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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005] (2 discs)

Director:Tim Burton
Writer:John August
Composer:Danny Elfman
Songs:Danny Elfman
Length:115 minutes
(1 hour 55 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:84%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The enigmatic and reclusive Willy Wonka invites five children to take a tour of his chocolate factory.

Reaction: This is a wonderful movie from Tim Burton. It very much captures the feel of the original book.

Personal Rating: 9/10

"You don't know what we're talking about."

Tim Burton => Director
John August => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer / Songs / Oompa Loompa Vocals (voice)
Roald Dahl => Book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Adam Godley => Mr. Teavee
AnnaSophia Robb => Violet Beauregarde (as Annasophia Robb)
Blair Dunlop => Little Willy Wonka
Chris Cresswell => Prodnose
Christopher Lee => Dr. Wonka
David Kelly [II] => Grandpa Joe
David Morris => Grandpa George
Deep Roy => Oompa Loompa
Eileen Essell => Grandma Josephine
Franziska Troegner => Mrs. Gloop
Freddie Highmore => Charlie Bucket
Geoffrey Holder => Narrator
Helena Bonham Carter => Mrs. Bucket
James Fox => Mr. Salt
Johnny Depp => Willy Wonka
Jordan Fry => Mike Teavee
Julia Winter => Veruca Salt
Liz Smith => Grandma Georgina
Missi Pyle => Mrs. Beauregarde
Nitin Ganatra => Prince Pondicherry
Noah Taylor => Mr. Bucket
Oscar James => Shopkeeper
Philip Philmar => Slugworth (as Phil Philmar)
Philip Wiegratz => Augustus Gloop
Tony Kirwood => Finckelgruber

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Nicolas Cage, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Michael Keaton were all considered for the role of Willy Wonka. Marilyn Manson also badly wanted the part.
  • Deep Roy played every Oompa-Loompa himself, repeating the same movements several hundred times. While these were then put together digitally, each Oompa-Loompa represents a separate performance by Roy. In recognition of this, Roy's salary was raised to $1,000,000.
  • In the flashback where Wonka opens his factory, Johnny Depp holds out his giant scissors in a posed fashion, very much in the style of his title character in Edward Scissorhands.
  • Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie (the first being Chocolat). Depp doesn't like the taste of good chocolate - he prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type.
  • The lollipops on the trees, the giant pink sugar canes, and the giant humbugs were real candy.
  • A camera lens wasn't properly secured when trying to get a shot of a vat of chocolate. As a result, the lens fell into the vat, which destroyed it.
  • Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's performance in Finding Neverland that he recommended that Tim Burton observe him for the role of Charlie Bucket.
  • The role of Doctor Wonka (Christopher Lee) was written specifically for the film to give the character of Willy Wonka a bit of a family history.
  • Wonka's line, "Good morning, starshine, the earth says hello," is the first line of the song {Good Morning Sunshine} from the musical Hair.
  • The lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie were written by Roald Dahl himself.