Regarding The Hobbit
"To me, Smaug is the perfect example of a great creature defined by its look and design, yes, but also, very importantly, by his movement and -One little hint- its environment - Think about it... the way he is scaled, moves and is lit, limited or enhanced by his location, weather conditions, light conditions, time of the year, etc. That's all I can say without spoilers but, if you keep this curious little summary you'll realize several years form now that those things I had in my mind ever since doodling the character as a kid had solidified waaay before starting the shoot of the film."
There's also a brief discussion of voices, and the names don't mean much to me, but for my money, Smaug will always be the voice in the Rankin Bass production (I have the soundtrack on LP because it has never been released on CD, probably for the same reasons it took so long to get this film going).
Let's just see if I remember to come back to this entry once the movie is done!