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The Look Back Machine

136 EpisodesProduced by Jake CannonWebsite

The Look Back Machine provides a revealing peek back into history with firsthand accounts and research. This documentary-style podcast explores the overlooked, the disregarded, and misremembered tales from Hollywood. In its first series, the podcast explores the epic multi-part journey of Paul Germa… read more

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The Story of Rhino

November 21st, 2021


The Story of Rhino with Mark Walton.

Vegas in Space as told by Director Phillip R. Ford

November 12th, 2021


The story of the cult classic Vegas in Space presented by Phillip R. Ford

Remembering John Candy

November 5th, 2021


Remembering John Candy with Paul Flaherty and Peter Markle. 

The History of Pee-wee's Big Holiday

September 17th, 2021


The History of Pee-wee's Big Holiday from Director John Lee

The Mighty Ducks' Sequels: D2, D3, Animated Series

August 27th, 2021


The Mighty Ducks' Sequels: D2, D3, Animated Series

Steven Spielberg's Amblimation

August 20th, 2021


The story of Fievel Goes West, We're Back!, and Balto! 

Lion King Sequels: Timon & Pumbaa, Simba's Pride, 1.5, and Lion Guard

May 19th, 2021


Lion King Sequels: Timon & Pumbaa, Simba's Pride, 1.5, and Lion Guard

Tuesdays with Morrie

May 18th, 2021


One of Jack Lemmon's final films. 

Disney's Blank Check

May 17th, 2021


The story of Disney's Blank Check

Death Kiss

May 16th, 2021


The story of a Charles Bronson doppelganger

The Glimmer Man

May 15th, 2021


Crazy Steven Seagal Stories. 

Disney's Bubble Boy

May 14th, 2021


The behind the scenes story of Disney's Bubble Boy with Director Blair Hayes and Writer Cinco Paul

A Look Back at Leslie Nielsen

May 10th, 2021


Last Kiss Goodnight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


Oliver and Company

April 16th, 2021


Behind the scenes of Oliver and Company

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

April 14th, 2021


Behind the scenes with Director Gary Trousdale 

The Prince and the Pauper

April 14th, 2021


Behind the scenes with Director George Scribner

Chairman of the Board

April 14th, 2021


Carrot Top's first feature. 


March 28th, 2021


Behind the scenes of Duckman

Father of the Pride

March 27th, 2021


The story of the craziest sitcom. 

Biker Mice from Mars

March 25th, 2021


Behind the scenes of Biker Mice from Mars 

Steel starring Shaq

March 17th, 2021


The story of Steel starring Shaq. 

Jimmy Neutron

March 16th, 2021


The story of Jimmy Neutron with creator John A. Davis 

Death Wish V

March 6th, 2021


The story of Death Wish V. 

TMNT Coming Out of Our Shells

February 19th, 2021


The behind the scenes story of the Ninja Turtles Musical 

Barney's Great Adventure

February 12th, 2021


Behind the scenes of Barney's Great Adventure

Mickey's Runaway Brain

February 12th, 2021


The story of Mickey's Runaway Brain. 

Homeward Bound

February 1st, 2021


The story of Homeward Bound. 

Halloween Treats: Confessions of a Killer-- The Ted Bundy Tapes

October 7th, 2020


Ted Bundy with Ada Ruiz and Greg Gonzalez of LA Meekly. 

Halloween Treats: My Friend Dahmer

October 7th, 2020


The story of My Friend Dahmer. with Greg Gonzalez and Ada Ruiz of the LA Meekly Podcast.



Halloween Treats: Blackenstein

October 4th, 2020


The story of Blackenstein. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Blacula

October 4th, 2020


The story of the making of Blacula with Director William Crain. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Leprechaun Origins

October 4th, 2020


The story of Leprechaun Origins, a WWE Film. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: WWE's See No Evil

October 4th, 2020


The story behind WWE's See No Evil. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: The Perfect Host

October 4th, 2020


The story behind The Perfect Host. 31 episodes, 31 days, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Gacy

October 4th, 2020


The story of the film Gacy. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Dahmer (2002)

October 4th, 2020


For serial killer week, it's Dahmer (2003). The story behind the film. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Gein

October 4th, 2020


The story of the making of the serial killer flick Gein. 



