One of the best things about Easter is being able to stuff your face with lots and lots of chocolate. My favorite chocolate to receive on Easter is a milk chocolate Lindt chocolate Bunny. Of course chocolate does not fall out of the sky and end up at your house on Easter morning. It is made in a factory and then distributed. What are these factories like? Who works there? The movies Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) answers that very question.
[Note: I don’t actually think chocolate is made by Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory 😉 I can dream right?]
In a small town, Charlie Bucket lives in a small house with his mother, father, and grandparents. He is so poor that he eats only two chocolate bars per year. Charlie dreams of seeing the inside of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – the most famous chocolate factory in the world. When the recluse Willy Wonka announces a contest for 5 golden tickets for a VIP access to his factory, the chocolate bars are flying off the shelves. As each golden ticket is beginning to be won, Charlie begins to loose hope of seeing the factory. When one day he buys a chocolate bar with his pocket money and wins. Charlie and the four other winners arrive at the factory and are given a special tour by Willy Wonka. Though this is no ordinary tour, and this is no ordinary chocolate factory.
Old vs. New
The original story these two movies are based on was a children’s novel written by Roald Dahl and released under the name Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964. The first adaptation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released in 1971 and stars Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. This movie is one of those iconic movies that people watch around Easter then go around singing…
Oompa Loompa doompety doo, I’ve got another puzzle for you…
There is one scene in this movie that I find extremely bizarre. Well… what do you expect from a movie made in the early seventies.
If you thought that Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory seemed to be eccentric you ain’t seen nothing yet. The newer adaptation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) is a thousand times more bizarre. The director obviously went to town with the eccentricities of Willy Wonka’s character, even establishing a backstory for this character. The film stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. In comparison, Wilder’s Willy Wonka appears to be the pinnacle of sanity in comparison to Depp’s version. The film’s aesthetics holds the signature of visionary director Tim Burton. From the vividly expressive colors to the wonky factory machinery, there is no director on earth capable of such whimsy.
This is one of my favorite parts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is called “Wonka’s Welcome Song” which sort of parodies “It’s a Small World.”
Which adaptation is better? In my opinion they are both really really good! I tend to prefer watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While Wilder’s appearance as Willy Wonka has been branded into my mind from a young age as being the image of Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp is an awesome Willy Wonka. Depp is better at drawing out Willy Wonka’s personality, a mixture between an everlasting child and a crazy brilliant inventor. As for the two Charlie Buckets, Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) displays a much larger range of emotion than Peter Ostrum (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).
Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,