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Comparison Of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Book Versus Movie

Comparison of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Vs. Movie

For this paper, I chose the Roald Dahl modern fantasy book, Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory, and the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl’s

books are mostly fantasy and full of imagination. They are always a little cruel, but never

without humor - a thrilling mixture of the grotesque and comic. A frequent motif is that

people are not what they appear to be. Dahl's works for children are usually told from the

point of view of a child, and they typically involve adult villains, usually women who

hate and mistreat children, and feature at least one "good" adult to counteract the

villain(s). However, this tale offers a different formula in that the adults in Charlie’s life

are good. It is the children that he goes to the factory with that would be considered

“bad” and there are consequences to their bad behavior. This paper will discuss some of

the differences between the book and the film, as well as some of my own thoughts on the

two.

The film stars Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolate maker, Peter Ostrum as Charlie,

and Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe. The film was released in 1971. It was not a full

musical in the usual sense, featuring only six songs. Some were notably well received,

including "The Candy Man Can," and "The Oompa Loompa Song." "Cheer Up, Charlie"

and "I've Got a Golden Ticket" are songs are regularly edited out of TV screenings,

presumably because the songs are widely (but not universally) disliked. Dahl's screenplay

follows his book's basic storyline fairly closely. Mel Stuart's direction however takes

some parts of the movie in a slightly darker direction than the book. One sequence, for

example, the boat ride on the chocolate river, in hindsight shows a psychedelic influence

seen more at rock concerts than in films for children. I think that the book can be enjoyed

by readers 3rd grade and up, but I think the film would be enjoyed by a more mature child,

perhaps 5th or 6th grade.

Other differences between the film and the book include:

The film expanded the role of Wonka's rival Slugworth, who tempts the children to give him the recipe for Wonka's Everlasting Gobstoppers. It turns out at the end, that he is actually an employee of Wonka who participates in a test of character of the ticket holders, which Charlie Bucket passes with flying colors.

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A comparison of two chocolate factories.
By Jeff Otto

Welcome to the second edition of IGN FilmForce's new recurring feature, Double Take. In our first installment, we took a look at the two Exorcist prequels &#Array; comparing, contrasting and deconstructing the two films. The recent summer release onslaught has kept me slammed with work, so it's taken me over a month to take another crack at a Double Take. Rest-assured, as the summer movie season slows down, we hope to bring you Double Take on a more consistent basis.

Today's focus on Double Take are the two films based on Roald Dahl's original novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was originally published in 1964. The first film, released in 1971, was directed by Mel Stuart and featured Gene Wilder as the mysterious and notorious chocolateer, Willy Wonka. The title of this film was changed from the novel title to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Peter Ostrum portrayed Charlie Bucket and Jack Albertson played his Grandpa Joe.

This week another version of Dahl's novel comes to theaters. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this one shares the novel title, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Freddie Highmore portrays Charlie Bucket and David Kelly is Grandpa Joe.

A word of warning. Double Take is intended as an extensive breakdown between two films, and as such it may contain certain spoilers for those who haven't seen both films. Since, however, most of you have likely already seen the 1971 film and the stories are not greatly different, there shouldn't be any major cautions in reading this if you haven't yet seen the Burton film.

In both films, the supporting characters are the same, including Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee (spelled Teavee in the new version), Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop and, of course, the Oompa-Loompas.

I have never actually read the Dahl novel, but I think that should actually make for a more fair comparison between the two films. I have no attachment to the original work, so this comparison is based purely on the merit of the two films. If I miss things that could be explained by the novel, feel free to let me know.

Peter Ostrum as Charlie in 1971

Freddie Highmore as Charlie in 2005

Story/Characters:

As both Wonka and Charlie, as I will hereby refer to them, are based on the Dahl novel, the stories of the two films are very similar. Willy Wonka is the famous and mysterious chocolateer who makes a wide variety of chocolates and candies treasured by children across the world. Years ago, spies were deployed by various candy rivals and many of Wonka's secret recipes were stolen. Unsure of who was responsible for the betrayal, Wonka fired all the workers and closed the door to his factory. Not long after, however, the factory again started churning out chocolate, but no one ever went in or out of the factory. Now, years later, Willy Wonka has decided to reveal the mysteries of the factory to five lucky children. Entrance will be granted to these children in the form of five golden tickets, which are to be randomly inserted into Wonka's chocolate bars. A mad dash results across the world to find the tickets. Five children find the tickets: Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregard, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and Charlie Bucket. The group is taken on a wild and weird tour of the magical chocolate factory that has been shrouded in mystery for so many years. They see the great river of chocolate, meet the strange workers known as the Oompa-Loompas, and discover a gum that can replace an entire meal, amongst many other amazing finds. During the course of the tour, various mishaps result in a dwindling group of tourists. The final remaining child is to get a prize at the end.

Wilder as Wonka

Depp as Wonka

A few key story differences: In Wonka, it's supposed to be a lifetime supply of chocolate as the final prize. In Charlie, the specific gift isn't mentioned, but it is said to be beyond your wildest imagination. The biggest difference in the two films is that Wonka is a musical. In Charlie, only the Oompa-Loompas break into song. Wonka's character is explored more deeply in the new film. We see some flashbacks to his childhood with his candy forbidding dentist father (Christopher Lee) and explore his own childhood demons. Willy Wonka is even more of the central character of the new film, perhaps somewhat ironically considering the title change between the two works. Another difference is the existence of the character known as Slugworth (Wonka's rival). In Wonka, when each child finds a ticket, Slugworth appears to offer them money in exchange for the secrets to Wonka's secretive ever-lasting gobstopper. The new film only mentions such candy spies. Finally, the "abduction" scene of Veruca Salt is now different. Wonka's scene has ducks laying golden eggs, where as Charlie's has squirrels searching for "perfect" nuts.