We Must Away Ere Break of Day

All of us who were super pumped when we learned that Peter Jackson was going to produce a two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, then got really, really excited when we found out that Guillermo del Toro was tabbed to direct, then were bummed out when del Toro walked away and Peter Jackson started acting like an anti-labor douche and it looked like the movies weren’t going to be made after all, then were relieved and put our class antagonism aside for a while when the labor issues were worked out and Jackson decided to take the helm himself . . . whew . . . get to take our first good look at the film versions of Dori, Ori, and Nori today.

The Hobbit is decidedly more kid-friendly than the terse, dense, and moody violence of the Lord of the Rings saga, and from the few images that have been released so far, it seems like the movies will take on a lighter tone as well. The dwarfs here look just a touch more cartoonish than any of the characters in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, don’t you think? Jackson didn’t exactly make his name on making PG movies, but here’s hoping that this will be one we can take the 9-year-old to.

2 thoughts on “We Must Away Ere Break of Day

  1. Oh…was I not supposed to let my 5 year old watch TLOTR trilogy? Well…I’ll read it to her instead, as soon as we finish the L Frank Baum Oz series (which I wish someone as wierdo would put out in film for her to eventually see). We are looking forward to the Hobbit as a movie precursor to the trilogy. Though I got to read all these books in sequence, I’m too old have gotten to watch them as such. Thus, I never got to know Lucas’ film version (flat, 1 dimensional) of Anikin Skywalker before knowing Lord Vader as was my daughter. It will be interesting to see how this generation responds to having both the lexical and visual developments of wonderful, imaginary worlds handed to them.

    • Eh, to each her own. Jbear’s generally not a fan of decapitation, so we’ve stayed away from it. And I tried reading the books to him when he was younger, but the dense backstory bored him. Plus, he had no kickass namesake to marvel at, so there wasn’t that motivation. One of the most interesting parts of introducing our kids to these stories is trying to figure out how to weave the various formats we have available–reading to them, reading alone, movies, comics, audiobooks. I wonder, too, how (or if) it’s going to impact the we tell stories in the future.

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