Animal Deaths!


Is it just me or did every single animal in this show meet a gruesome and upsetting death? I seem to remember not a single episode going by in which one animal wasn't bumped off.

Badger suffocated underground
The hedgehogs got runover.
Owl went blind.

Please add any animal deaths you can remember. A bit morbid i know, but there you go.

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Badger didnt suffocate, he died of old age.

The newts burnt to death on a blazing field
Phaesant and his mate were shot and eaten
Some mice were impaled on thorns by a shrike
Dreamer was killed by Scarface
Hare was carried off and eaten by scarface
Scarface was poisoned by adder
Adders mate sinuous gets strangled by a town rat
Many, many rats were killed by the foxes and badgers

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Bold died of exhaustion
Rabbits mate was killed by scarface
Bounder was killed by adder
the white stag was poisoned
Kestrel just disapeared without any explanation
I think mole died as well but i cant remember how

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The Mole had "New Monia" or how ever it's spelt -but I think his son (Who was introduced as a chracter after Mole died) sort of acted as a "Replacement" for a while I'm not sure why...

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i was 6 when this show was first on and i dont think there were many episodes that i didnt cry over..... i still remember the deaths of the pheasants and the hedghogs ...... pretty morbid for a kids show really but tastefully so =9

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Of course loads of the animals died - this series depicts the cruelty of nature. I loved this when I was a kid.

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I haven't seen this for ages, but I think Owl ate one of the mice because she was desperate for food.

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If I remember correctly, the squirrels were about the only characters who survived the whole series.



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I think Kestrel killed Mrs Mouse because she didn't realise it was her, I think that was in the first episode of White Deer Park actually.

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Oh yea I'm pretty sure Kestrel killed the mouse. I havn't seen this for almost 4 years but I still remember it. But I only saw the first series I think.

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They didn't actually say that mole died of phneumonia. His mate just said that he was old, and didn't survive the winter. That seems to imply either starvation or hypothermia.

Mole Jr acted as a replacement because Badger wouldn't have been able to come to terms with the loss of his best friend.

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Blimey, I don't remember that with the newts! I havn't watched this since I was really young, but I seem to remember the newts surviving - didn't they make a decision to stop travelling with the others and to stay in a pond or a lake or something?

I'm sure this happened, though maybe i'm thinking of different animals.

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They weren't shown dying but a fire started on the land they decided to stay on

I'm pretty sure I recall they were lizards in the books

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Mrs Hare was the one who was killed by Scarface, in front of Mr Hare and their kids no less

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Owl didn't go blind, did she? Not in the series. She and Hollow went back to White Deer Park, didn't they?

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Owl didn't go blind. she decided to go back the Farthing Wood (now a housing estate..but the tree she was familier with was still there). her mate decided to follow her. Owl then had an accident with a cement truck and she was encased in concrete for awhile. after the garden animals had tried to help her out, and the kids playing football used her as a goal post (they thought she was a statue) she finally cracked out of the concrete and Owl & her mate (was he called Hollow??) flew back to White Deer Park.

i think she left because she was being nosy and some of the animals were annoyed at her nosyness

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Actually, Owl left as she was bullied by Weasel for not having a mate, but then she came home with Hollow.

And Bold's mate was "Whisper".

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there were the butterflies too, pesticides when they crossed a farm, sprayed with them and died. god this show was depressing. Fox and Vixen didn't die did they?

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Nope, they had to bring up Husky (Bold's son) with Bold's mate (who's name escapes me at the moment).

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Actually, Bold's son was called "Plucky" and his mate was "Whisper".

Well that was their names in the English version.

EDIT: Just saw some posts about the original books, so I guess both names are correct. How very weird.

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Husky and plucky were not the same character.
Husky was Whisper and Bold's son I believe in the books but he was killed in "Siege of white deer park."
He was Plucky's brother as Whisper had 4 cubs at the end of the book "The fox cub bold"

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so did the foxes die? if so how? cause iremember all the other deaths just not the foxes lol

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Fox did not die in the end, he 'retired' as Leader and let Plucky (Bold and Whisper's son) take the reigns.

Vixen lived. As did Whisper, Charmer (Fox's daughter), her mate Ranger (I think they had a litter too) and Friendly.

Dreamer was killed by Scarface.

Scarface was killed by Adder.

Bold died of exhaustion etc.

I THINK Lady Blue survived but disappeared after series 2.

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The fact this show had the guts to kill off loads of main characters is what made it so sweet! You wouldn't find that with kid's TV today. We had it lucky!


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I think this show is the reason I was such a disturbed child and am such a disturbed adolescent. I mean really, does anyone remember when Frog went mad and tried to go back to the wood? The whole show is pretty morbid, but if its coming out on DVD I'll enjoy watching it back and remembering...

Vixen was my favourite too.

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great show. and it was bold enough to tackle deaths. This is a good thing, you have to learn about death eventually, i'm a big fan of explaining most things to a child when they are quite young. You should never hold backwhen it comes to the facts of life.

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The baby rabbit died too on the way to white deer park, the one that was saved from a snare.

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I thought the newts survived because they decided to live at the swimming pool!? I'm SO sure they didn't die, just gave up on travelling!?

