Star from 1971 "Willy Wonka" surprised fans when he appeared on Jeopardy


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#2

It suddenly occurs to me that I cannot once recall reading anyone propose a gritty re-imagining wherein adult versions of Teavee, Salt, Beauregard, and Gloop return to the Factory to seek revenge. But I probably just haven’t been looking in the right places.


#3

Not til you’re twelve, son.


#4

Star? Everybody knows Veruca Salt is the star.


#5

Understandable. His television appearance in Wonka didn’t go that well.


#6

They form a private equity investor group to buy out Wonka, leverage the portfolio until the factory is driven into bankruptcy, then sell the trademarks to Hershey for pennies on the dollar.


#7

Mr Mike Teavee was a bit of an attention whore for conventions. I remember being on staff of an early furry convention back in the late 90s and us getting a request to be a guest. Not sure if he really understood or cared that the topic was anthro animals and not old movies.


#8

Wow, so Wonka did figure out how to make him normal-sized again. Good to know.


#9

and the woman who played her is the author of the least-exciting “tell-all” book I’ve ever read. I believe I picked up the e-book because it was free that day.


#10

IOTW, Wizard of Oz?


#11

Remember the scene with the lickable wallpaper for nursery walls? “Lick an orange. It tastes like an orange. Lick a pineapple, it tastes like a pineapple. Go ahead, try it! Try some more, the strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!”

I thought that snozzberry was just a silly word that Roald Dahl made-up for the book, but today I learned that in a later book he also used the word snozzberry as a euphemism for penis.


#12

Because it was free and you (like me) probably learned about it here:


#13

Based on the video still I thought he was trans, too. But apparently that’s a different contestant.


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