory exercise today, comment with a coming-of-age story or moment for you. (I'll think of one later and post it, too.)

Yes, I'm still listening to the same song (It's 53 minutes long). Yes, I am wide awake and journaling at a quarter to three in the morning. Yes, I should be in bed -- I'm leaning out of my hammock to type, since I had my Christian::Pagan insight.
Comments 
16th-Dec-2003 09:16 am (UTC) - Secret of Nimh
Secret of Nimh.

Not strictly coming of age, but it has applicable themes. Some Sci-Fi and Mysticism.
16th-Dec-2003 10:26 pm (UTC) - Haiku 9: Trivial Pursuit
Many joys in life
Come amidst the pursuit of
Something trivial.
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