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Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory
Having proven itself as a favorite film of children around the world, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is every bit as entertaining now as it was when originally released in 1971. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, from the colorful carnival-like splendor of its production design to the infectious melody of the "Oompah-Loompah" songs that punctuate the story. Who can forget those diminutive Oompah-Loompah workers who recite rhyming parental warnings ("Oompah-Loompah, doopity do...") whenever some mischievous child has disobeyed Willy Wonka's orders to remain orderly? Oh, but we're getting ahead of ourselves ... it's really the story of the impoverished Charlie Bucket, who, along with four other kids and their parental guests, wins a coveted golden ticket to enter the fantastic realm of Wonka's mysterious confectionery. After the other kids have proven themselves to be irresponsible brats, it's Charlie who impresses Wonka and wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams. But before that, the tour of Wonka's factory provides a dazzling parade of delights, and with Gene Wilder giving a brilliant performance as the eccentric candyman, Wonka gains an edge of menace and madness that nicely counterbalances the movie's sentimental sweetness. It's that willingness to risk a darker tone--to show that even a wonderland like Wonka's can be a weird and dangerous place if you're a bad kid--that makes this an enduring family classic. --Jeff Shannon
A lot of movies from my childhood seem really dated when watching now with kids, but this one is just as good today as it was in the 70s. Gene Wilder is so great in this movie! Read morePublished 3 days ago by sunny_peach
Great movie for a 4-yr old. No scary bad guys, nobody hurting anybody else, just behavior consequences.Published 7 days ago by Another Jenny
Willy Wonka is the wonderful character ever; a dream himself. The movie is a wonderland that is almost believable, unlike the newer version.Published 9 days ago by SaraS
Love willy and passing it on to the kids and the love him too now...Published 11 days ago by john terray
Gene Wilder is amazing as Willy Wonka! The best! I love this movie so much more than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory even though I like Johnny Depp. Read morePublished 11 days ago by DCO
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|Why is Willie Wonka Blu Ray selling for over $40?||
I haven't heard of any news of an anniversary edition, but as for the high price of the current copies, it's because it must be out-of-print. Everytime a movie on any format goes out of print, the prices skyrocket.
May 22, 2011 by mhn92 | See all 4 posts
|Which should I order--fullscreen or widescreen?||
imdb.com states the aspect ratio of this movie as 1:85:1, so the "full screen" version has parts of the image cut off on the sides, while the "wide screen" version shows the complete picture.
Jul 4, 2011 by Christian Wolff | See all 3 posts
|Which Wonka and movie is better? Wilder's Wonka or Depp's Wonka?||
My children have watched both, and to quote my daughter " The new Wonka creeps me out" She requested the original Willy Wonka for Christmas, and threatened to toss the Depp version if she got it.
Dec 16, 2007 by M. Anderson | See all 36 posts
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