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Del Toro Happy To See “The Hobbit” In The Right Hands

Photo: Jay Clendenin, Los Angeles Times

Earlier this week, Hero Complex sat down with director Guillermo del Toro to talk about his recent involvement with DreamWorks and his reaction to “The Hobbit” trailer.

Del Toro, who worked on “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots” talked about breaking traditional barriers in film. “As you know I’m a big believer in transmedia,” he said. “This sort of permeable membrane between digital and animated filmmaking and live-action filmmaking needs to become this blurry for miracles to occur in genre films – I’m talking about big, audience-oriented films.”

Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films certainly helped to blur the line between animation and live-action, particularly with the motion-capture performance of Andy Serkis as Gollum. And though del Toro was once slated to direct “The Hobbit” films, he had no mixed feelings when he saw Jackson’s first trailer.

“I’m very happy the movie is in the right hands and I’m very happy to see — I’m actually elated to see images. I think it’s great to see the trailer.” He goes on to mention, “Think about it, I’m so fully immersed now in ‘Pacific Rim.’ I’m 47 and I never in my life have had as good an experience making a movie as ‘Pacific Rim’ has been. It’s been a joy every morning from every point of view and I cannot tell you how much I’m enjoying it because I have nothing to compare it to.”

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