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|What wonders await you in Willy Wonka's factory? Explore fields of soft minty sugar grass in the Chocolate Room... Sail along the Chocolate River in a pink sugar boat... Experiment with Everlasting Gobstoppers in the Inventing Room... Observe talented squirrels in the Nut Room and travel to the Television Room by a glass elevator. You'll find a lot that's funny, a little that's mysterious... and an adventure as sweet as a satisfying as a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight bar. This dazzling film adapted from Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, is your Golden Ticket to a world so inventive, so imaginative, you won't want to miss a delicious moment!|
"An exhilarating and fanciful movie that never drowns in money or technology. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A feast for the eyes and the imagination. Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight
"Wondrous. You've never seen anything like this before. A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Destined to become a family movie classic! Clay Smith, Access Hollywood
"Two thumbs up. Ebert & Roeper
"****. The year's hippest family fantasy! Thelma Adams, US Weekly
Editor's NoteWho better to bring Roald Dahl's adored children's story to life than the mastermind behind inventive films like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and BEETLEJUICE? From Tim Burton's opening shot--against Danny Elfman's eerie score--this CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is recognizably darker than the Mel Stuart-directed 1971 version starring Gene Wilder. Though the mysterious chocolate factory has been closed for 15 years, it continues to produce and ship candy all over the world. When a contest promises a tour of the plant to the lucky finders of five golden tickets hidden inside wrappers, no one is more excited than Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), an impoverished boy whose family lives mere steps from the factory. Though he can barely afford even one candy bar, fate intervenes, and Charlie finds the last golden ticket.Joined at the gates by a group of despicable brats named Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, and Mike Teavee, Charlie and his Grandfather (David Kelly) venture inside proprietor Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) delightful factory for a wild adventure. Each room is a feast for the eyes, and more importantly the taste buds--a sugarcoated dreamland where everything is edible. One by one, however, the children meet unfortunate fates, until only Charlie remains in the company of Wonka and his curiously small workers, the Oompa Loompas (all played by Deep Roy, whose image is multiplied with CG). Sporting a severe bob, and talking in a high-pitched voice, Depp makes his Wonka even weirder than Wilder's. While Burton adds some amusing contemporary touches (like the musical Oompa Loompa routines), and an elaborate back story, he also preserves the charm of the original book. Overall, Burton's visual innovation succeeds in capturing the vividness of a child's imagination--but whether this version trumps the beloved '71 film is for viewers to decide.
Cast & Crew
|Helena Bonham Carter|
|Alex McDowell - Production Designer|
|Brad Grey, et. al. - Producer|
|Bruce Berman, et. al. - Executive Producer|
|Chris Lebenzon - Editor|
|Danny Elfman - Original Music By|
|John August - Screenplay|
|Philippe Rousselot - Cinematographer|
|Roald Dahl - Based On Novel By|
|Tim Burton - Director|
Synopsis: Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka ...