Written by Mr. Mouseburger 6th Nov 2007
Hazel is the hero of the film and has successfully managed to guide a ragtag group of rabbits (and seagull) to Watership Down; the rabbit equivalent of Shangri-La.
He has lived an eventful life, andnarrowly escaped meeting the Black Rabbit of Inle earlier in the film, when he released some rabbits from a farm and got shot for his trouble.
Alas though, old age has caught up with Hazel and lying in the warmth of the summer sun, he hears the voice of El-ahrairah, prince with a thousand enemies, calling him. This is all in a dream sequence and the Prince calls Hazel to come and join him in the afterlife.
Hazel is reluctant, as he still feels paternalistic towards to the group he managed to lead to Watership Down, but following reassurance from El-ahrairah that his kittens will be safe under his protection, Hazel agrees and with a few final deep breaths he falls into the eternal sleep of death.
At this point, the spirit of Hazel rises from the shell of his body and he joins the Black Rabbit of Inle drifting off over the downs, to the strains of "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel.