In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at an ambitious studio sci-fi movie, and an animated feature that came to life in very difficult circumstances.

1997’s Contact is a standout 90s blockbuster, but one that began life in the late 1970s, and nearly ended up directed by Mad Max‘s George Miller. Oh, and it annoyed the White House.

As for Captain Underpants (2017), it was a film that got through the DreamWorks Animation system at a stage when projects around it were being shut down, and the studio was being sold. How, then, did it survive?

Stories of both are discussed in this episode…

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

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