Thursday, April 3, 2014

First two Hobbit films get the 8-bit treatment, Tauriel subplot thankfully absent


I'm purposefully ignoring the fact that Final Fantasy VI turned 20 yesterday to focus on things that don't make me feel so old and decrepit.

...like this amazing 8-bit summary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Created as a tongue-in-cheek way for fans to keep up familiarize themselves with the previous two films before the December release of the third and final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

This might look familiar to anyone who can remember playing J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Volume One for the Super Nintendo and... goddammit, now I feel super old again.

Anyway, 8-bit Hobbit.  Go!


It's a bit bittersweet that Peter Jackson's time with and in Middle Earth is likely drawing to a close with this last Hobbit film as it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll ever receive the rights to The Silmarillion.

So while these Hobbit films might not be *great*, they're probably the last time we'll get to step into Jackson's version of Middle Earth* so we should appreciate There and Back Again for all it's worth when it hits box offices this winter.

*- Until, of course, he releases the 3D HD remaster of the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy.