Part Hobbit, part T-800, 100 percent badass. Frodo wishes he were anywhere this awesome. Of course, he never had a shotgun either. This new video imagines a hobbit that doesn’t need wizards, elves, dwarves, humans, or any of the other members of the Fellowship to keep an eye on him; he’s got his own back. The Hob-bot kind of made my day. Check it out for yourself.
The Hob-bot is a fun take on the diminutive Shire dwellers. A couple of particularly nasty-looking Orcs come tearing after the protagonist of our short film. They probably think they’re in for an easy time, that they’ll just hack up this little guy, eat him or whatever Orcs do, then go on about their business. Boy, are they in for a shock. Instead of being an easy target, a willing victim, this hobbit has one hell of a mean streak, and proceeds to whoop some Orc ass.
This clever synthesis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s peace-loving hobbits and James Cameron’s futuristic killing machines comes from the folks at Lumberjack Films, the duo of Patrick Willems and Max Rouzier. You may have stumbled across these purveyors of nerdy internet videos with shorts like How to Prepare for a Job Interview, where a Star Wars fan uses John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” to get psyched for a job interview.