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Desc:Just straight-up interviewing a dragon.
Category:Classic TV Clips
Tags:colbert, the colbert report, the hobbit, Smaug
Submitted:Kabbage
Date:12/12/14
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themilkshark
Colbert
infinite zest
Hehe. I was at a bar last night and saw this on mute with closed captioning and thought I was tripping. Loses a star for the "stand your ground" joke though. I get it, but it's just not funny. I think the audience feels the same way.
Kid Fenris
Very cute, though he's no Richard Boone.

Did any parts of Tolkien give dragons much depth? From what I recall, they just wrecked shit and got slain.
infinite zest
That's kind of my problem with the movies. LotR could've been even longer. Even the extended versions leave out a lot of what I remembered. But with the Hobbit, Jackson and the gang are just putting stuff in that was never there. I hate to be one of those people, but The Hobbit was the first book I ever read for a book report. Kids will probably see the movies before they read the books, and they'll be disappointed, because what they remembered from the movie wasn't in the book!

StanleyPain
In the Hobbit, Smaug is kind of a big, brawny retard who is just a bully. This was my issue with the movie really was that they portrayed Smaug as this clever, razor-sharp, Blofeld wit or something whose malice was because he was mustache-twirlingly, world-ending evil, rather than that he was just a brute asshole.

infinite zest
The body of a Dragon and the wit of Sherlock Holmes he is.. oh wait. Where's Watson? Oh. Fuck. Me.

Old_Zircon
The Hobbit was pretty much unwatchable, I made it about 40 minutes out of respect for my roommates, but god damn.


Peter Jackson lost me somewhere near the middle of the second LotR movie.

infinite zest
I guess there's nothing wrong with making something big out of something small: that's what they did with Star Wars. I didn't really care about what the Stormtroopers were made of, but I found out anyway, and wasn't able to stay awake through that whole movie. The Hobbit series doesn't really change anything, but reading the book after seeing the movie feels like reading Cliffsnotes.

Also, I like Martin Freeman, but he's not right for Bilbo at all, at least not how I imagined him. Maybe around Hitchhikers Guide or the Office, where he was a little chubbier and dorkier. Somebody like Nick Frost would've been a much better choice. And then the CGI, which somehow looks even more CGI-ish than the Mr. Smith fight scene from Matrix Reloaded a decade earlier, not to mention the original LotRs. If nothing else, I liked LotR because of the natural New Zealand scenery. And sure, Gollum's not real, but, like my little CGI rant in the Mad Max trailer, he was one of the examples of CGI being a good thing.

I dunno.. I'll probably get dragged to the third one by my parents just like I did last year, and I'll probably fall asleep again.

cognitivedissonance
There's actually a very interesting bit in the Lost Tales that Christopher Tolkien compiled where the orcs built giant dragon shaped machines and attacked at night to terrify the dwarves into surrender.

Ancalagon the Black was a dragon that makes Smaug look tiny and insignificant, blowing up mountains and shit. He was killed by elves IN A FLYING BOAT.

Don't go into the Lost Tales.

Just don't.

You don't want to know.

Old_Zircon
Why is Colbert interviewing a fictional dragon when there are so many real, live dragons on the Internet?
EvilHomer
If he introduced "Smaug" and then out came some obese, wolf-shirt wearing Otherkin, this would get all my stars forever.

boner
smug vs. smaug
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