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Hobbit OK for Children But a Bit Scary, Cate Blanchett Says

Nov 28, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a great film for children but they might want to cover their eyes for some of the more scary scenes, Australian actress Cate Blanchett said Wednesday.

Blanchett, who plays the elf queen Galadriel, said before Wednesday's world premiere in Wellington that she had taken her three sons, ages 4, 8 and 10, onto the set and was comfortable with it being a film to show to children.

But it was up to parents to decide if they thought their own children would be able to cope with it, she said.

Three Hobbit films based on JRR Tolkien's book are planned. They serve as a prequel to the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which Blanchett also starred as Galadriel.

She described The Hobbbit book as a heart-warming tale and, like Grimm's fairytales - which have their share of scary situations and violence - wonderful to read to youngsters.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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