Halloween Treats: Feardotcom

October 4th, 2020


The story behind Feardotcom. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Ghost Ship

October 4th, 2020


The story of Dark Castle's Ghost Ship. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween 

Halloween Treats: Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame

October 3rd, 2020


The story of Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. 


31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Disney's Don't Look Under the Bed

October 2nd, 2020


The behind the scenes story of the making of Disney's Don't Look Under the Bed. Just one of our entries into our week of Disney Halloween Flicks part of our month long celebration of Halloween. 1 new episode each day …

Halloween Treats: Disney's Mr. Boogedy

October 1st, 2020


The story of the Disney horror classic Mr. Boogedy. This is our first entry in our week of Disney Halloween. And part of our larger 31 episodes for 31 days of October. 

Halloween Treats: Eight Legged Freaks

September 27th, 2020


The story of Eight Legged Freaks. 31 days of Halloween episodes. 

Halloween Treats: Thirteen Ghosts

September 26th, 2020


The story of Dark Castle's 13 Ghosts remake. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 



Halloween Treats: Disney's Twitches, Twitches Too, and Scream Team

September 24th, 2020


The story of Twitches, Twitches Too, and Scream Team. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: House on Haunted Hill (1999)

September 18th, 2020


The behind the scenes story of House on Haunted Hill. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 


Halloween Treats: Hercules in New York and Maggie

September 16th, 2020


The story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting transformation. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 



Halloween Treats: Dracula (1979)

September 14th, 2020


The story of Dracula (1979). 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Vampire Circus

September 13th, 2020


The story of the Hammer Film Vampire Circus. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Dead Heat

September 10th, 2020


The story of Dead Heat starring Vincent Price. 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Disney's Can of Worms

September 8th, 2020


The story of Disney's Can of Worms, part of our 31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Teen Wolf Too

August 30th, 2020


The story behind Teen Wolf Too. 

31 days, 31 episodes, Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Disney's Phantom of the Megaplex

August 29th, 2020


The story behind the legendary Halloween DCOM, Disney's Phantom of the Megaplex. Part of our 31 days, 31 episodes for Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Color Out of Space

August 28th, 2020


The story of Color Out of Space. Part of our 31 days, 31 episodes for Halloween. 

Halloween Treats: Frankenstein and Me

August 28th, 2020


The story of Frankenstein and Me. Part of our 31 days of Halloween. 31 episodes, 31 days. 



Halloween Treats: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

August 28th, 2020


The story behind the making of Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Part of our 31 episodes for 31 days of Halloween. 



Halloween Treats: Disney's Tower of Terror

August 27th, 2020


The story behind the making of Disney's Tower of Terror (1997). Another entry into our Halloween Treats Week of Disney. 

Halloween Treats: Lake Placid

August 26th, 2020


The story of Lake Placid and Stan Winston. Our creature feature for Halloween Treats. 31 days of Halloween episodes presented by The Look Back Machine.


The Little Giants

August 10th, 2020


Director Duwayne Dunham discusses the making of a sports' classic. 

George of the Jungle

July 21st, 2020


How George of the Jungle was rescued from tragedy. 

Mickey Unrapped: Disney's First Rap Album

July 17th, 2020


The story of Disney's first rap album and why and how it exists. 

Freaked (1993)

April 13th, 2020


The making of Freaked (1993) with director Tom Stern. 

How a film was pulled from theaters before it got a chance and hilarious Mr. T stories. 

Benji (Part II)

April 5th, 2020


The continuing story of Benji as told by creator Joe Camp. 

Check out his book here: 

Benji (Part I)

April 5th, 2020


The story of Benji in 2 acts starring creator Joe Camp. 

Check out his new book here:

No Holds Barred (WWE, Hulk Hogan)

March 31st, 2020


Come along for the story of the making of Hulk Hogan's first starring vehicle No Holds Barred (1989) as told by director Tom Wright and Composer Jim …

A Look Back at Rodney Dangerfield

March 23rd, 2020


The story of Rodney Dangerfield's film career with Harry Basil. 

Disney's Pepper Ann

December 27th, 2019


The story of Sue Rose's Pepper Ann. 

