Episode 64: It’s Not Like Beowulf!

Welcome to your new week! Buckle up, because this week we’re getting weird!

As minute 64 starts, we’re sailing along the chocolate river and we’re talking about nuts…Salt’s Nuts. Mr. Beauregarde tries to make some small talk with Mr. Salt, and Salt kills the conversation very quickly. After about 20 seconds of boating, we head toward the tunnel that has become infamous in the internet age. David reads a poem, and Jason recites one from memory. We also talk about Julie Dawn Cole’s recollections of shooting this scene.

If you’d like to buy Julie Dawn Cole’s book, you can find it on Amazon.

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Episode 63: People Are Kinda Gross

Happy Friday!

In minute 63, we’re talking boat rides, physics, spitting and nose picking. We talk about how the physical travel of the Wonkatania worked in terms of filming, but we also discuss how boating on chocolate would actually work. David asks a question about the nature of the Chocolate Room, and what its actual purpose is. We also talk about the drama of shooting a film with adolescents, and David catches himself being wrong…again.

Also, it has been brought to our attention that Denise Nickerson, who played Violet, has suffered a stroke. You can read the EW story here, and can donate to the family for medical care here. We here at Everlasting Minute wish her a speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with her and her family.

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Episode 62: The 2nd Most Well Known Ocean Liner Disaster

Welcome to the middle of the week!

In Minute 62, Wonka brushes off criticism of how he handled the Augustus situation, and introduces the tour group to their new form of transportation. Wonka fat shames Mr. Salt…which I suppose is only fair, since Mr. Salt did the same to Augustus. Jason has a theory about the diegesis of the Oompa Loompa song. David offers a different way of looking at the staging of the scene, and it may owe to some confusing camera work. Jason compares this issue to a similar issue during the semi chase in The Dark Knight. David wonders why Wonka names his boat after a sunken ocean liner.

Also, I found this auction listing for some Harper Goff drawings of the Wonkatania.

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Episode 61: Photoshop – 1971 Edition(?)

Happy Monday!

In minute 61, we get the first of the Oompa Loompa songs, as the Oompa Loompas moralize over Augustus’ weakness. There’s discussion about the potential reasoning behind the usage of onscreen lyrics during the Oompa Loompa song. We also have a discussion about whether the Oompa Loompa song is diegetic. We also go back to episode 7, and discuss the usage of William Allingham’s The Fairies in a new context.

We’ll see you back here on Wednesday!

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Episode 60: What is Mrs. Gloop Doing?

In Minute 60, we discover that there’s no better time to learn to swim than when you’re drowning. By the end of the minute, we have officially lost our first child. Veruca, oddly, shows some compassion…and her father does not. David tries to decide whether or not you would actually need a plumber to extricate Augustus. Mrs. Gloop makes a series of inappropriate faces that David and Jason get a kick out of. Also, David has a problem with Grandpa Joe…surprise!

We’ll see you back here on Monday.

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Episode 59: 40 Takes and One Costume

It’s the fourth of July…celebrate by listening to us talk about a German boy falling into a chocolate river.

Minute 59 is where Augustus Gloop contaminates the chocolate river with his hands…and then his entire body. Also, Veruca has a weird idea of what an Oompa Loompa is, and we’re venturing into some pretty weird territory. We also learn that the production team did not seem to be prepared for shooting this scene.

Have a safe holiday!

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Episode 58: Green Wigs and Orange Makeup

Happy Monday!

Jason and David start a new week talking about minute 58. We learn more about the Oompa Loompas and Loompaland, and Mrs. Teevee is being a know it all again. David doesn’t really understand the creaming and sugaring process in the chocolate river. Mike Teevee wonders aloud if the Oompa Loompas are real…and if they’re not real, what are they? We also talk about Rusty Goffe who is the Oompa Loompa with the most credits.

My life as an Oompa Loompa – Rusty Goffe

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Episode 57: Chocolate Covered Steak

It’s Friday!!!

Todd is with us for one last episode, as we discuss minute 57. We’ve wrapped up the joy of “Pure Imagination”, and now we turn our sights to the Chocolate Room. Specifically, the centerpiece of the room the chocolate river and waterfall. Todd has questions about the buttercup, and the sound design of the bite. Mr. Salt and Mrs. Gloop have a weird reaction to the river running through the Chocolate Room. Mr. Salt seems pretty impressed with the fact that Wonka confides in him. We discuss the recording of the dialogue in this scene, which leads to a discussion about the the possibility of another filmed remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We end the episode discussing the Oompa Loompas and comparing the version in this film to Tim Burton’s version.

Thanks to Todd for being with us one final time. You can find Todd on Minute of the Apes and The Other Kind Radio. Also, you can find his book, The Risen, at this link.

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Episode 56: The Chaos and the Calm

Welcome to your mid week sweet treat!

Jason and David are back with Todd Hartsell, to discuss the goings on in Minute 56. We’re wrapping up “Pure Imagination”, and this minute features one of our favorite shots in the entire film. We talk about the sweeping camera motion that follows Gene Wilder as he sings “If you want to view paradise…” We talk about the techniques that were possibly used to capture that shot, which includes a brief chat about when Steadicam technology came to prominence. Todd reflects on the color palette used in this scene. We also talk about how well Mel Stuart places actors in the background of shots to keep the world alive even while the focus is on Willy Wonka.

Thanks to Todd for being with us again. You can find Todd on Minute of the Apes. Also, you can find his book, The Risen, at this link.

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Episode 55: Kicking Chocolate Filled Balls

Happy Monday!

Todd Hartsell joins Jason and David for Minute 55. Wonka allows the group to go running off in all different directions, as they explore the almost entirely edible Chocolate Room. Todd points out that this is not a scene for people who find eating with your hands to be gross. We have a hard time figuring out what kind of candy Augustus is eating. And is Willy Wonka lying to the world about how his candy produced? We also discuss how on-screen eating is done during movie making.

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