‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: International TV Trailer & Full Soundtrack

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Audiences are eagerly gearing up for a return trip to Middle-earth in next month’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as evidenced by the advance ticket sales for the first installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy (based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-less massive tome about young Bilbo Baggins). Today we can offer a new international TV trailer for the first Hobbit flick – complete with previously-unseen footage and Japanese subtitles (not to mention, voiceover).

The trailer for An Unexpected Journey mixes impressive spectacle with humor, but the latest promo is designed to sell Jackson’s film as foremost an exciting and visually-majestic epic adventure. Admittedly, none of the Hobbit films are going to be able to match the Rings trilogy in terms of stakes, but Jackson is painting on an equally-massive canvas with his second portrait of Tolkien’s fantasy world (not to mention, he has even bigger production values at his disposal this time).

Meanwhile, the official soundtrack for An Unexpected Journey is now online for your listening pleasure. It incorporates musical themes from Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy – specifically, the easily-recognizable “Concerning Hobbits” – with several brand new leitmotifs from Howard Shore (the three-time Oscar-winning composer responsible for scoring the Rings films).

Much of the Unexpected Journey soundtrack is as momentous and exhilarating as you would expect; though, overall, it’s not quite so foreboding and ominous as the Rings score, in keeping with plans for the first Hobbit flick to strike a lighter fairy tale tone. There are some definite (but not, per se, unwelcome) shades of Shore’s previous work here, but also enough different and engaging material to keep things interesting – most notably, the unusual mix of instrumentation used in the theme for the wizardly Radagast the Brown.

Listen to the soundtrack for An Unexpected Journey in full here (via Empire):

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14th, 2012.

Its sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, follows on December 13th, 2013.

And the final installment, There and Back Again, releases on July 18th, 2014.

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Source: Empire

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  1. I wonder if we are going to see a full Superman trailer?

  2. SKARBIE!

  3. Whilst I was all in on the original trilogy
    I am disinclined to sign up for this trip to
    Middle Earth which looks to be exhausting.

    There was great satisfaction when LOTR ended
    and for whatever reason I’d rather not start
    another journey taking years for it to end.

    • Your loss, Robert. I would presume you are not going to view any movies that have pending sequels, then? Perhaps you just need to work on your level of patience…

      • Your presumption is illogical and wrong.
        And my patience is just fine, thank you.

        • “I’d rather not start another journey taking years for it to end.”

          Your words, not mine.

          • My initial comment is specifically and clearly
            about The Hobbit and The Hobbit exclusively.

            Extrapolating global presumptions about my feelings toward
            any other film or film franchise is nonsensical as is your assertion
            that it would be my loss not to see a film that I expressed no interest in.

            The Hobbit trilogy has the feeling of been there done that and since
            I’ve been there and done that with LOTR I’ve had enough of that.

            • Been there done that? So…have you liked the recent Batman and Spiderman reboots? Haha…don’t have to answer that. You’re free to like and dislike whatever you choose, same as the rest of us.

              • Been there done that with LOTR.
                You can’t seem to grasp that
                and need to pontificate.

                • We are both pontificating, but hey, I know how you feel, because I can’t watch anymore Batman and Spiderman reboots for the same reason…been there done that.

                  • Robert,

                    There’s plenty of ‘been there, done that’ going around in a number of films to hit the big screen in the near future. The Prometheus sequel, the new Star Wars sequels, new Batman and Superman reboots, new Star trek reboots, more Transformers and Fast n’ Furious sequels etc.

                    Yet you seem to be singling out the Hobbit for some reason while accepting all of the rest. That would make you a hypocrite. No ‘pontification’ needed to see that(Though you’ll accuse me of it anyway).

                    • I don’t think it would have been relevant for Robert to bring up any of those franchises under an article about The Hobbit. But if you want to compare, all the movies created for the franchises you listed employ plots that were crafted specifically to play out in a 2 hour(ish) timeframe. With the Hobbit, they’re adapting an established hero’s journey plot arc, inserting break points where there weren’t any before, then making us wait a year in between releases.

                      I don’t agree with Robert on this split being a deal-breaker. Minor grievances aside, I plan to watch the trilogy through and I’ll likely enjoy it. However, I don’t have to agree with him to see where he’s coming from. It’s perfectly valid opinion. One I don’t completely share, but valid nonetheless.

