New negative news about The Hobbit is bugging me. I hate reading this. Absolutely ridiculous & totally preventable. Apparently the New Zealand terrain is pretty treacherous, so I only wish they’d realized that before housing animals there. I appreciate the fact that safety recommendations have now been met. Also, that they are being so forthcoming with the details. It certainly makes me question how many animals died during the other films. . .this bums me out. Boo, I say! However, I do like the sound of this article, where Peter Jackson is standing up…read here. I love this book and have to see the movie. Zak’s mom, Mrs. Bolender read it aloud to me in 7th or 8th grade English class at Centennial Junior High…it was freaking awesome. I absolutely love Tolkien’s books, these movies and Peter Jackson. I will have to continue to see them. Just had to vent.
In the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo Baggins encounters myriad dangers. But no one expected the animals that appeared in the $500 million trilogy to do the same in real life.
According to a report by the Associated Press, animal wranglers hired to oversee some 150 animals used in the films say 27 of them died because they were housed on a treacherous farm full of “death traps,” including bluffs, sinkholes and jagged fencing. The dead include a miniature pony called Rainbow, hired as a hobbit horse, who crashed off a bank on the farm and broke his back. When the wrangler found him in the morning, he was still alive, and later had to be euthanized.
The other dead animals include a horse named Claire (found with her head in a stream after toppling off a bluff), six goats, six sheep and a dozen…
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