Thread: Forget actors........
I personally think the film lends itself perfectly to a 'Dark Crystal' treatment,
wonderful puppetry, sets, top class voice overs, and a warmth and feeling that is more akin to the book and it's intended audience.
I like the LOTR films, but i think they've missed a trick here.
Also, I think some of the epic battle scenes would have been a bit hard to pull off with puppets.
The thing I just can't imagine is Smaug as a puppet and not looking ridiculously cheesy. I understand that many children are clinged to this book and are probably looking forward to the movie as well... but... what child [i:1tgznbfq]doesn't[/i:1tgznbfq] like to see the eye candy that is graphically animated fire burning down Laketown to rubble?
Perhaps that's just me, but anways. I think the cheesy comics and the previous cartoon movie of the Hobbit could suffice to the children, I believe they should and will bring out something for the Tolkien-Lovers.