The Hobbit audience is a matter for scientific research, at least according to Ryerson University in Canada. Styling itself as,
“Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education…”
researchers at the university wish to record responses from anyone that has watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
This is part of a serious piece of on-going research and readers might recall, or have even participated in, the original survey which was begun around October / November, 2012. The invitation from Ryerson was open, directed Internationally and clearly aimed at anyone with a viewpoint:
“In this survey we are keen to hear people’s thoughts, expectations and hopes relating to The Hobbit prior to its international release. We’d like to hear from people with all kinds of views, including the many fans of The Lord of the Rings movies, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, and Peter Jackson. And that means we would like to hear from you.”
At the-hobbit-movie.com we are completely unable to comment on the research questions; however, if it is of any use at all to the researchers at Ryerson we can say that, according to the current poll on our site people have returned to the movie over and over again in the short time it has been on release! Click the ‘View Results‘ link over to your right of screen to see the current status of our admittedly unscientific survey, (the poll was put up on Jan 25th).
A staggering 17% of respondents, as of this post, have now seen the film four times or more; 68% have seen it more than once. Based upon these initial findings we believe we can now safely hypothesise that many people in the world are interested in the Hobbit movies. Our research question would probably be: what on Earth has everyone been doing with their time this past month. OK, we realise that this is a pointless question, since the answer is obviously: spending it wisely.
In any case, less of our pathetic attempts at science and stuff. If you wish to help Ryerson in their quest, get over to the sign up page here.