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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Weta's Visual Effects Reel

Reported by Outsiders - 2014.02.25

Sure, Benedict Cumberbatch provided its deep growly voice and the basic foundation of its movements, but those computer wizards at Weta Digital still had a massive hill to climb when it came time to digitally create the monstrous dragon Smaug for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy. Especially difficult was Jackson's second Hobbit installment "The Desolation of Smaug," in which full scenes featured the colossal dragon who was not only performing pages of dialogue but gradually tracking down a terrified Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

Weta's eye-popping results were acknowledged this year with the Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination. And while "Gravity" may give them a run for their money at Oscar time, this new nifty promo video, detailing Weta's tremendous work while making Smaug, just reminds you that movie magic is very much alive and well -- and perhaps breathing fire.

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug stars Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom

Release: April 8th, 2014 (Blu-Ray)

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