Merry Cagemas: Trapped in Paradise starring Nic Cage

December 17th, 2019


The story of Trapped in Paradise starring director George Gallo. 

Outcast starring Nicolas Cage

December 14th, 2019


A movie was pulled 24 hours before it was released. This is how it happened. With Director Nick Powell.

Disney's Winnie the Pooh (2011)

November 28th, 2019


The story of Disney's Winnie the Pooh with director Steve Anderson. 

Mom and Dad starring Nicolas Cage

November 3rd, 2019


The story of how director Brian Taylor bounced back after Ghost Rider 2 with the horror comedy gem Mom and Dad. 



Halloween: Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance

October 30th, 2019


The story of Ghost Rider 2 starring Nicolas Cage, with interviews from directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine.

Halloween Horror: A Look Back at Vincent Price

October 24th, 2019


LA Meekly's Greg Gonzalez joins us to explore the twilight years of Vincent Price, the horror legend. 



Halloween Horror: Looking Glass starring Nicolas Cage

October 6th, 2019


The story of Looking Glass starring Nicolas Cage. 

Recess Ep. 7: Recess is Over

September 24th, 2019


The end of Paul and Joe's run at Disney and the aftermath. 

Recess Ep. 6: Disney's Recess

September 24th, 2019


Paul and Joe go to Disney to create Recess. 

Recess Ep. 5: Hey Arnold! and Beethoven

September 24th, 2019


Episode 5 of our continuing saga of Disney's Recess created by Paul and Joe. How Joe helped develop Hey Arnold! and Paul finds his way back into …

Halloween Horror: The Fog (2005)

September 21st, 2019


The story of how director Rupert Wainwright followed up Stigmata with the remake of John Carpenter's The Fog. 



Halloween Horror: Dracula 2000

September 18th, 2019


How Patrick Lussier made Dracula 2000 while combatting the Weinsteins. Part of our Halloween series 

Halloween Movies: Stigmata

September 13th, 2019


The story behind Rupert Wainwright's Stigmata. Part of our Halloween Horror Series. 

Recess Ep4: Rugrats and Nickelodeon Days

September 9th, 2019


Paul and Joe find themselves at Nickelodeon for better or worse. Part of our 7 Part series on the saga of Recess. 

Weston and Nicolas Cage's Voodoo Child

May 24th, 2019


The story of how Nicolas Cage and his son Weston, created their first comicbook series as told by Weston and writer Mike Carey. 


Voodoo Child.

Disney's Rocketman starring Harland Williams

May 14th, 2019


The story of Disney's Rocketman from the eyes of Harland Williams and director Stuart Gillard. 

The Trust starring Nicolas Cage

May 9th, 2019


The story of the indy film The Trust starring Nicolas Cage. Hear the story from the directors Alex and Ben Brewer. 



Vengeance: A Love Story starring Nicolas Cage

April 28th, 2019


The story of Vengeance: A Love Story starring Nic Cage. 

Deadfall Part II: Eddie King Returns starring Nicolas Cage

April 28th, 2019


Nicolas Cage resurrects his most infamous role from Deadfall in the film Arsenal. 

Clifford starring Martin Short

April 26th, 2019


The story of Clifford starring Martin Short with Director Paul Flaherty. 

Check out for Paul's new film. 

My Bloody Valentine & My Bloody Valentine 3D

February 13th, 2019


Hear the story behind the classic horror film from director George Mihalka and the remake by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer. 



Jaws 3D

January 31st, 2019


The story of Jaws 3D as told by writer Carl Gottlieb and director Joe Alves. 


Check out their books on Jaws ---

Designing Jaws by Joe Alves: 

Disney's Geppetto: Starring Drew Carey

January 31st, 2019


In 2000, Disney created a live action musical for television about Pinocchio's father Geppetto. That musical starred Drew Carey. Need we say more? 


Interviews with Director Tom Moore.  


Musical Homecoming: Disney's Great Mouse Detective

December 30th, 2018


The story of how The Great Mouse Detective marked the return of Disney to musicals. Starring Melissa Manchester. 



