Vera Rants: Giant Pop-up Book in Hollywood Promotes Hobbit’s New Zealand 2

Book of New Zealand

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Book of New Zealand

Beautiful Pelorus River in Marlborough where the Forest River dwarves in barrels scene was filmed.

Oh, give me a break. I absolutely love New Zealand — the real New Zealand, not Hobbit’s New Zealand, the home of misshapen little characters with furry toes. The Hobbit movies are popular and spectacular — thanks to the truly spectacular REAL New Zealand.  But the flaks have decided that what Hollywood needs is a bit more fantasy.

So to promote the newest Hobbit’s New Zealand movie, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” they’ve moved New Zealand to Hollywood.

But that’s not enough. Nope, they’ve now built a gigantic pop-up book that represents the New Zealand scenes filmed in The Hobbit movies. The Hobbit’s New Zealand is Disneyfied New Zealand. Available only this week — five days starting Monday. But the only public tour is on Wednesday, December 4.

If you can’t get to New Zealand in person to see how gorgeous it is, then watch a DVD tour of it, but for heaven’s sake—not a Pop-Up-Book.

That’s just wrong. New Zealand deserves better. Click the photos below for larger views and sharing options.

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An enormous amount of talent and skill and hard work went into this tacky endeavor. And they point proudly in the video below the photos.

If you absolutely MUST see the pop-up book, you can find the 50-foot high pop-up book about the Hobbit’s New Zealand on the grounds of the Beverly Hotel in Hollywood.

The whole cast:

Book of New Zealand

The cast of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on the pop-up The Book of New Zealand – Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Dean O’Gorman (left to right).

About Vera Marie Badertscher

Vera Marie Badertscher first went to the movies at the Duncan Theater in Killbuck, Ohio, when her grandmother was selling tickets. Now she watches Netflix and TV movie channels more often than movies in theaters, but she loves to rediscover old favorites. When she's not at the movies, she's reading and traveling and writing at A Traveler's Library and Ancestors In Aprons. Follow her on Twitter at @pen4hire.

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