Hobbit Movies Entertainment App Review (iOS, Free)


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Seller: Warner Bros. Entertainment

All-new app update featuring "Become an Elf" from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," now playing in theaters.

Version 1.8 Update: added additional language support.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
2 Ratings
All Versions:
480 Ratings


Become an Elf: customize your ears, hair, clothes and even wear the crown of Thranduil to become one of the Elves from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Once your transformation is complete, share your image on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. In theaters December 13.

Customer Reviews

  • Funny

    by Hobbiy9

    Very funny app

  • Junk Ap

    by twink2005

    My kids were all excited to get to see what a Hobbit hole looked like and all the other features the previous version had, but a glitch prevented the app from opening. So we waited for an update to fix the glitch. When it comes, all the previous content is gone, and we are left with a photo app that also doesn't work. As soon as I'm done writing this review I'm deleting the app. My twin 8-year olds to whom I'm introducing the Tolkien books to were very disappointed - and so am I.

  • Doesn't work

    by Meriadoc Brandybuck!

    I thought that this app would be a good experience to look like thranduil or legolas. But, like the last review said, it doesn't work!

  • Whaaaat?

    by jashambur

    When the previous version of the app was out, it was, simply a short waste of time. Now that the second installment is out, the app only does one thing-supposedly. It affords me the opportunity to "turn myself into an elf." This might be fun, if it actually works. But it doesn't . I can take my picture, but it doesn't allow me to apply the ears, the hair, the outfits. If the controls had some explanation as to how to use them, I'd appreciate it, otherwise, why doesn't the app at least do the things it used to do. I can't remember what those were, but they would be better than nothing, which is what this app does now. If a movie related app doesn't enhance or supplement the movie experience, then it's a waste of time and money for audience and developers alike. Don't bother with this silly non-app!

  • Hmmm...

    by Dhklvxd

    REALLY, REALLY needs IMPROVEMENT! I got this hoping that I could find something good about it, but Warner Bros, just stick to the movie production, It is horrible! Even another one star app is better than this piece of junk. DO NOT GET IT!

  • Horrible

    by Awesome Dinosaur

    Doesn't deserve the hobbit name. Shame on you

  • Bad update

    by MrSpazzles

    Why did they completely change the app? Change it backplz

  • What happened?!!!

    by BookMage

    Where did the content go? At first I thought another update would come when the movie opened...app is not earning the space it takes up! Bring back the content. I am going to dump this, pitiful.


    by BBPhoto

    If you have and like the original app, my advice is do not update! The previous version was wonderful, with 360 degree zoomable views of Bag End and other great HD images of all the principal characters, plus interactive maps of Middle Earth as well as other goodies. So when I saw this update I assumed it would just add more content from the second movie. Instead, they removed all the previous content (apparently) and overhauled the whole thing, replacing it with a really lame and gimmicky turn-yourself-into-an-elf theme. Sorry that I updated it now :(


    by daikaiju

    There are many stupid and clueless apps but this piece of crap tops the list! What was once a cool app with info on the movie is now .... frankly I'm not sure what it was supposed to be but at least it is no longer wasting space on my iPad!! Not worth wasting you time on this sh....

  • Camo person

    by 1person2person

    Not tryin to be mean but this app is a piece of crap! You can't do nothin on it except take a picture!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Waste of time

    by TropicalD

    See title

  • Embarrassing App

    by Fleurdelisfan

    I could hardly wait for the informative app to have new updates about the movies. Now it's just an extremely ugly elf photo app. Really???? How stupid! I'm deleting this garbage. Shame on the makers of this app!

  • Bait and switch

    by AchtungGuy

    Original app was a nice resource of information, this is a barely functioning photo app with no merit whatsoever.

  • Absolute garbage.

    by mgilbert42

    This app might work if you have an iPhone 5, but I certainly can't get it to do anything. The version for the first film was fantastic. This update is less than worthless.

  • One-Star perfection

    by Andy Helm

    If there was ever an app that deserved one star, it is this one. The prior version was a 5-star look at behind the scenes production of the movie. This version is TOTALLY WORTHLESS. Please let me "downgrade" to the prior version!

  • What a crapy app

    by ~Hawkeye~

    This is junk. Don't update it. I made the mistake of doing that and now have an "elf-yourself" app. What a waste! Is was a great app before. Change it!!!!!

  • What happened?

    by ellenhart

    I can not figure out to use this. It does not work!

  • Absolutely Terrible

    by NiallersGF

    The app was much better before the update. This application literally went from an amazing look at the films to a complete train wreck of a "photo booth". I really don't like it. I would prefer to see behind the scenes and pictures from the movie. I don't care about looking like an elf.

  • Nonsense

    by Njpodder

    This updated version of the app is complete nonsense. Wish the old version was back with blogs, wallpapers, and movie info. This is now nothing more than a stupid "elf yourself" buggy app that takes up too much space.

  • Awful!!!! :(

    by Reliable source19

    Lame!!!!! How do u use this thing!! Bring back the blogs!!!!!

  • What were they thinking?

    by siobhan1951

    The original app was a great source for Peter Jackson's production blogs and a few other fun things like pictures and timelines. This new app is horrible. If I had known, I never would have updated it.

  • ...why?

    by !!Eragon!!

    I really liked this app with the behind the scenes stuff and pictures but now it's a cruddy picture app that doesn't even work. Doesn't make any sense.

