Episodes
On this episode, we get intergalactic and dive into the 2002 animated hit Lilo & Stitch! We discuss Stitch's origins as a failed children's book character over 15 years prior to his film debut, the original plan for him in the movie, and so much more. Those who stick around until the end will also hear something never before heard on our episodes! Find Cracking the Vault on Facebook, Instagram @CrackingtheVault_Podcast, and give us a follow and a review to leave your thoughts on Apple...
Published 01/20/21
In our first episode of 2021, we get into the animated classic 101 Dalmatians! We discuss the cost cutting measures used in the animation of Walt's 19th animated feature, the process of working with author Dodie Smith to bring her literary hit to the big screen, and much more! Ever wonder how many black spots can be found in the entire movie? Tune in to find out! Find Cracking the Vault on Facebook, Instagram @CrackingtheVault_Podcast, and give us a follow and a review to leave your thoughts...
Published 01/06/21
God Bless Us, Everyone! On this special Christmas bonus episode of Cracking the Vault, we dive into the animated featurette adaptation of A Christmas Carol. We briefly get into the the origin of this Disney adaptation, voice acting and burials at sea...yes, you read that right! Enjoy your Christmas festivities while taking a listen to our take on this classic, as hear from our special guest co-hosts at the end as well! Find Cracking the Vault on Facebook, Instagram...
Published 12/25/20
On this episode, we close out 2020 with the 1994 Christmas favorite, The Santa Clause! Hear how a film written by a comedy duo, directed by a first time feature film director, starring a stand up comic turned TV Star...would seal the fate of one of Disney's most beloved live action Christmas films. We discuss the origins of the idea behind the film, the legendary Saturday Night Live alumni who turned down the lead role, the literal painstaking process behind turning America's "tool man" into...
Published 12/23/20
Join on us a journey to the Inca Empire as we talk about Disney's 40th animated feature, The Emperor's New Groove. We briefly touch on what this film was SUPPOSED to be, coming off the heels of the massive success of The Lion King. We get into the brilliant casting voices, the impact the film has had on meme culture, and why it earned the nickname (likely by only one person) the "swiss cheese" of Disney movies.  Find Cracking the Vault on Facebook, Instagram @CrackingtheVault_Podcast, and...
Published 12/09/20
Meet Rapunzel. Living in a kingdom called Corona, isolated in her home, passing the time by cleaning, baking, playing games...is this 2020? Nope. On this episode, we gaze upon the gem that is Disney's 50th animated feature on the 10th anniversary of the film's release. We look into the game of Telephone that was the source material, the nearly 14 year long pre-production of the film, and so much more! We end the episode with a lively debate between who is the most evil Disney villain.  Find...
Published 11/25/20
We cover a milestone in this episode of Cracking the Vault! 80 years ago, Walt Disney brought to life his vision to combine animation and classical music...and it all started with a mouse. Find out how his initial idea to create the ultimate Silly Symphonies short, turned into his 3rd (and currently longest) animated feature film!  Journey back with us to the genesis of Mickey as we know him today, and see the mouse make his feature film debut in a role which would revitalize his popularity...
Published 11/10/20
A manic toad, a superstitious schoolmaster, two famous narrators, two literary classics, one wild ride! We close out October with our discussion of the 1949 Package Film The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad. Ride along with us as we get into the roller coaster that was getting these animated shorts together, some of the creative constraints the writers and animators were under due to the infamous "Hays Code," and hear just how these protagonists are viewed now through the fog of childhood...
Published 10/28/20
Welcome, Foolish Mortals to Cracking the Vault. On this spooktacular episode, we tour the boundless realm of the supernatural with the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion. The spirits materialize as we look into the source material behind the film, a brief history of the beloved Disney Parks attraction, the myriad references found inside the film, and if the film does it justice. Be sure to bring your death certificate! Find Cracking the Vault on Facebook, Instagram @CrackingtheVault_Podcast, and...
Published 10/14/20
Picture it: a movie from Disney starring Ben Stiller and co-written by Judd Apatow. Sounds like a recipe for critical and commercial success, right? Wrong! On this edition of Cracking the Vault, we hop on the bus to Camp Hope and tackle the 1995 gem Heavyweights. We cover the antics of the portly campers, the cast members and crew who have gone on to forge very successful careers, how the film was received and how it holds up in 2020 to someone watching for the first time. Find Cracking the...
Published 09/30/20
On this edition of Cracking the Vault, we take a deep dive into the first fully computer animated feature film, Toy Story. We get into a brief history of Pixar, the collaborative relationship established with Disney, the painstaking process behind animating this ground-breaking classic, all the great Easter eggs throughout the film, as well as the franchise and pop culture presence it has spawned in the 25 years since! You've got a friend in us, as we spend a whopping 2 1/2 hours on this...
Published 09/16/20
In our inaugural episode, we go all the way back to where it all began. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full length animated feature not just from Walt Disney, but in the history of film! We explore the film itself, the background getting the film made, how many didn't have faith that it would be successful, and how Disney took a 19th Century Germanic fairy tale, left out some of the more gruesome details (which we get into) and turned it into an instant classic that has endured...
Published 09/12/20
Published 09/07/20