This is not your run of the mill mash-up. This is a literal one. YouTuber EagerBeaverFilms took footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and slipped in faces of the characters from Britain’s The Office. To rather unusual effect. See for yourself.
I’m sort of on the fence about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I saw it in 3D and 48 fps and was not a fan of the new technology, so I’m waiting to see it in 2D and 24 fps before I decide whether or not I liked the film. Regardless, here’s an old version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic (entirely unlicensed of course) called “The Fairytale Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit.” It was made in 1984 and aired on aired on the Leningrad TV Channel. According to the Tolkien Gateway wiki, “This children’s film featured Zinovy Gerdt as ‘The Professor’ (a narrator stand-in for Tolkien), Mikhail Danilov as Bilbo, Anatoly Ravikovich as Thorin, Ivan Krasko as Gandalf and Igor Dmitriev as Gollum. Smaug and the Spiders were portrayed by puppets. Missing in this version are the Trolls, Elrond, Beorn and the Wood-elves. The Goblins are human-like with little makeup and portrayed by dancers from the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (as were the inhabitants of Lake Town).”
I would absolutely want to live in Middle Earth. I mean, sure you have orcs and goblins and a force of ultimate evil or two. And perhaps worse than all of that: No internet. But also: Hobbit holes. Picturesque woods and mountains. Hobbit holes. Cities built around waterfalls. Hobbit holes!
This concept art for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, by John Howe and Alan Lee, serves as an excellent reminder of how beautiful it is over there. Meanwhile my city has dog poo and trash-filled gutters in abundance. *sigh*
And that’s a wrap on the Hobbit video blogs! Until they start coming in for the second movie, The Desolation of Smaug*, that is. This final video focuses on a few last-minute finishing touches to the film, the preparation for the Wellington, New Zealand world premiere, and the premiere itself. It kind of makes me feel like I was there in spirit. Except not. Because my life is not that awesome.
*Apparently I’ve been pronouncing “Smaug” incorrectly for years. I thought it was “Smog,” but in the movie it’s “SmOWg.” Please tell me I’m not the only one to whom this is a revelation.
As if you needed another reason to vacation in New Zealand, the newly refurbished shooting set for Hobbiton, complete with Hobbit holes designed to last this time, is now graced with a real Green Dragon pub. Which you can go to. And buy drinks from. And if you’re dating a girl named Rosie and she’s a LotR fan, you are honorbound to propose to her there.
We’ve been restraining ourselves from posting too much stuff about The Hobbit because, lets face it, this is not a LotR only blog and we would be straining at least a few people’s patience. So here’s all The Hobbit stuff from yesterday that we didn’t post because we’d already done like two posts related to The Hobbit and dangit, The Hobbit people calm down with your premiere pictures, unreleased photos, funny quotes, new behind the scenes footage, and Colbert Report interviews.
Oh also the Doubleclicks have a new Christmas song that’s particularly appropriate this year.
When J.R.R. Tolkien was writing The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, did you think he ever considered someone wearing the maps of the land he created as a dress? My guess is no. The photo was taken by Matt & Kristy on Flickr of an attendee at Dragon*Con. Ma’am, we salute you.
One of my favorite things in this world is seeing what goes into making my favorite films and television shows (I literally can’t get enough of watching foley artists work). So these Hobbit production videos Peter Jackson periodically puts out are super interesting. In this latest installment we see what’s been going on in post-production for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That includes the soundtrack, goblin design, and yes, beard capture technology.