The Hobbit Movies In Order
The Hobbit is a movie trilogy that acts as a prequel to the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy. It takes place 60 years before “The Fellowship of the Ring”, and serves the purpose of filling in details that previously went unexplained. It explains certain aspects of both the book and movie that were previously left up to the imagination of the viewer. This movie series, like LOTR, was wildly successful and earned just shy of two billion dollars between the first two films. If all goes well, the third movie coming out in December is on par to set a box office record for highest grossing trilogy. Combined, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are arguably the best movie sagas ever told. With over 16 hours of movie time, this story is sure to impress even the most critical of fans.
It’s not really that cut and dry when deciding what the proper Hobbit movie order is. There would be two obvious ways to watch the series, chronologically, or by release date. Since the Hobbit acts as a prequel to Lord of the Rings, you could watch it before actually watching LOTR. This is the order I prefer to watch it in. The Hobbit fills in details that you should probably know before jumping into LOTR. However, if you’ve already seen LOTR, it’s obviously not a big deal to watch The Hobbit last. That’s how they were released, and that’s technically how they were meant to be watched.
One of the unique things about The Hobbit is that it was released using 48 FPS compared to the industry standard at the time which was 24 FPS. This made the characters seem “hyper real” and almost gave it a made for TV movie feel to it. Initially, critics responded negatively to the new standard, but fans overwhelmingly disagreed. In fact, the series ranked highly on both IMDB as well as Rotten Tomatoes. The first movie in the series garnished an 8.0 on IMDB, while receiving a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. Subsequent releases scored just as high, and in some cases even higher.
The amount of technology that went into the making of this series was highly impressive. The entire series was filmed using 3D technology to give fans the ultimate experience. There was a specially designed rig that held two cameras and a mirror in order to mimic human eye sight. This gave the film the true depth perception that a 3D movie should have. Along with the 3D technology, many of the characters in this series had completely computer generated faces. In LOTR, they used hours of makeup artists and special effects to achieve this. However, the makers of The Hobbit wanted to use futuristic animation styles, to give fans the ultimate experience. Originally they wanted to use animation for entire characters, but that was later reconsidered.
Combined with a truly epic story line, and a fantastic implementation of modern technology, The Hobbit and LOTR combined are considered by many to be the best movie saga ever. This 16 hour tale will keep you on the edge of your seat, warm your heart, and woo you with amazing technology. Whether you’re a child, adult, man, or woman, The Hobbit has something for you. For this reason, it’s certain that we’ll be talking about these movies for a long time to come.