  • Hobbit movies app no longer opens

    by poliphemos

    Love the Hobbits movie app but, it no longer opens ever since upgrading to ios 7. Also, app never updated to view trailers for 2nd hobbit film since app was originally downloaded. Other than it's a great app. Please fix. Love the movies. The app? Not so much.

  • Lame

    by Gandalf5011

    So, Warner Brothers has removed all content from the app, and has substitute it with a mandatory take-a-pic-of-yourself-as-an-elf. The app has become useful to occupy space, and nothing else.

  • Terrible

    by zeigen

    Removed all the old content. :( New photo app is complete junk, doesn't work at all. Bring back the old info and content ASAP please.

  • Absolutely lame!

    by Kevinaut

    This is totally and completely awful. The old version (6) was really cool with the behind-the-scenes content. Now it is a glitchy photo app that is mediocre at best. Please replace it, or at least give a "downgrade" option. I gave it one star because there is no lower rating.

  • Original app was better

    by MistressOfTheDorkness

    Where'd all the content go?

  • Upsetting

    by Hobbit fan

    I used to love this app, and I was looking forward to using it once the new hobbit movie came out! But....... I saw the update, and I was not pleased! It doesn't even have the little movies on it anymore!

  • This is a bummer now...

    by Blue36:)

    This app was cool and informative. Now, it's junk. Bring back the good stuff!

  • This app has a bug

    by Westheswitchfootfan

    It doesn't work. It lets you take a photo but then does not let you do anything with it and freezes up. Does it only work with the iphone 5? Please release an update to get rid of whatever bug is preventing this app from working.

  • Depressing !!

    by Total Rec@ll

    I downloaded this app and it was an Amazing one till the update came out, really thank you Warner Bros for removing all the Good features and giving us a pointless, lame, low resolution camera app that turns us into an elf, change your developers an your creative department.

  • The Hobbit

    by Arangryth

    Horrible horrible horrible!!! NEVER should have updated. Now a silly thing where you're supposed to put elf ears, hair and some top and take a picture of yourself but it is SO lame and the old app is gone...the really cool one! Very disappointed. This is crap...and you may freely translate! I'd give NO stars if I could!

  • Shouldn't have updated. :(

    by kiwifire

    If I had known it would go from the production video blogs and movie information and other cool tidbits, I wouldn't have updated it. Such a bummer. :( The elf thing is okay, but I don't see why it had to get rid of everything else...

  • Not Good

    by Makala xD

    I miss the old app. :( And when I try and open the new app, it's says that it can't find my camera...I go to check and see if the camera working, and it is. I don't know what the problem is.

  • What??

    by Ngenfan

    Seriously, it doesn't even work, and doesn't tell you how to work it. It's frustrating! The elf me app is WAY better and they tell you how to use it, too... And the elf me app actually works!!! I'm disappointed. Thought it would be a good app.

  • A Huge Let Down

    by Andie Stocks

    I thought this would be a fun app and so I downloaded it. I took a picture and couldn't seem to get any features to work. I went to the main menu to see if there were instructions on how to use it. There were none. I was sorely disappointed in this app.

  • Lame

    by Mtbikemama

    This app was really fun and interesting. My son really loved the video blogs and Hobbiton 360. We updated his iPod as soon as the update came out and we were really disappointed. I won't update my iPad...hopefully we can still use the old app on it. I wish we could choose no stars or negative stars!

  • Uninstalled

    by Rod holmes

    All of the older features deleted to make way for a useless camera app. Thx for nothing!

  • This stinks

    by Rabbids 2001

    Why when we want a update we want more video blogs not this junk, change it back. You could have just made another apps you already added knew characters to the movie and now this. And your my favorite director, why. This makes no sense

  • Nooo!

    by The Artful Puppet

    I want Hobbiton 360 back! The old version was just wonderful, it should have been updated more often but in the same related material and format!

  • Update. Is. STUPID.

    by Mr.Matthew14

    I have been waiting for these people to update the app to the larger screen size for forever! What have they done they have ruined this app! If they were to bring back all of the old features I would give it a five star review. Warner brothers, BRING BACK THE OLD APP!!!!!

  • This app is ruined!!


    1st it kept crashing and now this update ruins the entire app. No more video blogs, trailers or anything worthwhile. All it is now is some lame become an elf. Why couldn't they have just fixed the crashing issue and kept the app the way it was. Ugh!!

  • New update is a rip off!

    by InjunJoeStyles

    You've got to be kidding me! You take a great app filled with good information about the movie series and you change it to an app to make myself look like an elf...? The app doesn't even work and has no instructions. Lame! Thanks for throwing your fans under the bus Peter.

  • Completely different app

    by Charizard4Lyfe

    Should have just made a separate app for the elf camera and left the old one alone with all it's behind the scenes content and 360 views.


    by time4bcb

    What were they thinking with the latest update to this app? It's utterly ridiculous how they can take such an excellent app that was originally created for the first Hobbit movie and turn it into an epic fail of an app. I wish I could give it a rating below zero. So disappointing... I hope the incredible shortcomings of this second iteration do not continue into their production of the Desolation of Smaug!


    by Dmaul53854 (Chase Dunnette)

    I have been waiting for months for this app to update with no production blogs and cool features, and this is it? Make myself an Elf? This is an absolute fail.

  • The update removed all the good features.

    by EDprox

    With the update the app its pointless. All the good features are gone.

  • So, is this all?

    by JFKool

    What about the film?

  • Lame

    by Mike629

    Can I not just import a photo from my camera roll?? Kinda Lame

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