This was taken with my phone and although a good phone it doesn't do too well in dark rooms while taking video. For those who saw my visualization of Smaug, I'm happy to report that I was correct on knowing what Smaug looks like YAY Here you can compare my drawing with the pictures and see that he is a wyvern and VERY beautiful.
For those who were hoping that Smaug would be a four legged dragon? very sorry, but don't worry. Dragon, wyvern doesn't matter, he is still a great fire breather on screen, and I'm very critical when it comes to accuracy in games and films. You will be pleased on how they made him. Also he sounds a little different than in the trailers, but still very good.
(but seriously this is cool.)
However, I was more then disappointed, that Smaug is a Wyvern. I know, there were a lot of signs, BUT there were still a lot lies they told us.
Why is he a Wyvern, when he was a Dragon in the first movie? Sure they changed some scenes in the Extended Edition, but there are still a lot, that are making no sense now.
For example grabbing the entrance, how he is suppose to do THAT as a Wyvern, with his hind leg? (I would love to see that, I've to admit)
Now about the lies, well on the movie posters you could clearly see a four-legged-dragon (The Smoke of Gandalf). On Thorin's Map you can see a four-legged-dragon and Weta (plus other shops) are selling pins and necklaces with four-legged-dragons and sometimes even call them Smaug!
He was the greatest Wyvern, I've seen in all my life, no doubt. However, I do not like how they handled it. Not to mention, that EVERY live-action-movie has Wyvern nowadays.
It would've been a pleasure to see a four-legged-dragon after all these movies, especially Smaug. Peter and Weta even described him as godfather of the modern dragons, more the godfather of modern Wyvern now.
No offense, this is of course just my opinion.
I mean I felt totally in love with Smaug, but I agree with you here. Smaug should be a four-leged dragon and no wyvern.
He even was a four-legged-Dragon in the first movie and to change it after one year is just nonsense. Not to mention, that some or even many people will never own the Extended Edition.
Smaug IS awesome, but it's a big movie mistake that they made two versions for the same character in the same trilogy.
Smaug was drawn by Tolkien himself as a four-legged-dragon, on his map, which was used in the movie, he is also a four-legged-dragon
and most important, he WAS a four-legged-dragon in the first movie. They only changed it in the Extended Edition.
So I'm not complaining about the Wyvern!Smaug, but how they handled him. Seeing four-legged-dragons on posters, merchandise and in the first movie makes you think that you can expect on in the second movie aswell.
~While drawing the map. "Eh...Do you remember if Smaug had forelegs?" "I'm not sure...Just draw him some, nobody will check it."
Haha! No offense. It just was so tempting~
Still, some scenes in the first movie doesn't make sense anymore, it just feels weird.
Well well, can't change it...
Just uploaded the video version on Tumblr. Now you can hear him speak and watch him move. It is very dark and quality is bad,but in the movies you can see everything.