    • I get it. Even though each LOTR movie had its own self-contained story arch, it was still jarring to have a year-long break between them. I haven’t read The Hobbit in a few years, but I don’t see how it can be divided cleanly into 3 movies without mangling the flow of the story. In Bilbo’s own words, it would “feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” In this case, scraped over three loaves.

      Nevertheless, this complaint isn’t enough to stop me from checking out the new trilogy. I’d love to have my apprehensions proven wrong.

      • You touch on a key point, javes, regarding the splitting of the story
        into three films which was the moment I began to lose interest in
        this project and had it been two films as originally conceived and
        rightfully should be I would be onboard for The Hobbit I and II.

        The Hobbit is being stretched for commercial reasons and deviates
        from the first series in not being as faithful to the source material.

        • Wrong, Robert. “Not being faithful to the source material”? The Hobbit is going to include material from the appendices, to better link it to The Lord of the Rings. Now if you dislike movie screenplays differing from the books on which they are based, you must not like very many movies, including The Lord of the Rings, which differed significantly from, and in my mind was much better than, the books.

          • “Not being AS faithful” not “not being faithful”.
            You misquote and draw false conclusions.

            Not as faithful is correct so you are wrong.
            And you know nothing of my likes or dislikes.

        • and you know it’s deviating from the source material how? just because it’s in 3 films instead of 2? if i recall, it was Jackson and Boyens who decided to use material from the appendices, that, while maybe not included in the book, is from tolkein, therefore, is not deviated from, but included with, to make a more coherent film(s) there was quite a bit of “deviation” and re-working done on LOTR, yet you liked those, so why not even give this a shot? my familiarity with The Hobbit is limited to the Rankin/Bass animated tv feature from the 70′s, and it’s probably been that long ago since i have seen it, so the trailers for this set of films dont tell me how much is different from the books. i am an avid reader, but i just cant seem to keep interested in Tolkein’s books. i have tried 3 times to read LOTR (2 of them prior to seeing any of the films) but they are just so BORING to me.
          If you have already made up your mind that you won’t like these films, then you probably won’t like them, but you’re reasoning seems illogical, as you said earlier, but to each their own i suppose.

          • All I am saying is this series does not have
            the appeal of the first and while LOTR had its
            own deviation from the source material I think
            more liberties are taken here just to make another
            movie and not because it makes for better movies.

            I can appreciate that material from the appendices
            could help viewers along but that material could have
            been incorporated as needed into two films not three.

            • Robert, fans of Middle Earth enjoy all the time they can get there, just like fans of Batman or Spiderman enjoy all the endless reboots and sequels of those franchises, which, by they way, are done for more and more money, like any other movie.

            • i appreciate your opinion. i will see the movies before i form my own.
              i also have to ask why bother reading an article, much less commenting on said article, relating to a film series you have no desire to see? i’m not saying to go away or anything like that. i enjoy your posts, because they are “artful”, if that’s a proper word.

              • That was my thinking as well, Jeffro. Regardless of the reason for his comments, or the rationale behind them, it is obvious that Middle Earth is just not his cup of tea. To each his own.

              • First of all, I read every article Sandy writes.

                Whether or not I like the subject is irrelevant
                and should not prevent me from reading them
                nor should it stop me from commenting on them.

                I should think opinions to the contrary are welcomed
                and I was not imposing my opinion on anyone else.
                Perhaps the point may be why post at all if any
                contrary opinion is met with random hostility.

                I expressed a perfectly valid point of view.
                And this may be my last expression of it.

                • i was not being hostile. i asked & u answered, it’s all good.

                • Relax, Robert. Do you really believe fans of a movie want to hear someone comment that they are not interested in seeing it because they 1) do not believe it will be as faithful to the source material, 2) think it should be two movies instead of three, 3) do not want to wait years for an end to it, and 4) have been there and done that? I notice you have completely ignored all my comparisons to the Batman and Spiderman reboots/sequels and wonder if your logic extends to them. If not, could it be because you simply “like” them more? Anyway, no need to get your feathers ruffled. I’ve seen a lot more testy confrontations under discussions for those comic book movies…

                • Why should I bother reading,
                  why should I bother commenting,
                  no one really wants to hear what I say.

