New 'Hobbit' trailer dazzles

An early still from the upcoming 'The Hobbit.'¯

An early still from the upcoming 'The Hobbit.'¯

Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson, working through his trio of film studios, has suddenly and dramatically changed the tone of the teaser trailers for the December debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Compared to the original trailer from last December, the new trailer released Wednesday is more buoyant, more dramatic, more informative and far funnier. It is also jam-packed with teaser excerpts from the adventure scenes to come when The Hobbit hits theatres on Dec. 14.

On the official website for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (www.thehobbit.com), there are five choices for playing the trailer and sharing it with friends. Each ends with a different designated ‘moment’ featuring either the wizard Gandalf, the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Bilbo’s legendary sword Sting, the creature Gollum or the Dwarves who come to meet the future Hobbit hero Bilbo at Bag End for his ‘unexpected journey.’ It’s your choice.

The new trailer with its five variations stand in contrast to the first official trailer from last December, which was dour, sombre and even funereal in tone. It looked like a real downer, despite introducing Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins. But the new trailer makes the movie look far more exciting and reinforces predictions that the look of the film will surpass what Jackson did earlier with his trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, from 2001 through 2003.

Jackson¹s original trilogy was based on the monumental three-part novel, The Lord of the Rings, written by South African-born British academic J.R.R.

Tolkien. He had already published The Hobbit, which Tolkien thought of as his children¹s book despite its complex themes, while Lord of the Rings was geared for adults. As a book, The Hobbit celebrates its 75th anniversary on Friday. Its alternate title was The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

The release of a new trailer by the trio of Warner Bros., New Line and MGM coincides with the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week, with Saturday designed as Hobbit Day for fans of the films and books. An Unexpected Journey is the first of three Hobbit films that Jackson plans to release from 2012 through 2014.


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