Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Today's review was suggested by the lovely house panther Diamond Emerald-Eyes. She wanted a compare/contrast review of the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and the latest Tim Burton version "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." There is so much to say about both that I have decided to split them up into two weeks. This week I am reviewing the original, starring Gene Wilder.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Directed By: Mel Stuart
Written By: Roald Dahl (screenplay & book)

First off kitties, I have to admit that this original version will always be my favorite. I have watched this film over and over again with my mommy - practically every time it comes on the television. Therefore my review will undoubtedly be just a teensy bit biased.

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" begins by introducing you to Charlie Bucket, a very sweet, very earnest, very poor little boy. Charlie is so sweet that he is almost too good to be true! He lives with his mommy and grandparents in a tumble-down shack, and has even taken a paper route to help his mommy support them all. For Charlie, the biggest treat he gets is a Wonka candy bar once a year, on his birthday. His Grandpa Joe tells him fantastic stories about the mysterious Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory.

One day an announcement is made that is super exciting for Charlie and Grandpa Joe! Willy Wonka has placed 5 golden tickets in his shipment of candy bars, and the 5 people who find the golden tickets will get the chance to tour the factory! Charlie knows he doesn't really stand a chance to win, but he is excited nonetheless. And then, fate takes a hand - Charlie finds a golden ticket!

Charlie and Grandpa Joe are thrilled! They get to meet the infamous Willy Wonka and tour his incredible factory! Charlie and Grandpa Joe show up outside the gates, accompanied by 4 other children and their parents. Right away everyone notices that there is something strange about Willy Wonka - he seems to be very eccentric and talks in riddles. Also, all of the other children seem to be incredibly spoiled.

Willy Wonka guides everyone through his incredible factory - complete with a whole lake of chocolate, edible grass, geese that lay golden chocolate eggs, and other incredible wonders. One of the most amazing wonders are the factory workers: little orange men called Oompa-Loompas! One by one the spoiled children fall to strange mishaps, which are then recapped in song and dance by the Oompa-Loompas. Finally, only Charlie and Grandpa Joe are left. Will Charlie claim the mysterious prize that Wonka promised?

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" is a very fun movie to watch. Not only is it colorful and musical, it is also typically Roald Dahl, with strange twists and turns and often macabre events. At times it can be hard to tell if Willy Wonka is a villain or a hero. Is he cruel or kind? Sometimes a kitty has to ask himself or herself that question. Gene Wilder is amazing as Willy Wonka, and Peter Ostrum is a wonderfully convincing Charlie Bucket.

While there are no kitties involved in this film, it is still a good one to watch. It can serve not only as entertainment, but it also shows what happens to bad and selfish little kittens! I would suggest that everyfurry watch it with their children or younger siblings. I give "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" two paws up and a happy chirp!

19 meows:

Cat Street Boyz said...

Oh our beans LOVE this movie! Mommy thinks Gene Wilder is precious as WILLY WONKA and could never be replaced! In the new movie, the squirrels were the best part!!!! BTW, if you haven't already....Watch, Neverending Story....sorry, no kitties are in it but it is a fantastic story.....=^Y^=Ty & Mommy

Samantha & Mr. Tigger said...

This is our favorite one too Tybalt! Thank you for your review! You brought out the best qualities of this film. I am going to make Mom go rent it for us to watch again!

Gizmo said...

Thanks for your review! Makes me want to go watch it again!
FYI, when I get more members to the Bobtailed Kitties Group I plan to do fun contests and other things. So, let everyone know!
Thanks~ Gizmo =^..^=

The Meezers said...

we has not seen this movie yet. we doesn't know why.


Tara said...

Mom liked the first one a lot, and didn't even bother to see the remake.


DEBRA said...

GOOD movie and review Tybalt.


T'Abby Normal said...

Dear Tybalt,
My mom said she is going to put this on her list of movies to see. Especially since it has Gene Wilder in it. Plus, R. Dahl was such an influence in her formative years, she claims.

Judging by her enthusiasam, she is a little extreme, even doing things like drawing Vermicious Knids in her spare time:

Ms. C's Knid

This so-called Knid looks suspiciously like her former cat. Maybe I am a little jealous.

She is so silly about it I am surprised she has not seen either of those movies. Humans are so weird!
Abby Normal

Daisy said...

We only saw the original version and we loved it! Especially the Oompa Loompas!

Anonymous said...

We're with you on this one, Tybalt! We love the original and were very disappointed with the new one. In fact, we turned it off and never watched the whole thing. Somethings just shouldn't be re-done!

Mickey said...

I really like your reviews Tybalt!!
This is a good one :)
Purrs Mickey

Praline said...

I like Gene Wilder a lot better than Johnny Depp also. Johnny was too dark for this delicious movie.

goldenshade said...

The PM loves that version too. She has the book all ready for when the wee ones start reading.

Great review!

Purrs, Shade and Goldie

JB's Big World said...

My mom has seen this movie too! She likes it a lot and still watches it when it comes on tv, even though mom is pretty old. Great review, bro!

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

We like this portrayal of Willy Wonka but we're also kinda scared of him too. Gene Wilder's got all kindsa crazy in his eyes. Not sayin' that's a bad thing, but it's a little disconcerting.

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

Anyway, Gene Wilder IS a really awesome actor.

Chairman Mao said...

Oh, that's a great moovie! Momma loves it. She loves the books, too!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes! The first version of this film was the best -- I love this one! For some reason it makes me crave Temptations.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Camie's Kitties said...

This is Mom's favorite version of the movie also. She thought the Johnny Depp version was too dark, and bizarre at times.

We thought this was a very good movie, although mom was terrified of the part where Augustus Gloop is sucked up the chocolate tube when she was a kid.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Hi Holly and Ivy,

Thanks for coming and seeing me yesterday and dancing with me.


Sunny's Mommy said...

It is a great movie :-) Can't wait to see your review of the latest one, as I haven't seen that.