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Animals of Farthing Wood review by Generaallucas
(sorry for my bad English: I'm Dutch)

Officially, Farthing Wood is an tv-series mentioned for toddlers. That is partially true, as it does contain childish dialogs and scenes, but there are parts in the series that should never have been in kids-series. Example's are the drama, violence, death threats, gore and even a bittersweet ending. Try finding that in a normal kid-series.

Let's get to the point: the story is about a group of animals who live in Farthing Wood. their home has been threatend by human expansion. The humans are building a town and are closing in on them. They realize they can't survive much longer, and make a plan: flee together to a national park called White Dear Park. They take an oath, in which they promise not to eat each other and take care of each other when needed.

With Fox as their leader, and Toad (who has been in the park before) as their guide, they move slowly towards the park, as the smaller creatures can't move that quickly. Along the way, they make casualty's due to fires, hunters, etc. (Almost every character in the beginning is dead at the end of the series.)

But finally, they reach the park. Happily ever after? Nope. In season 2, the residents of the park act hostile towards them. A war breaks out between the Farthing animals and the Blue Foxes. This feud also has a lot of casualty's, INCLUDING YOUNG ANIMALS!!!

Also in season 2, we follow the storyline of Bold, a fox cub (son of Fox) who runs away from home. I think he's one of the most beautifal characters ever made in the history of fiction. His storyline is really recommended to follow. (especially if you don't hear spoilers)

In other words, season 1 and 2 are A+ writing. To my opinion, the story is better than the story of movies like I Am Legend , The day the earth stood still and How to train your dragon. Season 3, however, SUCKS!!! It was once again that commericially idiots ruined a beautifal tv-series and turned it into a childisch comedy with the idea: look! your old friends are back, happier than ever! yippie! we're gonna get a little problem, but we take care of it! (compare this with other victims like Brother Bear, Ice Age, Balto and Madagascar )

Hint: The series has been released on DVD in English (as of 27th may 2011) on amazon.de
Wow, I didn't even know they had a third season. Though I remember season 2 being even nastier than the first. Great show, through and through. Sort of like a marginally less bleak Watership Down.

comment #7799 maninahat 27th May 11
A big difference between Watership Down and Farthing Wood is that Farthing Wood is a lot less akward. Anyone who dies, dies and we never see them again. in Watership, we see the ghost of a character for example. Another example is is that in Farthing Wood, the characters are more positive people and full of hope.
comment #7870 Generaallucas 2nd Jun 11
I remember watching this series on Youtube a few months back. Definitely worth seeing. Bold in particular has a great story arc.

I do recall the show feeling a little restricted at times though. As if it had to dumb itself down for the kids.

Anyway, nice review.
comment #7872 BaleFire 2nd Jun 11
I agree with this review. I found the dialogue to be embarassingly childish at some points (Weasel, I'm looking at you) but many of the other characters made the show worth watching, especially Adder, who displayed Character Development at a higher level than any other character made for young children.

I like the dark tone and the motifs of death and survival. It's better that kids learn about these things early so that they can be more prepared to deal with it later.
comment #9360 Kingcobrasaurus 19th Aug 11
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