The Hobbit Actually

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This is a fitting holiday post for Pop Smoothie. The Hobbit is being released for the holidays and of course Love Actually is a Christmas movie. The way the movie industry regurgitates franchises, I fully expect this silly concept to become reality. I think they can squeeze out a few more Hobbit movies with special guest stars! It would only take a couple teensy liberties…

I often wonder which movie Martin Freeman enjoyed making more of these two…

It is interesting, to do this cartoon, I really looked at all the dwarf designs in depth for the first time for the movies. I saw the first one of course but had not taken in all the details.

Back in the 90s I painted a lot of dwarves for the Middle Earth CCG.

It never once occurred to me to put a macrame design in their beards. Seeing it in the movie designs made me wish I had. I am sure the AD would have approved.

It made me wonder who does those elaborate designs. In the Tolkien universe, it is mentioned that dwarf women are never seen and have beards like the men. Perhaps they are never seen because they are constantly crafting exotic new beard styles.

And what is up with Kili? It looks like perhaps the mountain had a cute elven mailman? Maybe that is why they are so protective of their ladies…

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A couple of my Hobbit cards from The Dragons expansion. L: Bilbo running from Smaug’s fire R: The King Under the Mountain I need to scan this painting. It is in a frame so a bit difficult to get to. If only I had drawn him with a big macrame planter in his beard. That would have been COOL!

We have plans to see Desolation of Smaug this Sunday before our Illustrators yearly Christmas party. It has actually gotten some good reviews. I will report back…

UPDATE: This joke trailer for Love Actually 2 is perfect: http://stylecaster.com/love-actually-parody/

UPDATE 2: I recently was arguing with friends about whether or not Desolation of Smaug is fan fiction. I said it was the most expensively produced piece of fan fiction ever. My friend said it cannot be since it is officially licensed by the Tolkien estate.

I just fount this review in The Atlantic by Christopher Orr which basically said what I did, although a bit harsher. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/12/-em-the-hobbit-2-em-is-bad-fan-fiction/282316/

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3 responses to “The Hobbit Actually”

  1. Bearman Cartoons says :

    The question is does the same audience watch the Hobbit and Love Actually to get the references in both? haha

    • cswalddesign says :

      That is a good point. I think there is a decent overlap; I laughed. Richard Curtis probably courted the same crowd in the Blackadder series.

      I had an idea recently for a Fawlty Towers/Breaking Bad crossover. After discussing it with friends, too many thought it was really obscure…

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