Mar 4, 2014

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New video: Bringing Smaug to life

See how Benedict Cumberbatch and the VFX team at Weta Digital brought Smaug to life in this new making-of video from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The movie’s home release is set for April 8th


  1. Joyce Tullock says:

    Smaug is an outstanding achievement. WETA truly brought him life. My congratulations to WETA and the Hobbit team for bringing us this wonderful film experience.

  2. While I did love Smaug, and I love how he’s been portrayed, when I saw the film in theatres I couldn’t help feeling that he needed a bit more polish in places. Since the dragon looks so real most of the time, the brief bits where he looks fake stand out. Look at 1:02 in the video for example. The face seems overly expressive, the shadows are not quite as detailed and sharp as they should be. He looks fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but also just a little bit rushed.

    • I missed another point I wanted to make, the weight. So he’s as big as 2 jumbo jets, and I’m sure weighs a lot, even if he isn’t pigging out on dwarf crisps like he used to. While his body manages the illusion of immense weight and size admirably, the head doesn’t. Look at the head shake at 1:59 in the video. For a normal human being, that’s fine, for something with a larger head, say a horse, it’s a bit unlikely, but still within the realms of possibility. But if you’re moving around a head the size of an adult elephant, that sort of movement is physically impossible. The Smaug in the book was ancient, massive, and lethargic. In the movie he’s become just a bit too lively.

  3. This is AWESOME! Thanks Hobbit crew!

  4. SMAUG!!!!!!!!!! O.O

  5. chris pedersen says:

    is Peter Jackson the dwarf running past Thorin to escape Smaug at about 7 minutes 38 seconds in the Hobbit part 1? Right after Ian Holm says “a dragon will guard his plunder as long as he lives…”

  6. Awesome 🙂

  7. AKSHAI RAJ says:

    Bilbo(watson) belive what ever the dragon(sherlock)says.

  8. I wait one more day before I can watch the video and now it’s gone. Doh! 🙂


  9. Adam Gonzalez says:

    In Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo is fighting some Crab like creature right after he drops The Ring. Right after he kills the beast he says, “mine”. It almost sounds like a Ian Holm voice over when he played Bilbo can someone confirm or deny this ? I think it would be really cool if it was.

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