Charlie and the chocolate factory

Posted by G142 - Friday, November 21st, 2008

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How has the development of characters in Charlie in the Chocolate factory from the orginal Willy Wonka changed to fit the target audience? Have our expectations changed?

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Posted by G8011 - Wednesday, November 02nd, 2011

In the 1971 "Willy Wonka", Charlie doesn't have a father. In the 2005 "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", his father earns a living by putting on toothpaste caps, just as the book character does. In the 1971 movie, Charlie and his grandfather drink Fizzy Lifting Drink without permission, but the 2005 Charlie is more true to the honest character of Charlie. In the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka's background has the mystery as that of the book, but the 2005 version fills in information that is never alluded to in the book (i.e. Willy Wonka's childhood and his estrangement, and later reconciliation, with his father). In this way, the 1971 movie keeps the mystery and "inconquerability" of Willy Wonka alive, but the 2005 version makes him far more vulnerable than he was ever written. In the 1971 movie, Veruca wants a goose that lays a golden egg, but in the 2005 version, like the book, Veruca wants a squirrel. There are scenes from Charlie's school in the 1971 version which never occur in either the book or the later movie. In the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka is supposed to be an older man. Johnny Depp does not quite carry this off in the 2005 movie. The 1971 movie shows the Oompa-Loompas as strange, orange-skinned people wearing odd costumes that are never described in the book. The 2005 version stays true to the "little jungle people" of the book, complete with size, costume and Willy Wonka's meeting with the chief to coax them to work for him. The 1971 movie has the Oompa-Loompas singing words in their songs that are not in the book, but the 2005 version tries to incorporate many of the actual words of their songs, as they are written in the book. The 2005 version portrays the poverty of the Buckets more realistically and graphically than the 1971 movie. The ending of the 1971 movie is more true to the book (except where Charlie is put to the test by Willy Wonka and his accusation of stealing Fizzy Lifting Drink) than the ending of the 2005 movie, where Charlie initially turns down the offer to have the Chocolate Factory.


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