Mike Teavee himself had no less than eighteen toy pistols of various sizes hanging from belts around his body...
"Mike Teavee himself had no less than eighteen toy pistols of various sizes hanging from belts around his body, and every now and again he would leap up into the air and fire off half a dozen rounds from one or another of these weapons." - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The fourth finder of Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets is Mike Teavee, a television-loving boy who appears in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. First released in 1964, the story has been adapted for two films, an opera and a stage musical.
In the original story, Roald doesn't tell us where Mike is from but - just like with Violet Beauregarde - most adaptations have presented him as an American. In the 1971 film he is from Marble Falls, Arizona; in the 2005 film he is from Denver, Colorado; and in the 2013 West End musical he is from an unnamed town in suburban America.
Mike is obsessed with TV and gadgets and is far less keen on people. In the original story and the 1971 film, he watches a lot of television, particularly shows involving gangsters shooting each other. In the 2005 film and 2013 musical it is video games that are his entertainment of choice. In all versions, it is his dependence on the small screen that ultimately proves his downfall. Like the other children before him, he ignores Mr Wonka's warnings and attempts to send himself by television - a big move that leads to a rather smaller result than he might have expected...
On film, Mike Teavee has been played by Paris Themmen (1971) and Jordan Fry (2005).
Can't you fools see I'm watching television?
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