in connection with the "Hobbitception" series of videos
In June 2013, two TORn Staff members, Kellie & Alex (aka 'Kili' & 'Fili', the producers and hosts of the TORn "Happy Hobbit" feature series) made and uploaded a video of their first reactions to "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer. After the video was promoted by Peter Jackson and "The Hobbit" movie's official blog, Jackson made a video response of three "Hobbit" cast members watching the "Happy Hobbit" duo. In turn, the "Happy Hobbit" duo again recorded themselves watching the cast reaction.
The similarity of the increasingly layered videos to the dream-within-dream film "Inception" prompted the term "Hobbitception" (alternately spelled with a dash: Hobbit-ception).
Posts and Tweets about Happy Hobbit's first reaction video
- The Hobbit Blog - The official blog of THE HOBBIT movies: Elves watching fans watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug teaser trailerKatie Jackson (daughter of Peter Jackson) Tweet: So this happened...Peter Jackson Facebook Post: This is pretty cute - a video of two fans watching the live release of our new trailer. Check it out!Steven Hunter Tweet: This is why I LOVE Tolkien fans!! #thehobbit Happy Hobbit Reacts to Desolation of Smaug Trailer: (link) via @youtubeWeta Workshop Facebook Post: Check out this fan reaction from Happy Hobbit (a.k.k. Kili and Fili) when watching the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the first time.
Posts and Tweets about "The Hobbit" cast's reaction video
- The Hobbit Blog - The official blog of THE HOBBIT movies: Happy Hobbits respond to Elves watching their response to Hobbit trailerPeter Jackson Facebook Post: "And here's what I guess you'd call a sequel to that fan video."Weta Workshop Facebook Post: Here's what Peter Jackson refers to as "Part 2" of the fan video we posted earlier today. Wonder if Peter was at all involved in this sequel... :-)
Other reactions by cast or crew
- 2013 San Diego Comic-Con: Evangaline Lilly meets "Happy Hobbit" duo - "The Happy Hobbits Kili and Fili met the lovely Evangeline Lilly while working at San Diego Comic-Con which, in many ways, brings Hobbitception to a close!" (July 2013)Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Orlando Bloom Appreciates a Good Playlist (2:30-3:30) - On September 17, 2013 while appearing on the late night U.S. television show, Orlando discussed "Happy Hobbit's" trailer reaction video and the cast's response video with host, Jimmy Fallon, during which a short segment of the video was shown.Orlando: We were on set when they released the first trailer for the second movie and there was these two girls... Pete found these two girls, there was a response online, and these two girls went absolutely ballistic. (Jimmy interjects, "Watching the trailer?") Watching the trailer. Pete goes, "Let's do a response. Let's do a response." So they filmed us responding to these girls responding to the trailer of the movie! It was kind of genius. (17 seconds of the "Happy Hobbit's" first video was shown after which a few short comments were made.)The Battle of the Five Armies Hollywood Premiere: Happy Hobbit: BOTFA Premiere (15:35-15:56) - On December 9, 2014 the Happy Hobbit duo, Kili and Fili, interviewed the cast and crew of The Battle of the Five Armies. At one point, they met Peter Jackson and he said, "I know who you are. I remember filming that little video thing we did." At this moment, Orlando Bloom walked by and Jackson brought him into the conversation saying, "These were the two girls that we filmed... with you guys reacting" at which point Bloom realizes who they are and says, "That amazing!... I'm going to pee. (quoting one of the lines from the reaction video). I think I'm going to pee, too. (he said with a smile to them)"