1 December 2012 5:11 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's only a brief glimpse at the very beginning and screen captures don't really do much to show you anything extra, but the opening seconds of this new TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14) offer up your first look at the dragon Smaug, which will be voiced and performed as a motion capture character by Benedict Cumberbatch. Back in October, Cumberbatch told Total Film, "I think my eye will open at the end of the first film and then you'll get the rest of me in the second," but this clip seems to suggest we may get a bit more than that. As far as the motion-capture aspect of the performance, Cumberbatch added, "You just have to lose your s--t on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building... It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. »

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