Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly


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Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky…  See more details below


Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), whose poor but loving family lives literally in the shadow of the Wonka factory, is lucky enough to obtain one of the tickets, and Charlie, escorted by his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly), is in for the ride of a lifetime as he tours the strange and remarkable world of Wonka with fellow winners, media-obsessed Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry), harsh and greedy Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), gluttonous Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz), and ultra-competitive Violet Beauregarde (AnnaSophia Robb). Over the course of the day, some of the children will learn difficult lessons about themselves, and one will go on to become Wonka's new right hand. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also stars Christopher Lee, James Fox, and Noah Taylor; the book was famously adapted to the screen before in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder as the eccentric candy tycoon.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
There was trepidation in cinema circles when quirky filmmaker Tim Burton announced that he intended to adapt Roald Dahl’s charming children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, especially among fans of Mel Stuart’s 1971 take on the text, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But that trepidation turned to intense, even feverish anticipation once it was revealed that longtime Burton collaborator Johnny Depp would play the eccentric chocolatier. Happily, the resulting film is an absolute joy from first frame to last. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has its dark moments, just as one would expect in a Burton adaptation of Dahl; yet the movie’s brilliant design and execution grounds it much more in the fantasy realm than within black comedy. Depp’s characterization of Wonka as socially maladjusted and delightfully daft accounts for much of Charlie's effectiveness, and he gets solid support from a well-chosen supporting cast. His youthful costar from Finding Neverland, Freddie Highmore, is letter-perfect as Charlie, the impoverished but good-hearted lad who wins a tour of Wonka’s fabled factory after finding one of five golden tickets packaged in candy bars. The boy brings along his aged but excited grandfather (David Kelly) and experiences all the technological marvels Willy Wonka has developed over the years. Burton presents those marvels with the visual flourish we’ve come to expect: He is a gifted artist whose technicians bring his designs to life with uncanny skill and coordination. The factory is a child’s paradise, a cornucopia of confectionary delights manufactured in a manner so complex as to make Rube Goldberg blush. The film’s episodic plot structure allows for frequent musical transitions: Working, as usual, with composer Danny Elfman, Burton stages these in the fashion of Busby Berkeley production numbers peopled by Wonka’s diminutive employees, the Oompa-Loompas (all played by Indian actor Deep Roy, whose countenance and movements are multiplied a hundredfold by computer animation). Although Burton has rarely exhibited much grasp of simple, sincere human emotions, he invests Charlie with genuine feeling and powerfully conveys a pro-family message that makes this movie one that can -- and should -- be enjoyed by parents and children together.
All Movie Guide
Charismatic and visually stunning, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a bizarre and funny take on this well-known and well-loved morality tale. While the film is an adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, it remains difficult to avoid comparing it to the 1971 film by Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This more recent adaptation was not meant to be connected to the story's earlier incarnation, however, and that may be problematic for fans who are looking for Gene Wilder's coy interpretation of the eccentric candy man. Johnny Depp makes his Willy Wonka less of a slyly charming eccentric and more of a true-to-life shut-in--with a healthy shot of cartoonish fun thrown into the mix. Depp's Willy Wonka isn't a quick-witted father figure with a good-natured plan to teach a lesson to naughty children; he's genuinely shocked and disgusted by the behavior of these greedy youngsters and their maligned parents. His fantastic characterization and charm overpower the absurd comparisons to Michael Jackson, not least because his Wonka doesn't even seem to particularly like kids. Freddie Highmore's performance as Charlie is a breath of fresh air in child-acting, as he remains the only good-hearted kid of the bunch without so much as approaching saccharine. And of course, some mention must be made of Tim Burton's genius take on the Oompa Loompa(s): how many times the awesome Deep Roy had to shoot each scene to create his many alter-egos, we may never know. All these well balanced parts fit together for a compelling story that balances the viewer's need both for dry, unforgiving humor and for childish wonder and hope. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not nearly as suitable for children as its predecessor--the scene in which Veruca Salt is pinned to the floor Gulliver's Travels-style by a group of angry squirrels would be terrifying to a small child. This isn't a strike against the film, however, as this isn't so much a children's movie that's enjoyable to adults, but rather an adult film that will be loved by children. Even actual fans of the book should be delighted as the movie, above all, achieves the bizarre, otherworldly quality of Roald Dahl's work, seducing even the most jaded and corrupt grown-ups to its message with laughter, fantasy and awe.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc One - Movie; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English, Français (Dubbed in Quebec) & Español (Feature Film Only); Disc Two - Scrumptious Special Features:; Becoming Oompa-Loompa - How They Turned One Man Into Hundreds of Oompa-Loompas!; Attack of the Squirrels: A look at the trained Nut-Sorting Squirrels; Fantastic Mr. Dahl: A Look Into the Life of Roald Dahl; Oompa-Loompa Dance:; Learn to Dance Like an Oompa-Loompa; The Inventing Machine:; See what happens to an Oompa-Loompa when you create your own Candy Concoctions; Search for the Golden Ticket: Can you find the Golden Ticket?; And much, Much, More!; DVD-ROM* weblink to the Candymaker's online world

