All 6 angry alpha nerds went to see the Boxing Day release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and yesterday also went to go and see the new Disney movie, Frozen.
Since I didn’t get to say much about it at the time, due to standard cinema etiquette and a challenge from marsy that I couldn’t make it through the whole film without saying something about the horses, I’ll now take the time to do so!
(Also, I failed that challenge. Whatever.)
1. The Hobbit: Gypsy Vanner horses!
This is one of the fabulous mares who featured in the party riding to Mirkwood scenes. Just for the record, I consider horses like Sugar (from the Royal Gypsy stud in New Zealand) to be pretty damn close to hairy perfection. Only issue I had with the film is that they didn’t get much screen time, and were CGI’d to less-hairy oblivion in some of the clips. Much disappointment. But still, the moment the big screen filled with Gypsy Vanners was a great one!
2. Frozen: Fjord ponies!
One of the characters rides a Fjord pony, based on a real horse named Prisco. Here he is in a dressage competition:
Now here he is in the movie:
Apparently Prisco’s owner didn’t know that her photo had been used as the reference picture for the film, at least, not until she was coincidentally at Disney Land and saw one of the design development boards on display at the Production Gallery room inside “The Magic of Disney Animation”. That’s one way to get your horse famous, I guess?
In short, both films were awesome and are very recommended. Even more so for their dedication to massively fuzzy horses who don’t usually get so much screen time.