Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket.
The Dahl Estate was given complete artistic freedom on another adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, previously shot as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which began in 1991, 20 years after the initial cinematic adaptation.
Burton immediately enlisted the help of frequent collaborators Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marks the first time Elfman has contributed to a film score with written songs and his voice since The Nightmare Before Christmas. Before Burton, directors including Gary Ross, Rob Minkoff, Martin Scorsese, and Tom Shadyac were involved, and Warner Bros. considered or discussed Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Michael Keaton, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, and Adam Sandler for the role of Willy Wonka.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to critical praise and was a box office success, grossing approximately $475 million worldwide.
Willy Wonka, the world’s most famous candy maker, decides to open his chocolate factory to five children. He conducts a contest in which five lucky youngsters can win five golden tickets hidden in five different chocolate bars, sparking chaos. Charlie Bucket, a very exceptional youngster, finds the fifth (and last) ticket. The other four kids who discover the golden tickets are completely rotten. Charlie joins the other youngsters to investigate the very hidden candy factory, accompanied by his grandfather (who used to work in Willy Wonka’s business).
20 Interesting facts about the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Nestlé provided 1,850 bars of real chocolate for the production of the movie.
- Forty squirrels were trained for the scene where they pounce upon the character Veruca Salt.
- The lollipops on the trees, the giant pink sugar canes, and the giant humbugs were real candy.
- Deep Roy played every Oompa-Loompa himself, repeating the same movements several hundred times. Each Oompa-Loompa represents a different Roy performance, which was then digitally combined. Roy’s pay was increased to $1,000,000.00 as a result of this.
5. Some of the buttons in the Glass elevator: Incompetent Fools, T-Bone Steak Jell-O, Secretarial Poodles, Cocoa Cats, Mechanical Clouds, Stars in their Pies, Nice Plums, Up And Out, Fragile Eggs, Black Box of Frogs, Weird Lollipops, Mighty Jam Monitor, Creative Dog Flip, Elastic Forest, Leaky Canes, Dessert Island, Pie Cream, Spewed Vegetables, Naffy Taffy, Lickety Split Peas, Honeycombs and Brushes, Old Sneezes and Smells Dept. Television Room, Whizzdoodles, Chocolate Lip Rookies, Blackberry Sausages, Yankee Doodles, Orange Egg Flip, Root Beer Goggles, Pastry Room, Heart Shaped Lungs, Projection Room.
6. Charlie’s father works at a toothpaste factory which makes Smilex toothpaste. Smilex is the name of the products concocted by the Joker in Batman (1989), also directed by Tim Burton.
7. Wonka tells young Willy that some people are allergic to chocolate to discourage him from eating any candy. As a child, Johnny Depp was allergic to chocolate.
8. The lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie were written by Roald Dahl himself. The lyrics to the Oompa-Loompa songs are adapted from the original book, and are thus credited to Roald Dahl.
10. Danny Elfman also wrote and performed the vocals for four songs, with pitch changes and modulations to represent different singers.
11. Following Burton’s suggestion, each song in the score is designed to reflect a different archetype. “Wonka’s Welcome Song” is a maddeningly cheerful theme park ditty, “Augustus Gloop” a Bollywood spectacle (per Deep Roy’s suggestion), “Violet Beauregarde” is 1970s funk, “Veruca Salt” is 1960s bubblegum pop /psychedelic pop, and “Mike Teavee” is a tribute to late 1970s hard rock (such as Queen) / early 1980s hair bands.
13. This movie is the fifth Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration in 15 years. This is the fifth film that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have made together. The others are Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Corpse Bride (2005).
14. 206,563.48 US gallons (781,927.83 liters) of fake chocolate were made for the river area while 38,430.42 US gallons (145,474.96 liters) of it were made for the waterfall. The grand total of all the fake chocolate used on stage was 244,993.98 US gallons (927,403.1 liters).
16. In the TV room scene, the movie that the chocolate bar was teleported into is implied to be Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The monkeys’ actions toward the chocolate bar are a re-enactment of the film’s early scenes, and the film’s theme song was also used in that sequence.
17. The flash-back about Willy Wonka’s childhood and his being obliged to wear a huge dental brace are not from the original book. The brace is a reference to Tim Burton’s own childhood.
18, The role of Doctor Wilbur Wonka (Christopher Lee) was written specifically for the film to give the character of Willy Wonka a bit of a family history.
Although there was no sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl did write one. Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is set in London. It continues the narrative of young Charlie Bucket and eccentric candymaker Willy Wonka as they go on the Great Glass Elevator in the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1972, and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1973.
Unlike its predecessor, this book has never been adapted into a film. Dahl was so displeased by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) that he declined to have a film adaptation made. Although components from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator are seen at the end of the film, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have stated that they have no plans to make a sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dahl had intended to write a third book in the series but never finished it.
A follow-up to the book was planned, called Charlie in the White House. Charlie’s family and Willy Wonka are invited by President Gilligrass to have dinner at the White House, as thanks for rescuing the Space Shuttle from its attack by the Vermicious Knids.
Only the first chapter was written by Dahl, and it is on exhibit at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, where he lived from 1954 until 1990.
Awards and nominations
- Costume designer Gabriella Pescucci received an Academy Award nomination, but lost to Colleen Atwood on Memoirs of a Geisha.
- Johnny Depp lost the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy to Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line.
- More nominations followed from the British Academy Film Awards for Visual Effects, Costume Design (Pescucci), Makeup & Hair (Peter Owen and Ivana Primorac) and Production Design (Alex McDowell).
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, as well as Performance by a Younger Actor (Freddie Highmore), Music (Danny Elfman) and Costume (Pescucci).
- Elfman and screenwriter John August were nominated for a Grammy Award with “Wonka’s Welcome Song“.
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