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore Charlie Bucket
David Kelly Grandpa Joe
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Bucket
Noah Taylor Mr. Bucket
Missi Pyle Mrs. Beauregarde
James Fox Mr. Salt
Deep Roy Oompa Loompa
Christopher Lee Dr. Wonka
Adam Godley Mr. Teavee
Franziska Troegner Mrs. Gloop
AnnaSophia Robb Violet Beauregarde
Julia Winter Veruca Salt
Jordan Fry Mike Teavee
Philip Wiegratz Augustus Gloop
Blair Dunlop Little Willy Wonka
Geoffrey Holder Narrator
Liz Smith Grandma Georgina
Eileen Essell Grandma Josephine
David Morris Grandpa George
Nitin Chandra Ganatra Prince Pondicherry
Shelley Conn Princess Pondicherry
Chris Cresswell Prodnose
Phil Philmar Slugworth
Tony Kirwood Finckelgruber
Todd Boyce TV Reporter
Nayef Rashed Moroccan Market Vendor
Menis Yousry Moroccan Market Trader
Harry Taylor Mr. Gloop
Hubertus Geller German Reporter
Francesca Hunt Mrs. Salt
Garick Hagon Denver Reporter
Kevin Eldon Man With Dog
Mark Heap Man With Dog
Roger Frost Tall Man
Oscar James Shopkeeper
Colette Appleby Customer in Shop
Debora Weston Woman in Shop
Annette Badland Jolly Woman
Stephen Hope-Wynne Museum Guard
Danny Elfman Singer
Rick Wentworth Conductor

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
David Allday Art Director
Rosie Ashforth Animator
François Audouy Art Director
John August Screenwriter
Craig Bardsley Animator
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Brendan Body Animator
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
William Booker Asst. Director
Abi Brotherton Makeup
Graham Burke Executive Producer
Cathy Burzack Makeup
Federico Cascinelli Animator
Karen Cohen Makeup
Siobhan Coughlan Stunts
David Cronnelly Stunts
Mike Cussack Animator
Felicity Dahl Executive Producer
Julie Dartnell Makeup
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Ricky English Stunts
Susie Figgis Casting
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director,Co-producer
Derek Frey Associate Producer
Matt Gray Art Director
Brad Grey Producer
Cecily Fay Harris Stunts
Sean Haworth Art Director
Eunice Huthart Stunts
Francesca Jaynes Choreography
Ian Kay Stunts
Chris Lebenzon Editor
James Lewis Art Director
Tina Maskell Stunts
Patrick McCormick Executive Producer
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Vince McGahon Camera Operator
John Munro Makeup
Andrew Nicholson Art Director
Neal Norton Cinematographer
Peter Owen Makeup
John Palmer Camera Operator
Maurizio Parimbelli Animator
Craig Penn Animator
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Poster Pictures Consultant/advisor
Andres Puente Animator
Carol Robinson Makeup
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Michael Siegel Executive Producer
Gareth Tandy Asst. Director
Julie Thom Makeup
Nathalie Tissier Makeup
Mathieu Vig Animator
Rachel Ward Animator
Des Whelan Camera Operator
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Leonard Woodcock Stunts
Tim Wooster Camera Operator
Steen Young Stunts
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Movie
1. Candy-Coated Credits [4:13]
2. Years Ago [3:40]
3. Chocolate Palace [1:59]
4. It's a Mystery [3:38]
5. Golden Ticket Mania [3:13]
6. Augustus Gloop and Veruca Salt [3:06]
7. Birthday Bar [2:08]
8. Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee [2:48]
9. A Setback and a Fling [2:48]
10. Finding Gold [3:47]
11. Are You a Dummy? [1:37]
12. Really Willy Wonka [5:01]
13. Let's Be Friends [2:20]
14. Everything's Eatable [3:51]
15. Loompaland [2:41]
16. Clog and Song: Augustus Gloop [1:16]
17. Pink Sugar Boat [5:49]
18. Dr. Wilbur Wonka [2:29]
19. Chocolate River Rapids [2:29]
20. Turning Violet [2:11]
21. Song: Violet Beauregarde [5:55]
22. First Candy Flashback [2:23]
23. Squirrels and Bad Nuts [2:00]
24. Song: Veruca Salt [5:15]
25. Glass Elevator Flashback [2:55]
26. Chocolate Transmission [3:39]
27. Song: Mike Teavee [4:13]
28. Up and Out [5:09]
29. Winner's Choice [3:29]
30. Charlie's Advice [4:15]
31. Something Even Better [3:13]
32. End Credits [4:28]

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