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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory [Soundtrack]

Danny Elfman Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Danny Elfman
  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • ASIN: B0009T2S0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wonka's Welcome Song
2. Augustus Gloop
3. Violet Beauregarde
4. Veruca Salt
5. Mike Teavee
6. Main Titles
7. Wonka's First Shop
8. The Indian Palace
9. Wheels In Motion
10. Charlie's Birthday Bar
11. The Golden Ticket/Factory
12. Chocolate Explorers
13. Loompa Land
14. The Boat Arrives
15. The River Cruise
16. First Candy
17. Up And Out
18. The River Cruise (Part 2)
19. Charlie Declines
20. Finale
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

It's as if composer Danny Elfman's fertile relationship with director Tim Burton had been building up to this, their 11th collaboration and perhaps the one that best encapsulates their shared aesthetics: It's hard to think of a subject better suited to the two men than an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the occasion, Elfman has come up with five actual songs (and sings on them), which reminds one of the 1980s heyday of his old band, Oingo Boingo. The first, "Wonka's Welcome Song" is a demented minute-long blast that evokes 1960s kiddie TV. Each of the other four (which use Dahl's own words) is dedicated to one of the children invited to visit Willy Wonka's factory, and each is done is a different musical style. All are fantastically fun. A personal favorite is the mock-operatic "Mike TeaVee," on which Elfman basically transposes "Bohemian Rhapsody" to a hyperactive cartoon universe. The lovely "Main Titles" acts as a transition into the instrumental part of the score and will be familiar to fans of Elfman's music for Edward Scissorhands, particularly its otherworldly, celestial choral sound. The rest of the tracks simply represent the work of Elfman and his longtime arranger, Steve Bartek, at their best, alternately flamboyant, dreamlike, and suggestive. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

The highly anticipated soundtrack from the Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp featuring original music and songs by composer and musician Danny Elfman. For his 11th collaboration with director Tim Burton, Elfman has composed the score as well as the original song 'Wonka's Welcome Song' (with lyrics written by Elfman and screenwriter John August, and music by Elfman). Elfman has also written the music for 4 other tracks with lyrics based on the lyric chants in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book by Roald Dahl. For the first time since The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elfman sings lyrics for the 4 Oompa-Loompa songs about four of the children who win tickets to tour Willy Wonka's incredible chocolate factory. Elfman's orchestral score and sweet new pop songs perfectly set the mood for this visually stylistic film. Warners. 2005.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenioius, Giddy Music July 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an inspired tour de force of comic insanity, retribution, and an enormous place that makes the most luscious sweets around. Suffice it to say that the soundtrack to this movie must live up to this insanity, which it complements to a tee.

One of the funniest, most surprising things about this movie is the Oompa Loompa's music, which, coincidentally, is a hallmark in the first movie as well. The Oompas Loompas sing to each child as they "get it" in the factory, sending them off with a bit of jabbing and barbing their lesson. Danny Elfman took the words from the actual book, and put them to music. Each child has a different "theme" of music, which becomes almost as comical as the actual song. Combined with inspired choreography, it makes for a laugh-sterical time.

The opening song on the CD is quite catchy and frivilous, which greets the kids and parents as they enter the factory. Most have compared it to a TV show theme, which is very true. Try leaving the theater without that song stuck in your head.

The rest of the CD is magical with music from the movie, and it's typical Elfman fare. It's amazing how much alike his music sounds from one movie to the next, yet each is brilliantly unique.

The first Wonka movie had it's own music, which is indelible and memorable. This movie and music is not meant to replace that classic, but to add a new chorus into an amazing story. You won't regret buying this soundtrack!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory July 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
More of a techno-tune fantasy than the bubbly candy land music of Willy Wonka, Danny Elfman's fantastic and original score for Tim Burton's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is possibly one of the best soundtracks ever from the legendary composer. I've been a huge fan of Elfman, everything from Simpsons to Sleepy Hollow. Hints of Edward Scissorhands and Mars Attacks prevail throughout the running time. Starting off with the up tone antics of 'Wonka's Welcome Song' and the 'Augustus Gloop' and 'Violet Beuregarde' theme tunes, the highlight is track 7: Wonka's First Shop. Equally impressive is 'The Indian Palace' and the charming 'Wheels in Motion'. This is the soundtrack that Danny Elfman was born to compose, combining some previous scores while infusing it's own unique blend of quirky fun. CTCF is one of those soundtracks that make you want to watch the movie even more, and this is a great accompanying soundtrack. Charlie's Birthday Bar and The Golden Ticket/Factory combined with the effortless wit and sparkle of Chocolate Explorers and Loompa Land; this is the soundtrack that all enthusiasts must own. While not as memorable as the classic Bricusse and Newley 1971 oompa-loompa original, given time it will be remembered as one of the best soundtracks ever. This is a must for Elfman and Burton fans, and a great addition to my already extensive Elfman collection.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman is a genius! July 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman is truly a genius. He is up there with the likes of John Williams and Howard Shore, in my opinion.

