Around Easter time last year, Channel Five were blasted for showing the classic movie Watership Down. Well this year they have ignored all those neigh sayers and decided to show it for a 2nd year in a row on Easter Sunday.
Although the film is a cartoon and is rated U, it is not recommended for children and does contain quite a bit of violence and blood.
The films original release was back in 1978, after it was adapted from the book written by WWII veteran Richard Adams. It is easy to see where he got his inspiration from when you see the rabbits are slaughtered all over the place as they try to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention.
Today Twitter has once again lit up with parents and others who have been left traumatised by the movie.
Nothing says Happy Easter like Watership Down, right Channel 5? pic.twitter.com/6dusfTpy0o
— BR̸OK҉EŃ ̡LOP͠E (@VoodooAntelope) April 16, 2017
One tweeted: “Cheers C5 for showing Watership Down on Easter Sunday. Will be using that to teach the kids a lesson next time they are being utter sh**es.”
Shout out to whoever at Channel 5 decided, again, that Watership Down was a nice Easter Sunday afternoon film to show. pic.twitter.com/YdWgedJSMD
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) April 13, 2017
Avoided watching Watership Down for years and thought, now I'm a grown adult, I could handle it. How wrong I was… pic.twitter.com/DzEtXAKSQr
— Chantel (@cm_creates) April 16, 2017
– How's the chocolate kids?
– It's great Dad!
– Good, pleased you're having fun, now let me introduce you to Watership Down…
— Dean Whittington (@DeanWhittington) April 16, 2017
And if you need to explain to the kids why the Easter Bunny didn't arrive this year, Watership Down is on Channel 5
— Ken Barlow (@I_am_KenBarlow) April 16, 2017
Watership Down is on the telly right now, if you're in the mood for having all joy and hope sucked out of your heart, via rabbits
— Matt Lees (@Jam_sponge) April 16, 2017
How lovely of Channel 5 to put 'Watership Down' on today. Such a cheery Easter film for the kids! 😊 pic.twitter.com/G4ZPmsZVJ0
— Sophie Sharp (@SophieSharpie) April 16, 2017
Watership Down on Channel 5 at 12:45 while all the wee weans are thinking about Easter bunnies? What psychopath is running the show there?
— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) April 16, 2017
A channel Five spokesperson told Mirror Online: “Watership Down has become a seasonal tradition on Channel 5 so we’ve decided not to buck the trend in 2017.
“Whilst suitable for transmission in its timeslot, we recognise that the film may not appeal to everyone which is why there was clear advice before transmission and every programme segment as to the nature of the content.”
What do you think? Should they have shown it with all these kids watching or is it just a bit too upsetting?