Development of the Rabbit

About the film

Part of the archive's Senior Biology series, Development of the Rabbit is a study of the gestation period of rabbits - aided by diagrammatic, microscopic, and dissection footage.


  • Release year- 1944
  • Director - Mary Field
  • Production company - G.B. Instructional
  • Producer - C.C. Hentschel
  • Diagrams - Science Films Ltd
  • Running time (minutes) - 32 mins 02 secs

Original description

'The film shows the simple cell division of the embryo sea urchin, describes the simplest species of egg-laying mammals, and proceeds to the embryology of the rabbit. The development of the embryo in the rabbit is shown by a series of dissections and animated diagrams.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)

Did you know?

  • This is the only Senior Biology series film sponsored by the British Council, though they did distribute other films in the series.
  • Four educational films about rabbits were produced in the mid-1940s: the British Council's The Life of the Rabbit, and Development of the Rabbit, plus G.B. Instructional's Wild Rabbits and Rabbits! Rabbits! - the latter of which was penned by Enid Blyton.

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