Next was the first film that I had written and directed, and after eleven years of animating and directing for others, I was exploding with too many ideas. It was a fantastic opportunity, thanks to Aardman Animations. I'm not sure where the idea of something Shakespearean came from, but it was probably just wanting to do something different and classical. Thankfully, it was both. I was in danger of cramming absolutely everything in, probably even the Elizabethan kitchen sink if Shakespeare had mentioned it.