Hearthstone's Hearth and Home Trailer is a Musicfest for Newbies

Players know all about the game, but this new little song and dance is aimed at new players curious about what to expect.

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In another example of just how good Blizzard's animation department is, the company has released a new animated short for Hearthstone called Hearth and Home, designed to entice new players to check out the game. While Blizzard is phenomenal at animation, this video shows it has a pretty entertaining musical side as well.

The trailer opens with a lost girl named Ava wandering in a blizzard (get it?). Sarge, a mouse decked out in a kerchief no less, finds her and offers her a magical box, emblazoned with the Hearthstone logo. As she touches it, she is teleported to the Tavern, where all of Azeroth's denizens gather for a bit of card play, and apparently some music as well.

The ensuing song and dance number is worthy of Pixar and Disney, with a catchy beat and some entertaining characters, including a guy that seems to take a few cues from Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

“With Hearth and Home, our new animated short, we aimed to capture the wonder and magic of Hearthstone—in the Tavern’s welcoming interior, in its colorful patrons, and of course in their catchy song,” Lydia Bottegoni, Blizzard's senior vice president of story & franchise development, said in a release. “We’re looking forward to sharing more tales from the Hearthstone Tavern featuring Ava and her friends in the months ahead.”

The almost six-minute video was unveiled at Gamescom, and again raises the question: Why the heck has Blizzard not released a full length movie around any of its games? It had its opportunity with Warcraft, but gave us live action mixed with CGI. Wake up Blizzard! This needs to happen soon.

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    August 23, 2017 11:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Hearthstone's Hearth and Home Trailer is a Musicfest for Newbies

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      August 23, 2017 1:17 PM

      I can’t tell if that was bad on purpose or not.

      Like, it’s trying to be a “let it go” Frozen style thing but I can’t figure out if it failed on purpose or not.

      I like Hearthstone a lot but this video was pure cringe to me. I’m probably just not the target audience.

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        August 23, 2017 3:49 PM

        The CGI is on point, per Blizzard usual, but the singing performances are definitely not top-level.

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        August 23, 2017 4:23 PM

        I think the singing was intentionally bad tavern folk. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but finding someone who can sing is pretty damn easy.

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      August 23, 2017 3:56 PM

      This is an evil game to market toward kids given how pricey it is.

      And I imagine the average hearthstone player is in the 16-24 demographic. They watch raynad's stream and want to reproduce it at home.

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      August 23, 2017 4:10 PM

      I really hate the animation on this one. It is like Over the Hedge level Dreamworks.

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