Well, it’s finally here: the trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of his three-part adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  And, after viewing the trailer, it our response is, well, mixed.

First off, the trailer showcases something of a lighter, sillier touch than the more serious Lord of the Rings trilogy.  We’ve got giants tossing dwarves and hobbits around, lots of physical humor, a slightly less ominous Gollum than we’ve seen before, and lots and lots of short people walking around, just like the last three films.

As Cinema Blend notes, the villainous Smaug the dragon is nowhere to be seen, but we do get glimpses at an entirely new group of characters for the film serious, including the wizard Radagast the Brown.

On the downside, the (perhaps unfinished?) CGI leaves a lot to be desired, often looking cartoonishly depthless and fake.  Are we missing something—is this look intentional?  Check it out:

So how did that trailer treat you?  If you’d like to tweak it, make sure and hit The Hobbit official site, where you can select one of four different endings for the trailer, and tailor it to your liking.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for a December 14, 2012 release.  The sequels will come out over the next two years, with The Desolation of Smaug hitting theaters on December 13, 2013 and There and Back Again coming our way on July 18, 2014.

What do you think of the trailer?