This album is *BRILLIANT*! Let me write a brief review of each individual lyrical song, and then an overview of the instrumental score....

1) Wonka's Welcome Song -- This song is awesome. It gives one the feeling of listening to "It's A Small World" or "Welcome to Duloc". Couple that with the visuals we've seen in the trailers, and we've got ourselves a truly disturbing, but very fun song. It's creepy, it's annoying, and it serves its purpose well! You'll have this song stuck in your head for *days* (even Tim Burton himself mentioned that he couldn't get it out of his head.)

2) Augustus Gloop -- This song will have you tapping your toes and humming along (or singing, if you know the words, like many fans of the book do). It is catchy, fun, and upbeat. Pure Bollywood. Danny Elfman provides the voice for all the Oompa-Loompas, in all of the kids' song.... But you would *never* be able to tell! It's so hard to describe how great this is!

3) Violet Beauregarde -- This one makes you think of "Kung Fu Fighting" or those Mad TV parodies of '70s cop shows with the pimp-type music, girls with afros, and bellbottom polyester pants. Danny brilliantly rearranged Dahl's words to make this song all about Violet, and it works perfectly. This one, too, will have you itching to get up and dance!

4) Veruca Salt -- I love this song. I'm a huge fan of ABBA, and you can tell Elfman was influenced by them for this song. There is one point in the song where it sounds almost *exactly* like an ABBA song (I'm blanking on which one at the moment). It's brilliant!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Fun, Beautiful July 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman has done it again with the score to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". It's a mix that can go from zany to nasty to beautiful. I've had this CD for almost a month now and I haven't been able to listen to much else! It's perfect for getting the thinking juices flowing, or for just reliving the movie, if that's your thing.

1) The CD kicks off with Willy Wonka's Wonka song, which is bound to get stuck in your head. It sounds sort of like the theme song to a dated kid's show, which fits Willy Wonka perfectly. And it has...yodeling?! It's perpetually, creepily cheery. The way it's intentionally way too happy reminds me of Thomas Newman's "Loverly Spring" that opened the movie A Series of Unfortunate Events.

All the "Brat Songs" are here, too. Elfman used Roald Dahl's lyrics in the songs, so they're a bit nastier than the good old "Oompa Loompa Doopadee Doo" lyrics from the 1971 musical, but they're much more fun! They're completely different, too, not just variations on the same tune like in the original movie.
Augustus Gloop is like an overblown musical, with wailing trumpets and conga-like drums
Violet Beauregarde is my least favorite Brat song. It's pure 70's with funk guitars.
Veruca Salt sounds like an Abba Song! One part sounds like Dancing Queen, but at the end they've got some great 60's sitar. Ha ha ha! This one's just so zany and fun.
Mike Teavee is heavy metal, electric, pumping, and hyperactive. Very Oingo Boingo.

6) The Main Titles is one of the tracks you'll listen to over and over again. It's fun in a sort of nasty way and is sprinkled with quirky little noises that sound like they're from a factory Tim Burton would create (imagine that).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CD and movie review!
The music to this movie is quite lyrical and rather funky. I think the movie is better than Willie Wonk and the Chocolate Factory. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C.E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
As with anything from Danny Elfman this is an eclectic mix of haunting and upbeat music. It is fun to listen to and our children love it as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John C. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cheery chewy music
Leaves you bubbling with energy after listening. Gives you a handfull of tunes cooking in your mind days after listening. broad smile is inevitable.
Published on December 25, 2011 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie...Factory CD
This CD is great! All of the songs and score from the movie! We enjoy figuring out when the music is played in the movie while we are in the car, and it is a great disc to help you... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Andrea Coor
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
This is an awesome soundtrack it is enjoyable and fun to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack, fun and variety!
Of all Danny Elfman's soundtracks, this one probably has the most variety. It is also one of the most peppy! Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by Cranky Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet ear candy.
My 5 year old daughter loves this movie and loves singing the songs to herself, so this cd was a no-brain purchase. Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by N. Ferrara
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird - at its best!
Danny Elfman is creative beyond measure. While much of this CD does not call for me to play it repeatedly (the Oompa-Loompa voices can be quite grating) - the instrumental pieces... Read more
Published on July 30, 2009 by Anna K. Bjugstad
4.0 out of 5 stars Skip the songs, rest is magnificent!
Skip the songs on tracks 1 to 5, the rest is magnificent!

One of the very best Danny Elfman soundtracks.
Published on April 11, 2009 by A. McLaren
3.0 out of 5 stars Gives you what you want and a little less?
Has all the popular songs that are in the movie. However what left us a little disappointed was that the remaining dozen or so songs on the CD are all instrumentals. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by C. Hecker
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