Episode 91: Giving the Undertaker a Run For His Money

It’s another Monday, and another week of Everlasting Minute!

In minute 91, Dodo Denney is doing yeoman’s work with facial expressions and physical acting. She really knocks it out of the park for the less than 30 seconds she’s in. She is, of course, distressed at the thought of her son being put into a taffy pulling machine…which seems like a nice way of saying “The Rack”. We also get the final Oompa Loompa song, which is also the most dramatic and menacing. We decide that Grandpa Joe is the Honey Badger of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Also, Jason points out that this movie quotes two songs that would be released over 20 years later. We also discuss another Shakesperean quote.

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Episode 90: The Taffy Pulling Is Interesting

Happy Friday!

In minute 90, we find out that a million pieces of something take a long to put together. Grandpa Joe makes an awful (but funny) dad joke. Mike appears to be conscious during the transportation process, which leads to a discussion about the transportation process in the Star Trek universe. Mike is now so small he can fit into his mother’s purse, and Mike is unhappy about it, and trying to let his mother know it. We finish by discussing the flexibility of small children

Credit for the transcription of Mike Teevee’s dialogue: http://wonkadotcom.tripod.com/script.html

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Episode 89: Me Turn Knob. Me See Cowboy. Cowboy Go Bang Bang.

Another Wednesday, and time for your mid-week sweet treat!

In minute 89, Charlie takes the chocolate bar that Mike Teevee doesn’t have the imagination to realize is actually there. Everyone has different ideas for what this technology could lead to, including David. Mike Teevee, of course, wants to use it on himself, and does just that…without permission. In doing so, he gets divided into a million pieces. Jason compares his parenting technique to a hockey great. We discuss the history of the TV dinner, and Jason gets judgmental about the use of them for lunches. We also talk about Wonkavision as a tool for bettering humanity.

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Episode 88: Everything Always Comes Back to Nickelback

It’s a brand new week! Thanks for starting it with us!

In minute 88, Mike Teevee is interrupting Willy Wonka, and explains television poorly. Wonka explains how he created Wonkavision…poorly. Also, we realize how much of this scene is lost in translation with today’s television technology. Jason explains his version of 4K to David. We briefly discuss video formats, and why formats end up being adopted. Jason makes a Star Trek reference that completely goes over David’s head. Wonka gives us another literary quote, and we talk Lewis Carroll’s gifts to the literary canon.

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Episode 87: Gotta Grind Those Rails

Happy Friday!

In minute 87, bubbles, bubbles, everywhere…but not the same kind we previously saw. The WonkaMobile goes through the Hsawaknow, and comes out clean and dry through the magic of dry cleaning. Grandpa Joe lets us know about his hygiene habits, and Mike Teevee thinks that the ride was pretty pointless. We are also introduced to a new room with a camera in it. David comes up with a new system of measurement. Jason gets ahead of himself. Jason tries to use Japanese terms, but gets them confused, so we learn a few new Japanese terms. We also talk about John Joseph Merlin, who is the first known maker of roller skates, and, an inventor of clockwork robots/automatons…in the 18th century.

We’ll see you back here next week!

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Episode 86: Porkopolis

It’s Wednesday! Time for your mid week sweet treat!

In minute 86, we are swifter than eagles…stronger than lions…and we are keeping our eyes open and our mouths shut. The tour group is off on a short little joyride on Wonka’s WonkaMobile. Mike Teevee and his mom are working the angles. Grandpa Joe is making fun of politicians, and the WonkaMobile is slowly traversing the room. By the end of the minute, everything is a foamy, sticky mess, and Wonka is singing operas. Along the way, Jason and David discuss the physics of beer, German lieder and industrial metal, and the origins of the Windy City. Also, David messes with Jason’s mind.

We’ll see you all back here on Friday!

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Episode 85: It’s Pretty, It’s So Pretty

Happy Labor Day (to our US listeners)!

In minute 85, the Oompa Loompas finish their song, and we move on to a new room. Wonka has a treat for us, because, apparently, he’s going into…motorsports? That’s weird. Anyway, we learn a few things right away about the Wonkamobile, specifically what it’s powered by. Jason and David spend some time talking about the different sodas that are used to power the Wonkamobile, specifically which ones don’t appear to be real, which ones appear to be generic names, and which ones are specific brands. We also talk about the habits of rabbits, as well as John Keats’ poem, Endymion. There are also numerous digressions in this episode.

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Episode 84: Roy Kinnear, You Left Us Too Soon…

Ready for the weekend? Well let us get you there!

In minute 84, Veruca went first, and Mr. Salt goes second. Wonka gives the Salts a “good sporting chance”(?) of not getting burned up in the furnace. David and Jason question that math. David tries to figure out why the onscreen lyrics return for this particular Oompa Loompa song. We also discuss Charlie’s return to his sweet, caring form. We also discuss Roy Kinnear’s dive into the eggdicator chute.

Also, Jason continues to think that Wonka needs sunglasses…

Definitely not…

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Episode 83: Touching Wonka’s Tie

Time for a mid-week sweet treat!

In minute 83, Veruca is finishing her song. She meets her end in this minute…you’ll have to listen if you don’t know how. Mr. Salt, of course has a very specific reaction to her end. We discuss the composition and orchestration of the song. We discuss the logistics of knocking a set of boxes over in the same order for continuity’s sake. We also talk about how this set of actors comports themselves when they’re not the focus of the action. We also talk about how one falls through a trap door without hurting or embarrassing themselves.

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Episode 82: The Tyrannosaurus Rex of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

It’s the beginning of a new week!

In minute 82, Veruca sings her song, and runs around causing havoc. We try and figure out what 10,000 tons of ice cream would look like. David also spends time talking about the practice of lip syncing in movie musicals. We also discuss Veruca’s list of demands. We also slide in a plug for Minute of the Apes.

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