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 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 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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Episode 81: Spa Day

Happy Friday, everyone!

In minute 81, we’ve got nonsense and relish! Veruca wants a golden goose, and someone finally tells her “no”. This causes Mr. Salt to insult Wonka, and Veruca to start to sing. David does some digging to figure out where Wonka’s little sing song phrase in this minute comes from. We also go into some discussion about the origin and meaning of Easter eggs.

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Episode 71: Whatever Kind of Nuts

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life…

In minute 71, we start out a bit political, but we quickly get back to the minute. This episode contains one of our favorite shots (see the screen capture above). The kids receive their Everlasting Gobstoppers and are then introduced to something very special. We talk about the act of crossing fingers. We also talk about Wonka passing over Charlie in the initial offering of the Everlasting Gobstoppers, and what exactly it might mean. Is Mr. Salt taking notes about how Wonka runs his factory? Is he taking the right notes? We also discuss the reactions to the Revolutionary Non-Pollutionary Mechanical Wonder.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you on Friday!

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Episode 68: Yes!

Welcome to the middle of the week…it’s all downhill from here.

In minute 68, David has no idea what a Turkish bath is, and tries to fake it until he makes it. Wonka does a little bit of work throughout the inventing room. Mike Teevee takes a candy, which he was told not to do, and suffers the consequences. Also, Mr. Salt actually makes a cogent point, and we go down a rabbit hole of how Willy Wonka gets around health inspections.

We’ll see you back here on Friday!

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