Drive Angry 3D starring Nicolas Cage

December 19th, 2018


Hear the story behind the making of the Nicolas Cage classic as told by the writer and director. 


Disney's Brink!

November 11th, 2018


The story of Brink! with special guest host Chad Goes Deep. 


Hear the story of how the famous Disney Channel Original came to be from the director Greg Beeman and writer Jeff Schechter.


Artwork by: Chris Palmer 


Deadfall starring Nicolas Cage

October 31st, 2018


The story of the film Deadfall is really the story of one of Nicolas Cage's most iconic and yet unknown roles.

This is that story as told by his …

Disney's Meet the Robinsons

October 5th, 2018


Eisner was out, Iger was in, and Pixar took over Disney Animation. And that's just part of the story of Meet The Robinsons. 

Logo by: Chris Palmer 

Music: Kevin MacLeod and Chris Zabriskie 

Divider by Chris Zabriskie is …

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

September 25th, 2018


The story of Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights with Director Seth Kearsley. 



Music by: Kevin MacLeod and more...



Disney's Mulan

September 2nd, 2018


The story of how Disney's classic came to be with behind the scenes stories from directors Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft. 


Music contributed by: Kevin MacLeod 


Check out the Bancroft Brothers podcast on Itunes: 

Disney's The Country Bears

August 4th, 2018


The story of Disney's The Country Bears from the people who made it: Peter Hastings and Paul Rugg. 


Music by: Kevin Macleod 

Art by: Chris Palmer

The Disney Afternoon Pt 2

August 1st, 2018


The story of the fall of the Disney Afternoon and the rise of One Saturday Morning. 


Music by: Kevin MacLeod 

Art by: Chris Palmer

Interviews with: Jymn Magon, Joe Barusso, Greg Weisman, Tad Stones, and Bill Kopp.

Disney Afternoon Part 1

August 1st, 2018


The story of the birth of Disney Television Animation and the rise of the Disney Afternoon. 


Music by: Kevin MacLeod 

Art by: Chris Palmer

Interviews with: Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Ted and Patsy Anasti, Willie Ito, …

Disney's Science Court

May 19th, 2018


The story of Disney's Science Court on One Saturday Morning. 



The Patreon: The Website:


Disney's One Saturday Morning

May 6th, 2018


How did the idea for Disney's One Saturday Morning come about?

Hear the inside perspective from Peter Hastings who formed the look and feel of the Saturday Morning block. 


Donate today: 


Disney's Home on the Range

April 29th, 2018


The behind the scenes story of "Home on the Range," Disney's last hand drawn animated movie until Princess and the Frog five years later. The studio was in flux at the time period, it was the final years of the Eisner …

Bonus Ep: Tom and Jerry...And Nibbles

March 29th, 2018


Nibbles is one of the amazing creations of Hanna-Barbera, and was brought to life by Francoise Brun-Cottan, a french 5-year old who got the role …

Bonus Ep4: Manny the Uncanny

March 12th, 2018


Hear the story of how Paul Rugg became Manny the Uncanny for Disney's One Saturday Morning. His journey from the ACME theater to ACME Academy is full …

Bonus Ep: Simpsons Shorts from Seward St.

February 21st, 2018


While Paul Germain was working at Gracie films organizing the voice records of The Simpsons Shorts, three animators and a colorist were busy bringing …

Bonus Ep: The Hey Arnold Theme Song

February 21st, 2018


Have you ever wondered how the theme song for Hey Arnold! came to be? Or have you ever wondered is there another version of the song? If you have, …

Disney's Recess Ep. 3

February 21st, 2018


The story of Created by Paul and Joe continues with episode 3. This time Paul is wrapped up in the creation of the most famous and most successful …

Bonus Episode: The Dino Spumoni Story

January 18th, 2018


Dino Spumoni's story, how the legendary singer was created for Hey Arnold!

Disney's Recess Ep 2

November 11th, 2017


In our second episode, Paul and Joe continue their odyssey to Hollywood and Disney's Recess. 

Joe gets a job at Rhythm and Hues and Paul gets a job …

Disney's Recess Ep1

November 7th, 2017


The Look Back Machine examines the history of the animated television show Disney's Recess with a multi-part series about its creation and its …

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