Sunday, September 09, 2012

Official 'Hobbit Movies' iOS app shows off previously unreleased images from the movie

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is still months away, and photos from the movie are like gold. Now, iPhone and iPad users can get a bonus: a new iOS app from New Line Cinema / Warner Bros. which gives users a number of previously unseen images, along with a lot more.

The app, released on Friday, is called "Hobbit Movies" and is free in the App Store. Here's the App Store description:
Explore Middle-Earth and experience the epic adventure of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” with the official iOS app. Learn about Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and the band of thirteen dwarves that join him and Gandalf the Grey as they embark across the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain through exclusive artwork, interactive character galleries, and production videos presented by director Peter Jackson.

View a selection of animated character portraits, travel through a detailed map of Middle-earth and explore the stunning narrative imagery of “The Scroll” artwork to immerse yourself in the world of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, deadly Wargs, giant Spiders and fearsome Dragons.

Hobbit Movies features:
  • Interactive Map of Middle-Earth
  • 360ยบ views of scenic locations and settings
  • “The Scroll”, a narrative art piece
  • Animated lenticular character portraits
  • Peter Jackson’s Production Journals
  • Character image galleries and bios
  • Downloads for iPad, iPhone, and Facebook
  • Social integration with Facebook and Twitter
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Don't confuse the app with The Hobbit app, which is also free and in both the Android and iOS App Stores. That app is for TheOneRing.Net, a website dedicated to all things Tolkien.

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The first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is scheduled for release on Dec. 14, 2012. The second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will release Dec. 13, 2013. The final film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," has a release date of July 18, 2014.

Originally scheduled as two films, Peter Jackson and the rest decided in July to expand the film series into a trilogy to allow filmmakers to cover more ground.

We haven't included all of the images from the app, but it's conveniently easy to take screenshots in iOS, so we have more than 30 of them. Take a look in the slideshow.

A number of stars from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will reprise their roles in the new "Hobbit" films. Among them are Elijah Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and Andy Serkis (Gollum). Martin Freeman stars in the films as the protagonist, Bilbo Baggins.

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