More New Zealand 'Hobbit' Installs & Promos - Dwarves Go Marching
"Far over the misty mountains cold, to dungeons deep and caverns old..." New Zealand is going Hobbit crazy! Which makes sense because it's probably the biggest pop culture property they're recognized for now, but fine with me. I've always wanted to visit and hope to one day make it down there. Last week we posted that rather awesome (and maybe creepy) gigantic Gollum installation at the Wellington airport. Weta has been hard at work on a few other phyiscal installations, and just finished putting up "thirteen of the world’s tallest Dwarves – plus a distinctly larger-than-life Hobbit." On display at the New Zealand Post office building (map), together they form the company of dwarves marching in line with Bilbo. Pretty damn cool.
The building is located in Wellington, NZ and includes a display of 14 silhouettes, each one roughly 20' tall. It will remain in place until early 2013 if you want to see it. Here are some photos courtesy of WetaNZ.com.
Up next, via ComingSoon there is a new contest and video launched by Air New Zealand in promotion of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. The video, which is one of those safety videos you see on a flight, is infused with Middle-Earth goodness, including a special guest. It's another fun Hobbit promo from New Zealand. Watch:
After watching this Air New Zealand video, you can visit their Hobbit site to enter and win a trip to NZ.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 14th.