It’s been about eight and a half months since the first trailer for “The Hobbit” hit the web. Now we have a new trailer for the flick, due out on December, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t markedly similar to the first.
There are a few scenes in particular in the teaser that have changed from the first one, which our friends over at TheOneRing.net were kind enough to point out. Bilbo’s reaction to Gandalf’s arrival is new and so is the view of the dwarves when Thorin Oakenshield starts to sing. We can also see the titular hobbit hiding from something in a tree in Mirkwood Forest as well as he and his allies, Gandalf and the dwarves, running through a forest.
It turns out that this is the same trailer that was shown a few weeks back at Comic-Con. The decision not to show more footage in the second trailer released is an interesting one, especially in light of the recent decision to turn “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. We’ve seen more of the movie in pictures than we have in video, and as the calendar ticks closer to “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey’s” December 14 release date, we’d really like that to change.
In fact, we’d really love to see the lengthy sizzle reel that was shown both at CinemaCon and at Comic-Con to promote the film. Director Peter Jackson opted not to show the footage in 48 frames per second the second time around because he wants his audience to see the movie in its full form at the new frame rate instead of making judgments early on.
“Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more,” he said in a recent interview. “Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold.”
Even so, we’d really love to have a tease of the movie at 48 fps and in 3D before we have to dole out probably close to $20 for a ticket to see it in the special formats. James Cameron had an “Avatar Day” prior to the release of “Avatar” to convince fans the 3D was worth their time and money, so why not do the same for “The Hobbit”? And maybe give us some new footage to mull over at the same time.