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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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 74: Wonka’s Sense of Humor

Happy Wednesday!

In Minute 74, we’re continuing to deal with Violet’s transformation. The Oompa Loompas moralize, and Mr. Beauregarde is very concerned for his daughter’s well being. We talk about this version of the Oompa Loompa song, and whether or not it’s diegetic. David breaks down the lyrics, trying to figure out what they’re getting at this time. We discuss how difficult it must have been to be Denise Nickerson for the shooting of this scene, and talk about the costume that she had to stay in for long stretches. There’s also a discussion about the gum chewing habits of our hosts.

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Episode 72: Educational Wonka

Happy Friday!

In minute 72, Wonka continues to show off his revolutionary, non-pollutionary, mechanical wonder. We see the machine doing its thing, and we get a finished product, which, since it’s gum, Violet is very into. We talk some of the behind the scenes of this machine, focusing specifically on the bees…or the “bees”. Also, Jason has a question about Gene Wilder’s voice over during the machine montage.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

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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 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 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.

Find Todd on Minute of the Apes. Also, you can find his book, The Risen, at this link.

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