The Hobbit Posts:

A Couple Reasons Why We’re Afraid of ‘The Hobbit’

Remember Frodo? Yes you do, the small guy with really hairy feet who was kind of annoying, but also pretty brave. Come on, he was in that movie series, The Lord of the Rings? Where he walked a really, really, really, really long way with his BFF, just to throw a piece of jewellery into a volcano. There you go.

It was good wasn't it? It was, trust me. Well, a prequel to his adventures revolving around his Uncle Bilbo is set to be released on December 14, called The Hobbit. You've probably heard of it, it's pretty big news.

I know it was almost been a decade since we last saw Frodo, Sam and their Fellowship, but we finally have a Hobbit movie to get excited about and it can only be good, right? Unfortunately, it might also suck. Here are 5 reasons why The Hobbit trilogy might ruin the Lord of the Rings' fine legacy.

Plenty of Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Film

If The Lion King has taught me anything, it's that the easiest way to get over the death of your father is to sing a song with a bunch of woodland creatures about having no worries. If taught me anything else it's that all animals die, but that's just part of the circle of life. So when news broke that 27 animals died during the production of The Hobbit trilogy, my first thought was, 'Someone just find Elton John.' But apparently producers were aware that the farm the animals were being kept on in Wellington, New Zealand was full of unsafe conditions like 'bluffs, sinkholes and other death traps.' While this may sound like the world's most kickass petting zoo, to the ASPCA and American Humane Society, it sounds like Alicia Silverstone's worst nightmare.

Film-making can be dangerous. Brandon Lee was killed on-set. A stunt man died making Expendables 2. And Twilight was filmed--like I said, dangerous. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that every now and then some horses and sheep on a shoddy farm in Kiwi-town get sacrificed to the filmmaking gods in order to make three movies about a bunch of midgets with hairy feet that go on an adventure. So while it's always sad when an animal comes under harm, sometimes it happens.

So does The Hobbit's animal deaths compare to these other films that are probably not discussed at length at Natalie Portman's vegan dinner parties?

 

Two ‘Hobbit’ TV Spots Take You Along Bilbo’s Grand Adventure (VIDEO)

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The Greatest Unexpected Journey You'll Ever Go On

Bilbo Baggins is stepping out of the Shire and into the wild, and luckily we've all been invited to go with him on his unexpected journey. (That is, if you fork up the cash to buy tickets to watch it when it screens.)

Two new TV spots for The Hobbit recently hit online. The first one, which you can watch in the player above, shows off the beginnings of Bilbo's journey and some of the doubts and difficulties he had to overcome along the way. Read More » »

Seven New ‘The Hobbit’ Posters Tease an Unexpected Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien was never one to mince words. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was aptly titled, since it was all about the One Ring. The prequel that started it all, The Hobbit, will be hitting the big screen this December and it's just as appropriately titled as well, since it tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins' grand adventure. Read More » »

Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Round 7: The Imp vs Freaks’ Hans

Has it really been seven weeks of our Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Tournament of Champions already?? Despite all these guys' tiny little legs, they're moving things pretty quickly ahead as we move into the final two rounds of the semi-finals to see who will eventually face off against the Hobbits in time for December's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and be the one who gets the one ring to rule them all, or the Iron Throne, or whatever the main prize is in whatever fantasy series you're into.

To recap last week, we sat through an epic battle between the body-slamming bellicose vultures, the Borrowers, take on the lap-dogs of Lilliput, the takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin' Lilliputians. And much to our surprise, due to their guerrilla warfare strategies, the Clock family was capable of cleaning the Lilliputian army's clock. Today we move onto Round Seven of our miniscule showdown of the biggest little fighters in the world. Will Tyrion Lannister pay off his family's debts with a victory? Or will the sideshow spectacle Hans become the ringleader of his own ring of death. Let's check in with our two competitors to find out. Read More » »

A Hobbit Home Made Completely Out of Balloon Seems Like a Good Use of One’s Time (VIDEO)

Welcome to the Shire...before it floats away

If you're not familiar with the Balloon Guy, then you're probably like 99.9% of the rest of the world. But, I've got to say, this is one modern artist whose work I can actually understand and appreciate. Just because I go out on dates to gallery openings and nod my head with my glass of cheap white wine in a plastic cup doesn't mean I comprehend anything I'm looking at, it just means I like to go to bed with classy art chicks.

But the time-lapse video of above is pretty impressive as the Balloon Guy transforms his family's entertainment room (which I'm sure his wife was okay with) into Bilbo's little Hobbit home. And incase you were worried it took him too long to do this, don't. It was only 40 hours of time with 2600 ballons. Whew! Sigh of relief.

Two New TV Spots from ‘The Hobbit’ Plus Seven New Images (VIDEO)

The Hobbit
The 'Unexpected Journey' That Started It All

Bilbo Baggins is going on his grandest adventure yet, but it's also going to be one that takes him on a completely unexpected journey. Peter Jackson revisits Middle-earth once more but he takes a couple of steps backward as The Hobbit recounts events that happened prior to the events that transpired in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More » »