Podcast: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and Antz (1998)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson.
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In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the difficult journey back to Middle Earth, and the first animated film from DreamWorks.

Following the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, it seemed straightforward that at some point, The Hobbit would make it back to the screen. But the path there would prove far more difficult than originally thought, thanks to legal issues, financial issues, and a late change of director.

With Antz, the first animated film from DreamWorks had a lot of pathfinding to get through just to get made – and then its release date was moved forward, meaning it was a race against time to get the film completed, before Pixar’s A Bug’s Life stole its thunder.

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