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.

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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.

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Episode 70: The Gobstopper Condition

Join us as we begin a new week!

In minute 70, we get the production of the Everlasting Gobstopper. We also get the shot that has been one of the most prominent shots from the films, at least as far as social media is concerned. We talk about the machine that makes Everlasting Gobstopper, and go a little deeper into the creation of the Condescending Wonka meme.

The Know Your Meme page for Condscending Wonka.

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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 52: John Ratzenberger is Rachmaninoff?

Happy Monday everyone!

Todd Hartsell is back for another week of chocolatey goodness. In minute 52, David derisively responds to a comment that Mrs. Teevee makes. Wonka responds to a comment by Mr. Salt a little less derisively. Todd waxes rhapsodic about film making techniques of the past. The adults in this scene are being a bunch of Debbie Downers, which Todd points out. Also, David does funny voices, and, surprise, he screws up again.

We’ll see you back here on Wednesday!

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

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Episode 48: Vestments is a Great Word

Happy Friday, everyone!

In minute 48, Jason’s adopted catch phrase finally shows up in the movie. The assembled group of Wonka, the children and chaperones, head inside the factory to begin their journey…in a very oddly shaped room. There are a ton of great reactions throughout this minute, especially considering the room, and Willy Wonka’s general demeanor.

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Episode 34: Nazi Crooks

Welcome to your new week!

In this minute, Charlie buys a second chocolate bar. When he gets outside, he finds quite a scene, with people crowding around the newsstand. Apparently the last ticket found was a fake. You don’t say? (#Nazis) Were goatees a thing in 1971, because there’s one guy with one, and he looks kinda out of place. Charlie finishes out the minute with a furtive glance, and who knows what’s next?

See you on Wednesday to find out!

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Episode 32: An Early Version of Common Core

Welcome to the middle of the week!

Minute 32 continues Mr. Turkentine’s absolute abomination of a math lesson, which doesn’t really matter, as the kids won’t be tested on it anyway. We’re introduced to another student in Charlie’s class, Peter Goff, and find a little about his behind the scenes story. Charlie is made to feel really bad about his lack of Wonka bar opening, and Jason questions his integrity. Also, Charlie finds some clean dirty money.

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Episode 17: The Peanut Queen

It’s your mid-week treat! Minute 17 of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is centered around Mr. Salt’s nut factory. We find out more about Veruca Salt, and her family. We do some more math in this episode, figuring out how long Veruca has been “looking” for a Golden Ticket, as well as some inflation calculations. We also talk about how hard Julie Dawn Cole had to work to achieve appropriate levels of brattiness in this scene. We discuss Roy Kinnear’s filmography, and his untimely death.

Who’s the brattiest person in your life? Tell us in the comments or in our Facebook group?

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