‘The Hobbit’ stars cameo in new Air New Zealand safety video

Oct. 23, 2014 | 7:25 a.m.

A new safety video from Air New Zealand once again features a host of stars from “The Hobbit” films, including Frodo Baggins actor Elijah Wood and director Peter Jackson, in a tribute to Middle-earth.

Titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” the video instructs passengers including dwarves, orcs and elves in the proper use of seat belts, oxygen masks and life jackets. The video was released online Wednesday and is being rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet.

The safety video — the airline’s second “Hobbit”-themed video after 2012’s “An Unexpected Briefing” — comes ahead of the final film in Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opens Dec. 17.

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The video begins with two “Hobbit” fans rushing through the Wellington Airport, pausing to take a picture with the airport’s enormous Gollum sculpture, and finally boarding the plane, only to discover “The Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood across the aisle.

Later, Fili the dwarf actor Dean O’Gorman fastens his seat belt while riding a horse; Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) instructs passengers in the use of oxygen masks; an elf-eared flight attended offers a shrunken Elijah Wood a halfling-sized life jacket; and Peter Jackson warns against electronic devices.

The video also features a One Ring-provoked bungee jump from New Zealand’s famous Kawarau Bridge, a Gandalf-like wizard riding an eagle, Weta Workshop cofounder Richard Taylor as a halfling seated beside an orc, Bilbo Baggins’ sword Sting, and armies of orcs, elves and dwarves marching to war, though we suspect the war scenes in “The Battle of the Five Armies” will have more casualties and fewer hugs.

The project was directed by Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi (who appears as a wizard in the video) and was filmed over six days across several Middle-earth locations in New Zealand, including Hobbiton and Central Otago. Weta Workshop supplied costumes and prosthetics, and Weta Digital created the visual effects.

Check out the video and gallery above and let us know if we missed any cameos.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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One Response to ‘The Hobbit’ stars cameo in new Air New Zealand safety video

  1. John says:

    I'm not even that big of a Hobbit fan, but what a fun preflight video! I wonder how much this cost the airline.

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