TechnoRetro Dads: Goodbye, Mr. Wilder. Adieu. Aufwiedersehen. Gesundheit. Farewell.

by TechnoRetro Dads

JediShua and shazbazzar bid adieu to Gene Wilder — perhaps the gentlest comedic mind of our time as the iconic, sadistic candy man.

Goodbye, Gene Wilder. PLUS: SuperFriend Dave Dollar from The Deucecast Movie Show defends his choice of 1995 over 1982 as the better year for movies in The Deucecast’s “Best Movie Year Ever” tournament.

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Remembering Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Since 1971, no childhood has been complete without meeting the gentle spirit in the strange and sadistic candy man as portrayed by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Although the 2005 remake (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is noted for being more faithful to the Roald Dahl novel, and Johnny Depp’s performance was intriguing and enjoyable, Gene Wilder will always be the face and voice of Willy Wonka for generations. This week, we remember the Music-Maker and the Dreamer of Dreams with his “Pure Imagination”.

Come with me and you’ll see

In this world of Pure Imagination,

Our friend Gene has defied expectations!

If you think a smile is paradise,

Go into show world and show it —

Grin from ear to ear and grow it.

You can change the world, if you just know it.

There is no one I know

Who compares with Gene’s imagination.

He’s the kind who’ll be kind ‘cause he wants to.

If you want to view paradise,

Simply look around and view it —

Anything you want to, do it.

Want to make the world?

There’s nothing to it.

There is no life I know

To compare with Pure Imagination.

Living there, you’ll be free

If you truly wish to be.

In the NEWS…

Marcia Brady puts on her dancing shoes to compete on Dancing with the Stars. NetFlix announces season two of Stranger Things. SuperFriend Michael Witwer becomes a dad — again!

We Love Our Cereal…

Go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs while bouncing here and there and everywhere with Disney’s Gummy Bears in this week’s edition of the Cereal Gourmet.

SuperFriend Dave Dollar from The Deucecast Movie Show…

The Deucecast Movie Show is striving to find the best movie year ever in an ongoing tournament, but Mikey, Pinky, and Dave have run into a snag: the vote is split (2:2) between 1982 and 1995. We invite D$ to make his best argument for 1995 over 1982 (even though we all know he has no argument) and announce the tie-breaking listener vote. JediShua and shazbazzar strongly endorse the candidacy of 1982 for this round in the tournament because of the longevity and significance of films such as TRON, E.T., The Dark Crystal, The Secret of NIMH, The Last Unicorn, Poltergeist, and many, many more. Vote this week on their Twitter feed, then watch their Facebook page and for other voting opportunities. #Vote1982.

There are surprises around every corner on this week’s show with memories of innocence and the days of youth and an unhealthy dose of sugary sweetness — just what you need on Labor Day!


Adieu, Gene Wilder and SuperFriend Dave Dollar

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About TechnoRetro Dads

Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the ’70s and ’80s as they share the fun and fandom of their youth with their families and also their friends. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star WarsTRON, E.T., The Dark Crystal, The Last Unicorn, The Pirate MovieWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Blade Runner. TechnoRetro Dads is a blend of new stories and also old legends are passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is for you!

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