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When you’re making the last film in a series based on some of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time, it’s only natural that your fans wait with baited breath for any glimpse of the final product. Often this glimpse takes the form of a proper trailer that we can then watch on a loop or even examine frame by frame as we wait for the film’s release.

Sometimes the full trailer isn’t ready yet, or a studio just wants to stoke the fires of anticipation with a teaser.

And sometimes, as in the case with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the director will actually hype the release of both the film’s teaser and trailer.

Last week, Peter Jackson took to Facebook to promote the release of his friends’ new book. The comments filled up quickly with questions about the trailer for The Hobbit. This week, Jackson thanked his fans for supporting the book and also gave some insight as to when we can expect the teaser and trailer for The Hobbit.

On the subject of the trailer, Jackson offered:

Like the previous two years, it’s not going to be released until around Oct. The complex VFX work required to produce the battle shots we’re all wanting to see are simply not far enough along yet.

As for the teaser, Jackson says he delivered the finished teaser to Warner Bros. on July 2 and that it should “be making it’s way into the world sometime soon.”

I find it interesting that VFX are holding up a full trailer reveal. Particular coming off some recent comments from Viggo Mortensen who criticized Jackson for becoming a bit too reliant on special effects and that hampered the LOTR trilogy in the long run.

Here’s the main quote that’s ruffled some feathers:

Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier. The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects. It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10.

Has the cinematic world of Middle Earth lost some of that magic while gaining only more special effects? Has the overuse of CG effected your enjoyment of the movies?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on December 17, 2014.

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