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An unofficial podcast about the Wonka-verse from two people who didn't think they cared about Willy Wonka until they learned a prequel was being made and it rocked their world. You may think, how much is there to say about Wonka, the most forgettable and most memorable franchise? More than you would ever believe. Join us as we count down to the day of the Wonka Rapture, March 2023. 

Jun 15, 2022

Ceci n’est pas une Wonka. Ou, peut-être? Eh, je ne sais pas. Ahem, now that we’ve flexed our high school French, let’s talk about something else pretentious: philosophy! We review some essays from philosophers discussing Roald Dah’s work, specifically Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ruby Tuesday’s somehow gets in the mix as well, so we remain as sophisticated as always.

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Links Referenced (because even Wonka Scholars cite their sources):

Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then by Jacob M. Held


00:00 Plato’s cave analogy for Wonka.

4:02 Wonka Watch: The Mr. Beast video is out (which by the time you hear this, it’ll have been out for a sec!). We’re covering this two episodes from now! A plot for an “unedible” arrangement. WE FINALLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE WONKA THEMED INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT CREAMER!

9:28 Explaining the essay collection we’re about to review. Felicia read 150 pages of academic articles so mega claps for her.

11:00 First essay: Introduction: Roald Dahl and Absurdity by the editor, Jacob M. Held.

14:52 Epicurus and the Chocolate Factory by Benjamin A. Rider. Wonka is a god-like figure?

18:40 On Getting Our Just Desserts: Willy Wonka, Immanuel Kant, and the Summum Bonum by Jacob M. Held. Augustus Gloop is “an afront to humanity itself.”

28:23 “Who Is this Crazy Man?”: Willy Wonka’s Uneasy Predicament by Cam Cobb.

32:20 Salad bars?

36:52 We impersonate each other? And then Batman and The Riddler??

43:44 Final thoughts.

45:20 Prequel Predictions. Elaine: The biggest complaint about the movie will be that Timmy Wonka is not close enough to the Gene Wonka that some people are seeking. Felicia: A subset of people will be upset by how lighthearted the movie is.

48:19 Outro!