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The Hobbit Teaser Trailer Breakdown
We take a closer look at the first trailer for An Unexpected Journey

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The Young Bilbo

A cut across the years, from Holm to Martin Freeman’s Bilbo puffing contentedly on his pipe, casts the appropriate spell that this is most definitely the younger version of the famous hobbit. Gandalf in classic grey garb is attempting to entice the habitually lethargic halfling with the concept of adventure. We cut to a montage of antic images of how ill-equipped Bilbo is for the great outdoors (struggling with a pony, his mix of debonair velvet jackets, scampering after the departed dwarves). The Hobbit’s ribald comic tone is set, with Gandalf announcing the arrival of the dwarves at Bag End, the height differential between wizard, hobbit and dwarf is so sublimely achieved (via a slave mo-cap — Ian McKellen filming separately on a larger-scaled green-screen set) we barely even register it.

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1 RE: Count me in!
I can't wait to see the film tonight, especially the hippy wizard! As a pre warm up I have been watching this new comedy series 'A Simple Walk Into Mordor', It's quite funny...bit.ly/UbtgPo More

Posted by lucyIsabella on Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:11

2 Count me in!
I can not wait for this as I love the books and the Peter Jackson films. The cast is once again spot on and I am so glad that Jackson returned to the directors chair to make this. In 3D this should be amazing! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Friday January 6, 2012, 22:28

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I can already see a few Oscars on the horizon for this film: Make-up, Art Direction and Costumes almost for sure (the last two depend on Spielberg's "Lincoln"). It's also quite probable that Howard Shore could win for the score, but that's a little unlikely, considering he's already won twice, and both times for films related to this series. Cinematography also seems a given (the Dol Guldur sequences convinced me of that, as well as the sweeping landscape shots of New Zealand), and if the 3D is well done, I think I will be proved right. At first I also thought visual effects, but after having seen the trailer to Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", I'm now leaning more towards that one instead (though it depends on what Jackson does with the Mirkwood spiders sequence, which I expect to be in the first film). Part 2 of "The Hobbit", thanks to Smaug the dragon, will most likely take the effects Oscar the following year. I wish for a directing Oscar too, but that's uMore

Posted by Aragorn22 on Monday December 26, 2011, 04:08

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The shot of the Ring is not under the Misty Mountains, it's in Mirkwood, I'm sure: look at all the spider webs; a very famous scene form the book. The Ring itself here is probably only used as a device to tie in the trailer to the LOTR trilogy. I don't think it will appear in the film as such. Anyway... Anyone notice they still haven't fixed Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, which should glow blue like Sting when near Orcs? I guess they had the same budgetary cuts as on the trilogy... Still, I am so psyched by this trailer, I almost came in my pants when first viewed (and heard, Shore's score being astounding) in theatres. Still no news on a Liv Tyler cameo, though, and that's a shame... More

Posted by Aragorn22 on Monday December 26, 2011, 03:23

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The appearance of the shards of Narsil suggest that Aragorn might be part of the film. At the time of "The Hobbit", Aragorn is 10 years old, and recently, the production have hired a 10 year-old boy named John Bell! More

Posted by Aragorn22 on Monday December 26, 2011, 03:01

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Look at this one shot more carefully in the trailer: that is not Sir Ian Holm... More

Posted by Aragorn22 on Monday December 26, 2011, 02:54

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Can't wait. The magic will be back. More

Posted by Agent69 on Thursday December 22, 2011, 14:45

8 Very Good
Loved the trailer, the singing was actually my favourite bit - full of pain and loss and memory. Although I would quibble that Armitage is no basso, but merely a bass or baritone. Basso profundos are really really deep. Perhaps I'm wrong though More

Posted by gambit21 on Thursday December 22, 2011, 13:33

9 RE: Humbug
well...then I guess you won't watch the films.....because as with the book, the films are full of dwarves. More

Posted by SailorOrion on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 15:46

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