Weta Digital has released a new "Laketown: The Devil is in the Details " visual effects breakdown video for Peter Jackson's epic fantasy-adventure, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

"Travel through Middle-earth's city on the lake as it evolves from early pencil sketches to the bustling streets seen in the film. See all the elements come together to bring stunning scale and detail to one of the film's most important settings." - Weta Digital

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
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JoJo1982 - 4/3/2014, 2:35 PM
I forgot all about this movie

Well does it come out on blu ray
Super12 - 4/3/2014, 2:39 PM
You forgot to say it was narrated by a robot.
MCott - 4/3/2014, 2:48 PM
@JoJo1982 It should be coming out really soon. And then in December, when the third one comes out, the Extended Edition will be available
JoJo1982 - 4/3/2014, 2:48 PM
SauronsBANE - 4/3/2014, 2:50 PM
"I forgot all about this movie".

That probably best sums the Hobbit Trilogy so far, IMO. Forgettable.

But that's it for my Hobbit hate for today. I'm in a good mood right now. I actually loved what they did with Lake-Town and how they rendered and portrayed it, and casting Stephen Fry as the Master was absolutely inspired. He killed it in that role.
MCott - 4/3/2014, 2:54 PM
@SauronsBANE1 I'm kinda with you on that.I predict that Desolation of Smaug is gonna be my least favorite in the entire trilogy. But there are some good things in it. Personally, my favorite part of entire movie was the subplot involving Gandalf and the Necromancer at Dol Guldur.
JillyMcBeam - 4/3/2014, 3:00 PM
Smaug took a giant shit on this franchise. I mean they are decent, if that's the right word here, but not as good as anyone was hoping for.
JerBear - 4/3/2014, 3:00 PM
"That probably best sums the Hobbit Trilogy so far, IMO. Forgettable."

Are you serious? I'll never forget seeing that magnificent fire breathing beast soaring through the sky covered in molten gold. As a reader of The Hobbit, this movie exceeded my expectations, while the first one was very good, but nothing special.
Scarilian - 4/3/2014, 3:12 PM

"I'll never forget seeing that magnificent fire breathing beast soaring through the sky covered in molten gold"

That's the cliff-hanger... and it was on screen for less than 20 seconds. If that's the most you remember or the highlight you chose to mention then I agree with SauronsBANE1 - the Hobbit trilogy has been forgetful with things being stretched out a lot longer than necessary considering they originally planned to fit it into one movie, then two and now three... based on a book that barely had 320 pages.
Scarilian - 4/3/2014, 3:17 PM
I mean - sure you'll probably marathon the trilogy as with others - but it'll end up where most people only watch the final film as it'll include the best scenes with Smaug, The Necromancer and the Battle of the five armies apparently... I mean - why watch the rest of the series which has been overall forgettable?
Facade - 4/3/2014, 3:17 PM
Loved the way Lake-Town looked!
JerBear - 4/3/2014, 3:31 PM
That scene was the icing on the cake. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
JerBear - 4/3/2014, 3:33 PM
I could go on and on giving you examples of why this movie was amazing (And why the last one was good), but I don't want to waste my time on people who's minds won't be changed either way.
wookiefit - 4/3/2014, 3:40 PM
My wife and I hated the 1st one. 40 minutes of singing in the kitchen and dinner table.
JerBear - 4/3/2014, 4:21 PM
Straight out of the book.
MCott - 4/3/2014, 6:08 PM
The love triangle was stupid. I understand that Legolas is Thranduil's son, but did he really need so much screen time?

Smaug and Gandalf vs. the Necromancer were my favorite parts of this movie.
cimmerian - 4/3/2014, 6:31 PM
That is very impressive!
datNAMEtho - 4/4/2014, 3:21 AM
Lake-Town looked stunning!!

Now I hope they burn down those large building for real! Besides real water, nothing looks better in HFR than real fire!!!
REPOMAN - 4/4/2014, 5:50 AM

There wasn't much that was stretched in The Desolation of Smaug; there's drama and story added but it didn't feel too much like padding because it's sufficiently dramatic, and the pacing of the film is so good that it doesn't feel like 2 1/2 hours.

'An Unexpected Journey' is the film that suffers from padding and pacing problems (mostly in the second half) much like 'Fellowship of the Ring'.

Eol - 4/4/2014, 11:03 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and cannot wait for the DVD/Blu-ray release. The movie did not feel padded at all except at the end with the furnace scene. That was my only gripe with this film. Overall, I was more entertained by this one than An Unexpected Journey. However, for some reason with both films so far I have actually been more engaged in the first hour and a half than the last.

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