Nov 23 2008, 6:03pm
Sohaib talks to Hobbit Illustrator Michael Hague about The Hobbit films.
This week on Fictional Frontiers Sohaib talked to Michael Hague who is one of the illustrators of Tolkienís The Hobbit.
I thought it was really lovely interview. Below is the partial transcript, the bit regarding the Hobbit ...
Some of Michaels art work for the Hobbit below.
But some of my questions that have come out of this interview ..
Is Mike Mignola going to be one of the conceptual artists that Guillermo mentioned he would like to hire from the animation style illustrators?
Why do you think, with such a seemed willingness to work on the Hobbit, that Michael Hague is not involved?
Talk about your work on The Hobbit, and also what inspired you to work on so many classic Childrenís works. Because obviously Aesopís Fables, the Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Mother Goose Ė I mean, it seems that you really have a love for works that really touch the hearts of Children. Was that something that you sort of sought out to do, or was it just something that you fell into Ė because you know some people have a proclivity for that?
It was something that I actually fell into, I mean, I would love to do anything, but the Wind in the Willows was the first big book of mine, and it was a huge hit. The way an actor might get typecast, I think I got typecast as somebody that did classics. Um, I donít regret it, I had fun doing it, so ... but thatís how I really fell into it. I didnít say I wanted to do (?) just classics.
As Iíve mentioned youíve worked on, youíve done illustration work for The Hobbit. Iím sure youíre aware that theyíre actually going to be producing new Hobbit films prequels to the Lord of the Rings series Ė Peter Jackson should be working with Guillermo del Toro. And I talked to Mike Mignola, who actually was the illustrator creator of Hellboy, he said he wanted to work on the Hobbit films if at all possible Ė I donít know if theyíre gonna allow that to happen because not only have John Howe and Alan Lee done such an amazing job and as I say too many cooks spoil the broth Ė but have they approached you and would you be interested in working on the Hobbit films?
Oh sure Iíd be interested! But no, I havenít been approached Ė donít expect to be approached Ė [good humoured]. [Sohaib laughs]. Iím just excited as a filmgoer to watch these films when they come out. Iím jazzed by it!
What did you think about the Ė because obviously your work on The Hobbit came quite a long time before the films reached the big screen, as far of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is concerned Ė What was your take on Peter Jacksons vision of Tolkienís seminal work.
It thought it was terrific. I loved everything about it, Thatís why Iím thrilled about the Hobbit. The two of them together Ė hopefully theyíll get the same artist to work on it. So, Iím jazzed about it! [laughs]
A couple of weeks ago we actually spoke to Howard Shore, and heís actually already started working on the score for the Hobbit, so at least we know a lot of the team is coming back, and obviously the score is such a integral part of the film making process. Given that youíve done such work, and incredible work on The Hobbit Ė as an artist, how much of a thrill is it to see I guess, a different representation of a work that youíve actually worked on the Silver Screen, or be it maybe (in) comic form or on the small screen?
As you said, I did the book The Hobbit early in my career and if I were to do it again it would be quite different. I do remember being rushed on it, one of the things you canít quite go back and re-do, I guess. But Iím just thrilled to see new versions. Especially as I just loved the movie Ė Iím such a fan of it.
The reason I bring this up is al lot of our visitors are visitors to theonering.net fan website and we do a bi-monthly segment with them so, for them the Lord of the Rings is the series Ė we always have a lot of Star Wars fans as well. It seems that youíre now youíre involved in some capacity in the film industry yourself ..
transcript by Elven
Tolkien was a Capricorn!!
Russell Crowe for Beorn!!
Avatar: Liberace - The other Lord of the Rings.
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(This post was edited by Altaira on Nov 23 2008, 8:22pm)