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 76: Everlasting Minute After Dark (Parental Discretion is Advised)

It’s going to be a good Monday.

In minute 76, things get a little…adult. We continue with the lickable wallpaper, and Wonka is not pleased with Veruca when she questions him about Snozzberries. He then leads them into a room with a lot of bubbles, and Grandpa and Charlie make a very bad choice. We discuss the nature of the Snozzberry, and how the word took on a new meaning in the late 70s, thanks to Mr. Roald Dahl. We also talk about artificially flavored banana candies, a couple more literary references, and what would happen if you took candy to Dairy Queen.

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Episode 69: Obligatory Joke

I hope you’re having a nice Friday.

In minute 69, we’re still in the inventing room. We see lots of little glimpses of things that Willy Wonka is working on. Mr. Salt spends time sucking up to Wonka, and does so very well. By the end of the minute, we’re well on our way to seeing the famed candy that this show is named after. David gives us the lowdown on gelignite, which Wonka says is the secret behind the exploding candy, and questions using this material in candy. Also, we discuss the appropriateness of the Ogden Nash poem “Reflections on Ice Breaking” in a children’s film.

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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