Quoted from Damonator:
Yes - from the movie clips. And Ernie Hudson did the custom call outs.
The Ernie Hudson callouts for GB is a big plus for the game. While Ernie Hudson is a great actor I'm sure Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen likely cost much more to hire for voice work as they have more starring roles in recent films. I recall Jack saying that Martin Freeman wanted $100k for custom callouts! That seems crazy.
Gandalf does seem like the ideal / logical character to lead you in the game so I can see why JJP wanted callouts that sound like Ian McKellen's character. I think the voice actor they hired does a close Gandalf impression but it's too bad if the license holder is really saying his callouts sound too close to Ian McKellen...
It sounds like the licensing with The Hobbit has been a bit of a pain. I remember Jack saying that Peter Jackson himself turned down some of JP's animations and something about Smaug not being able to get hit by a pinball.
Jody Dankberg from Stern recently told PinballNews.com some interesting points about the challenges with licensing.
Jody also said using licensed themes brings its own challenges. “Having made hundreds of games we typically know what to expect but each new license presents its own ups and downs. Each licensor is unique in the way they handle creative projects and approvals.”
Update: forgot this was owners club thread, sorry! I may still get a Hobbit one day. Game looks great.