Official Trailer & Poster for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ are Gloriously Familiar

Move over, The Dark Knight Rises. There is a new trailer out that increases the anticipation for the 2012 movie season more than just about anything else. Peter Jackson returns to the film franchise that gained him international acclaim with The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien’s story will be adapted into two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again with each film coming out one year apart. The first is on its way about one year from now and an official trailer has come out to give us a glimpse of what is to come.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey uses the established Lord of the Rings films as a framing device to get into its story. Decades before Frodo Baggins journeyed to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, his uncle Bilbo had an adventure of his own. Encouraged by Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo ventured to the Misty Mountains with a team of dwarves in search of a massive treasure. Along the way he confronts spiders, trolls, and the creature who will forever impact his family – Gollum.

Yesterday when The Dark Knight Rises trailer was posted I posited that Nolan’s film might be the blockbuster I am most anticipating next year, but this trailer has easily convinced me that is not the case. The Hobbit was one of the first novels I read as a child and I revisited it often. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies were my obsession throughout high school and I still regard them with fondness. The world that Jackson and team created was so meticulous and fantastic that I eagerly awaited the next moment I could escape into it. I have no reason to doubt that he will treat The Hobbit with an equal amount of care.

Check out the official trailer below or in High Definition at Apple. I am eager to hear your thoughts in the comments.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 14, 2012.

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  • Jose

    When I first heard that the film was finally being made, I knew it would be my must see movie of 2012 and 2013.

    I loved how unlike most other trailers, it wasn’t loud, its giving a bunch of nostalgic images of Middle Earth that look like it’ll be awesome. I might even go ahead and watch it in 3D.

  • I don’t know why, but the trailer just didn’t do anything for me. I’ve always liked the Rings films, but I never really get excited for them.

  • 2012 is going to be an amazing year for movies. The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, and The Great Gatsby all in one year.

  • can’t wait for these great movies coming in 2012 … going to be a big year.

  • Alex… I think this looks awful on almost every level. And it is a particularly poorly put together trailer. The music is awkward with the tone shift from the comedic slapstick at the beginning to the dark dwarf song that might have fit in an ‘Underworld’ movie. The map inter titles and the general visuals look like a video game to me too. I don’t like anything about this.

    • I kind of think most trailers are terribly edited, but this one at least shows that we can expect much of the same from The Hobbit as we did from The Lord of the Rings. That is good enough for me.

  • That I can agree to. The visuals are consistent and I appreciated the brighter, sunnier Shire at the beginning (since it is a better time in Middle Earth). I just didn’t like… well, anything else.

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