20 New Images from THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, Plus the Official Behind-the-Scenes App

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You know a movie is getting close to opening when the studio releases an app.  Welcome to Warner Bros.’ “Hobbit Movies,” the official app for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The program is chock full of behind-the-scenes media, story information, a ton of character images and production stills and even the famous map of Middle Earth.  We’ve wrangled up an image gallery, which features a lot of great looks at the dwarves in the party and the first look at Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) as the Elvish king, Thranduil (and Legolas’ father).  Hit the jump to check out the images and to find out where you can download the app.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis, opens December 14th.

A good portion of the following images come courtesy of The Playlist and a lot more can be found on the official app.  You can download it at Apple’s App Store while you check out the gallery below:




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  • Arch Stanton

    Not excited! The poor dwarves are looking like the giants in ‘Battleship Earth’, just much smaller. I see no apparent reason for dreadlocks and other 90s hairdo in Middle Earth! I had doubts already while watching the teasers, but these dwarves are neither convincing, nor funny.

    • Nate H

      Do you know what dreadlocks are? There’s a difference between braids (which are completely understandable in Middle Earth) and dreadlocks. I also don’t know what you mean by convincing. They are equivalent to Gimli from the original trilogy – so if you didn’t like the original LOTR films then why would you even bother commenting here? But as they say, “haters gonna hate.”

      I’m personally excited (although unconvinced that 3 films are needed for the Hobbit). Peter Jackson proved himself with the originals, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until I see the first one.

  • Peter Jackson

    pssssh whatever Arch Stanton. I think they look pretty badass to me. Did you just really compare the Hobbit to battleship earth? Dreadlocks are a commonly seen hair style for dwavres not just from middle earth, but other fantasy fictions as well. Were you not convinced in lord of the rings?

  • Bb

    Guess the make up artists from Harold and kumar did the make up for Tom hanks… Looks like freakshow without the boils.. Or the yellow bastard from sin city.. Either way…. Terribly unrealistic.. Faceoff has better work by the worst competitors

    • Nate H

      What are you talking about? Tom Hanks isn’t in this movie and he wasn’t in Harold and Kumar.

      I really don’t understand the criticism. The trailer looks pretty decent to me. I think they could’ve done it in 2 films (or even one since The Hobbit is shorter than any of the original trilogy novels and they only got one apiece), but I’m all for seeing more Middle Earth. It may not be as good as The Return of the King, but it’s not going to be awful. It’s still Peter Jackson – it’s not Michael Bay or someone else terrible that would massacre it. Have a little faith – Peter earned it.

  • Arch Stanton

    I think what Bb meant is that they look like Tom Hanks in one of his variants in “Cloud Atlas”.

    @Nate H
    Bad (which, in my book, means unimaginative) makeup effort by Weta. The original Gimli makeup wasn’t convincing already. Otherwise… I hope Peter Jackson makes it work again, the magic. There’s some humor in the novel that hopefully matches Peter Jackson’s goofy side (not seen since Kong). We mustn’t forget, though, that he, originally, didn’t want to direct the second set of Tolkien films. Kong was a labor of love.

  • Arch Stanton

    I think what Bb meant is that they look like Tom Hanks in one of his variants in \"Cloud Atlas\".

    @Nate H
    Bad (which, in my book, means unimaginative) makeup effort by Weta. The original Gimli makeup wasn\’t convincing already. Otherwise… I hope Peter Jackson makes it work again, the magic. There\’s some humor in the novel that hopefully matches Peter Jackson\’s goofy side (not seen since Kong). We mustn\’t forget, though, that he, originally, didn\’t want to direct the second set of Tolkien films. Kong was a labor of love. Fingers crossed!

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  • bigfella

    i can understand why some might feel ill towards the makeup efforts for the dwarves. i suppose it can look a little hokey.
    but keep in mind that these are just still pictures which rarely ever look convincing. and also compared to alot of other fantasy sc-fi movies, this ain’t that bad so let’s not harp on it too much.
    i personally think gimli and other characters in LOTR looked fine for what it was. i am giving the benefit of the doubt that the quality level should be about the same this time around for the hobbit.

  • Nooxh

    The bald dwarf looks a like ‘the freak’ from Harold and Kumar.

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  • miguel rodriguez

    My cousin Balin will give us a royal welcome

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  • Jasen

    As a Scot I always thought that the Dwarves having a Scot’s accent was because there was a parallel between them and the “Highlander” image. Tough men that live in the mountains etc. It’s cliched and trite but I think it works well to differentiate them from the “Lowlanders”.

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  • WaitingForDecades

    I can’t believe people are judging whether the dwarves are realistic or not. Based on what, exactly? What about the elves? No criticism there? How about Smaug? I’m looking forward to the films. I’ve been waiting for so long, and I will enjoy them. Hope evereyone else can too.

  • A.C

    The makeup looks fine to me. As good as it ever has. What seems strange is the texture of their beards up close: and that would be due to the fact that, instead of using human hair, Jackson transitioned to using yak hair. It looks a little odd in places simply because we aren\’t used to seeing yak hair on a human (for obvious reasons).
    Despite that, this movie is going to be epic. I read the book, but I\’m not one to care for how they changed the appearances of the dwarves. I like the changes. In all honesty I think, had Jackson followed the book word-for-word, we wouldn\’t have been able to keep the dwarves straight: because they would be almost identical to each other in appearance and personality.
    Eager to see what adventure awaits! (:

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