Redwall, Brian Jacques’ children fantasy novel series, was animated into a cartoon series by a British-Canadian-French partnership. It was also translated into several languages including Arabic, Hebrew, and Maori. The series follows the woodland creatures that call Redwall Abby home. It thrills the imagination with stories of mice warriors, legendary swords, and sparrows guided by a code of honour. In the midst of all there is a powerful social and political relevance to the story of Redwall. Redwall bears the mark of great literature and animation, which is translating fantasy into something people find relatable. Within the Redwall series there are three storylines which stand on their own. There is a lot to find in Redwall and much like great treasures everybody finds something different.
In the second storyline of Redwall, there is a new vantage point offered to the reader/audience; one where the Redwallers symbolize the Israeli perspective. The second storyline follows a grown Matthias as he attempts to recover his son Mattimeo who was kidnapped by a vengeful and violent group. Simultaneously, Redwall Abby is under constant aerial attack by crows forcing the Redwallers to hide in underground bunker-like buildings. Much like Israelis, Redwallers are trying to protect a land where they have built more than a home, a life. Both peoples feel threatened and attacked from every corner. In both societies almost all their actions and political choices are guided by the motivation of protecting their children. Israeli politicians often send the army to recover kidnapped Israelis and particularly kidnapped children or teenagers. Redwallers gather an army and journey into foreign lands to recover their kidnapped children.
Combined both storylines illustrate how any society, even those composed of mice and woodland creatures set in medieval Britain are devoid of politics or political significance. There is more to be learnt here: that there are painful parallels between any form of struggle or tragedy regardless of cultural differences. In this parallel there is a common link, yet lost in these differences is the suffering, whether they are Redwallers, Palestinians, or Israelis. Forgotten in this long, exhausting, and heart-wrenching conflict is the understanding of what we all share, our humanity. Forgotten but not lost.