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They decided to stay behind at the marshes, and while it was never conclusively proved they died in the fire which later occured, it is assumed by Badger and the others that they did because the fire spread back in their directon.

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Dear God thats depressing!! At least Whistler never died!?!

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Yeah Whistler survived. :)

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Download all the episodes via the thread called "Holy Crap, I'm So Glad I Taped The Whole Series As A Kid!"

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The fact this show had the guts to kill off loads of main characters is what made it so sweet! You wouldn't find that with kid's TV today. We had it lucky!

As someone who used to count Colin Dann as a favorite author for some years before the TV series even came along, I actually was fairly annoyed at the amount of changes. It's only with the benefit of hindsight and exposure to today's output for the same audience that I'm seeing redeeming qualities like how much of that was kept intact.

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I hardly remember this, this is what I do remember, either from books or tv series

The hedgehogs were run over on the Motorway I think
The Pheasents were shot and eaten (at least one was)
Not really a death but when either a rabbit or hare got sprayed with pesticides he started moaning that he was dying. That was funny
Bold died from Exhaustan
Dreamer was killed by Scarface
I think Kestrel left because she killed one of the mice by accident
Mole died from something (That was soo sad. I'm sure I cried when he did)

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Although I beleive it was books only, Toad was ripped apart by the rats.

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It was Rabbit, someone remarked 'oh he does look dreadful' and Hare replied 'he always looks dreadful'

Rabbit was a flaming hypochondriac

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Wasn't Plucky Bold's grandson in the books?

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He was. I have no idea why I said he was Husky's brother. He was Bold's grandson but they never said who his father/mother were as far as I recall

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My sister recently rented a DVD entitled Journey Home: The Animals of Farthing Wood it's available here in the States. What I gather from reading your posts, the DVD is a re-edited and condensed version of one or two seasons. My sister's children who are two and three were pretty upset by the torrent of death and destruction. She thought that it was a joke, or some PETA propaganda film, because it just seemed to move from one tragedy to next. She had to stop the film because her kids were on the verge of tears evey five minutes. I don't believe in cencorship in any form, nor do I believe in editing cartoons for content, (like what happened recently with Tom and Jerry being edited because Tom was smoking) but I think she should have had a heads up when she rented this disc as the packaging made it seem as though it was a "fun filled romp with your pal fox and all his animal friends".

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You know, if you wrap kids in cotton wool then they'll never learn to cope with life. Just saying...

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You know when children are two and three, as my post stated, they really don't have the ability to cope with "the fuzzy animals" being killed left and right.

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And another thing there's a big difference between "coping with life" and allowing your children to become jaded.

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Having just watched the wghole series on DVD, the deaths were the following:

- Newts being supposedly burnt
- Mrs and Mr Pheasant getting shot
- Baby Mice impaled by a Butcher Bird
- Rabbit got shot by hunters
- Hedgehogs got run over
- Mrs Field Mice was accidently eaten by Kestrel
- Mrs Vole was devoured by Scarface
- Mole died of pneumonia
- Dreamer was killed by Scarface
- Bounder (Scarface's son) was killed by Adder
- Badger died of old age
- Mrs Hare was killed by Scarface
- Mrs Rabbit was killed by Scarface
- Scarface was bitten by Adder
- Bold died of exhaustion
- The Great White Stag died of poison
- Sinous was killed by Rats

I think they were all the deaths that occured, aside from the thousands of rats that died.

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I remember them all dying but particularly I recall the hedgehogs deaths, pretty horrible since I was a child, but you didn't see them get run over, you just see them rolling underneath a moving car and that was it. Still, horrible!

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Yes, that's what made this series clearly the most exciting and engaging series from my youth, because you never knew what would happen or who would be killed off. As far as I can remember, it was only Fox, Owl, Toad, Adder and perhaps a few others that survived up until the very end that started out from Farthing Wood (perhaps a rabbit or hare, I believe all the squirrels died at one time). Most excellent writing, even in it's third season it was better than most of the crap on television then and ALL of the crap on television now!

The death that disturbed me the most was by far Bold, such a sad end to the second season.

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^This^!!!


Whenever I'm nostalgic and think back of the cartoons I watched as a kid, the ones closest to my heart are time and time again the more mature cartoons. Simply because of the emotional impact they made on me when young and the way they forced my brain to think about grown-up stuff.

As the above poster said, when a cartoon gives a clear message that your favorite characters may actually die the show suddenly gets alot more tense, exciting and emotional. You can't get that sort of impact with something like disney festival. Though entertaining, I barely remember watching things like alladin and the rescue rangers, those things quickly lost my attention. However, watching the animals of farthing wood equalled sitting at the edge of my seat with a beating heart for every other episode. Similarly, darker animation movies like the story of nimh and the land before time (not the childish sequels though) made a much more lasting impression than anything disney ever did.

The first time I stumbled upon anime (rurouni Kenshin at the age of 11) I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Blood, guns and swords! serious relations! a proper storyline! historical and cultural facts! And a beautiful animation style...without a doubt the highpoint of my childhood as far as tv matters go...

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