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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. 

Dec 1, 2021

Elaine and Felicia decide to correct their scholarly mistakes by delivering book reports on non-fiction books related to the Wonka-verse. Felicia is reporting on a book about the 1971 film, and Elaine is discussing... a children's book. 

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Jaleel White, Wonka of Weed


00:50 Since Felicia referenced the character Slugworth as "Slughorn" for our first few episodes, and Elaine didn't know who Roald Dahl was when this podcast began, we decided we needed to do our due diligence as your Wonka sherpas and do some homework.

04:14 Wonka Watch: A Wonka-themed coffee creamer is coming out in 2022, bringing with it the thrill of a Golden Ticket search. Jaleel White—actor who played Steve Urkel on *Family Matters—*has now become the Wonka of Weed.

10:52 Felicia's Willy Wonka Dream Palace: An unsettling dream where Felicia and Timothée audition for both SNL and Wonka.

17:53 It's time for our Willy Wonka book reports!

18:41 Felicia's book report is on Pure Imagination : The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. written by Director Mel Stuart. We start with a look at Mel Stuart's career leading up to the Willy Wonka movie. We also learn that Mel Stuart is a bad writer.

27:20 Elaine's book report is from the juvenile nonfiction section: What is the Story of Willy Wonka by Steve Korte. She shares some facts about Roald Dahl's messy childhood and his hatred of candy shop owner, Mrs. Pratchett. Dahl devises a plan to take Mrs. Pratchett down a notch: The Great Mouse Plot.

35:21 The 1971 movie was funded by Quaker Oats??

37:50 Roald Dahl wrote the original screenplay for the 1971 movie and then it was completely butchered.

38:48 Elaine's book provides a terrifying illustration of Willy Wonka based on Roald Dahl's description.

42:37 Mel Stuart changed Dahl's script because there wasn't enough dRaMa. Oh boy, Oompa-Loompas. How they came to the title change for the movie vs. the book. Stuart attempts to make obscure jokes that no one gets.

47:21 Casting the Wonka movie. Wilder had the "sardonic, demonic edge" Stuart was looking for lol. Your hosts get distracted by hunger and then somehow end up sharing stories from their childhood.

53:32 We return to Roald Dahl's cane trauma and Elaine's theory of how this shaped Wonka's cane. Dahl's childhood chocolatier dreams.

58:38 The pre-production of the movie. Movie filmed in Germany. The horrifying details on what the chocolate river was made of and the foam from the Wonka car wash. Costumes, purposeful hair burning, and quirky set design.

1:08:14 In Elaine's kid book, we finally start to discuss Willy Wonka! Dahl has a history of writing characters who are nefarious and slightly unhinged.

1:18:00 Prequel Predictions. Felicia: They'll incorporate the evil Mrs. Pratchett/The Great Mouse Plot into the prequel. Elaine: Intro of Wonka will be Timmy Wonka walking down the street and little kids running up to him with reviews of the candies he gave them (and all of them have side effects lol).