One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon. Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements. In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug. It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product. Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.
Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump. The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.
Watch the clips below.