YMMV: The Animals of Farthing Wood

  • Adaptation Displacement: The TV series was based on a series of books by Colin Dann, but a lot more people know about the TV series than the books.
    • Just as well known at the time was the magazine spin-off: "Farthing Wood Friends" which had a catchy enough name that children often used it when they were referring to the show, and it ran to over a hundred issues. It's been forgotten because, well, magazines don't go into syndication.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: If one read the Farthing Wood prequel stories (published after the initial book series), they'd discover that Fox's father was one of those responsible for the eventual destruction of Farthing Wood by banishing a troublesome protected species of otters. With this in mind, it's possible to interpret Fox's character as one who resigns himself to protecting the animals, out of his own guilt for what his father caused.
    • Friendly in the TV series. Did he rat out Charmer to Fox just to make himself seem like the better cub or did he do it out of concern for her safety? Considering his other sister Dreamer was killed by Scarface, the blue foxes' leader Friendly not wanting the same to happen to Charmer could explain his hatred towards the blue foxes.
  • Base Breaker: Weasel in the TV series. She's either a very charming character who's a mischievous joker or she's the most annoying character in the cast.
    • Even worse in the third season. The subplot involving her, Measly and their children, Cleo and Fido (the latter two whom can also be considered Base Breakers) moving out of the Park is either seen as a plot that is very enjoyable and funny or is annoying, meanspirited, and just as bad as (if not worse than) the other kinds of Filler in Series 3 since it adds almost nothing to the Rat Invasion plot. Doesn't help at all that Weasel Took a Level in Jerkass, particularly with her treatment of Measly.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Just LISTEN to the main theme!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arguably Bold. Definitely the most complicated character of the cast with the most complete arc.
    • Adder as well.
    • Friendly has his share of fans too. Even amongst those who the foxes in general to be overrated.
  • Even Better Sequel: Season 1 - season 2.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Farthing Wood vs. Watership Down.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There are very few fans who think Season 3 is good enough to be considered Canon. Most either prefer to think that the Series ended at Season 2 and/or make their own third season.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Due to the recent passing of Ron Moody, Badger and the Great White Stag's deaths have become this
  • Nightmare Fuel: The butcher bird's larder, crossing that damn road, among a lot of other scenes. This show was not primarily for children, or at the very least took on a ballsier PG Watership Down direction.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Hurkel
  • The Scrappy: Mole is this to some, mostly because he's The Load. He is improved in season 2.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 tends to be the least well-regarded amongst fans of the show, largely due to the change in animation style which many it to be a massive downgrade, the greater emphasis upon slapstick comedy over drama, and a less solid plot (along with much more Filler than the first two seasons combined). Season 3 also drops a number of well-liked named characters without as much as an explanation (presumably to keep the cast smaller).
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: For some fans it's really hard to feel bad for Bold at the end of the episode The Feud Begins when Fox scolds him. Had Bold felt guilty for getting Fox and Friendly captured by the Blue Foxes and tried to apologize then he would've been easy to sympathize with; but instead he shows little to no remorse about his actions and doesn't even try to say sorry. This troper found the egotistical fox hard to feel sorry for until he started getting knocked down a few pegs outside the Park as mentioned below in the The Woobie section.
  • The Woobie: Many examples.
    • Poor, poor Bold. Whilst he may have started out well in life, once he left the safety of White Deer Park he was shot, crippled, injured by a snare, hunted, and would have starved if it wasn't for Crow and Whisper. Then, once he finally thinks life is turning around, Whisper insist they return to White Deer Park so their cubs can be born in safety. He's subsequently attacked by dogs, and if that wasn't enough the journey back is too much for his weak body to endure and he dies before his cubs are even born.