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02/12/2013

Dragon Smaug unveiled on Air New Zealand plane

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(From Hollywood Reporter) Hobbit fans in New Zealand got the first full look at the Dragon Smaug, with a life-size image unveiled Monday on the side of an Air New Zealand Boeing 737 plane before flying from Auckland, N.Z., to Los Angeles on Tuesday for the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

It’s the first time that  Smaug has been seen in its entirety. The first film in The Hobbit trilogy featured just Smaug’s eye, leaving it up to fans imagination as to how the dragon might appear.

The creation of the bespoke 54-meter-long Smaug on both sides of the plane was done for Air New Zealand by director Peter Jackson’s visual effects company Weta Digital.

Jackson said the enormous scale of the single Dragon running the entire length of the aircraft is “awe inspiring.”

“To see Smaug fly off the big screen and into the skies like this is pretty exciting. We’re proud to debut him here in New Zealand, where our team has worked so hard to bring him to life,” he said.

Air New Zealand’s’ planes were also decked out in The Hobbit livery for the release of the first film in the trilogy in 2013.

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