                  You’re right. Why should I bother.
                  There is no point in saying anything.

                  • Get off the ledge, Robert. We could say the same in response to your reaction to us, as rather engage in the discussion, you have simply gotten defensive about it.

                    • Pure BS. I went after no one here.

                    • There you go again…I did not accuse you of “going after” anyone, but rather, being defensive in response to our input.

                    • More BS. You fail to comprehend my posts.
                      I am tired of trying to explain them to you.

                    • On that we agree, Robert…I fail to comprehend your posts.

                    • At least you know your limitations.

                    • Yes, I am limited, as I don’t understand crazy. Now, Robert, feel free to have the last word, if your compulsion dictates…

                    • @ Jeff

                      You turned what could’ve been a polite discussion into something else from the get-go, when you back-hand insulted Rob (ie. implying he was too impatient). Our rules here are pretty simple: keep the discussion focused on the TOPIC, not each other. Please keep that in mind next time.

                      - Sandy

                    • Right. I see. That’s it. I’m crazy.
                      That’s how you make sense of it.

                      Whatever you need to think to
                      feel good about yourself, Jeffrey.
                      You go right ahead and think it.

  4. do you think we will be getting one more full length trailer before the release date?

  5. The dwarven song is even sweeter in that.

  6. I can’t believe we are only one month away…
    I’m pretty excited.

  7. Robert is not alone. I’m a long-time Tolkien fan, and I’m not bothering to see this either. The studios have gotten used to stretching out a plot into several incomplete movies. They improve their profits by guaranteeing viewers for 3 movies, instead of 1. As long as people are willing to let them do this, the practice will continue. Once this extra-long movie is actually complete, I might watch it.

    Re the comment about them incorporating material from the appendices – Have you READ the appendices? There’s a sketchy plot in there, with practically no detail. Jackson will have to fill that in with his own inventions (which may be good or bad, depending on your viewpoint). And some of it will be pure invention. I can guarantee you will not find a warrior elf-maiden called Tauriel in the appendices.

    • It’s as simple as that and very well said, Cynthia.
      I agree with every word and I’m a Tolkien fan too.

    • You obviously don’t fully comprehend what the “appendices” actually entail. They are not just a bunch of random fact entries or chronology with blurbs about important dates……they also include complete stories written by the author himself that were either not complete or substantial enough by themselves to make complete book (see Unfinished Tales). They include a LOT of what was taking place around the focused Hobbit and LotR stories.

      In fact, Jackson is basing much of this embellishment on, “The Quest of Erebor” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quest_of_Erebor

      Seems like a brilliant idea to me because it puts the Hobbit into the larger context on the LotR world and making it feel more connected to the other movies instead of being a stand alone book with only a few threads connecting it to LotR.

      My only reservation about all this is the recent announcement of adding a 3rd movie. We have no idea atm if this means they are simply extending the Hobbit story even more (providing more footage and a more complete book experience) or if the 3rd movie will be some sort of bridge movie, filling in the time between the Hobbit and LotR. The latter idea would be more risky because then Jackson and his team would truly be writing their own story because there is little in the way of detail during that time.

  8. That trailer is hilarious! Its an English movie fully retooled in japanese with some sort of Slavic sub-sub-titles! (I have no idea what the bottom language is)

  9. I have to begin by stating that I audibly groaned when it was announced that the Hobbit was to be trilogyized. It’s a book that, in the hands of a conscientious and talented film-maker, could quite easily be done in one film with, let’s say, a 150-180 minute running time as it’s a much more intimate story than LOTR.
    Now, I’m not saying that Jackson does not fit into the above bracket, but a three picture franchise reeks of money, self-indulgence and a large hint of “anything can be done in digital”.
    I hope I’m wrong. But,having endured the recent “Batman” trilogy and the disappointment of “The Dark Knight Rises” where logic, great film-making and a tight, involved story were thrown out of the window.
    Let’s get back to some real single movies (perhaps, individual stories within a trilogy)that are spectacular and entertaining. Not self-indulgent, travelogue, and tiresomely long film-making.

  10. I find myself less and less excited for this. Which is a sad thing to realize. I know that a screenplay has to be treated as a separate creature from the source material in order to make a good film, but I havta say I would rather see this as a single film, or a duology. Galadriel doesn’t need to be in this. But hey, I will go see it.

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