Having proven itself as a favorite film of children around the world, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is every bit as entertaining now as it was when originally released in 1971. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, from the colorful carnival-like splendor of its production design to the infectious melody of the "Oompah-Loompah" songs that punctuate the story. Who can forget those diminutive Oompah-Loompah workers who recite rhyming parental warnings ("Oompah-Loompah, doopity do...") whenever some mischievous child has disobeyed Willy Wonka's orders to remain orderly? Oh, but we're getting ahead of ourselves ... it's really the story of the impoverished Charlie Bucket, who, along with four other kids and their parental guests, wins a coveted golden ticket to enter the fantastic realm of Wonka's mysterious confectionery. After the other kids have proven themselves to be irresponsible brats, it's Charlie who impresses Wonka and wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams. But before that, the tour of Wonka's factory provides a dazzling parade of delights, and with Gene Wilder giving a brilliant performance as the eccentric candyman, Wonka gains an edge of menace and madness that nicely counterbalances the movie's sentimental sweetness. It's that willingness to risk a darker tone--to show that even a wonderland like Wonka's can be a weird and dangerous place if you're a bad kid--that makes this an enduring family classic. --Jeff Shannon
A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character.
- Starring: Gene Wilder
- Director: Mel Stuart
- Encoding: 1 (U.S. and Canada)
- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: November 13, 2022
- Running Time: 100
- Language: English (Dubbed), English (Original Language), French (Subtitled), English (Subtitled), Portuguese (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
- ASIN: B00005QJEF
- Average Customer Review: Based on 285 reviews.
- Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2202
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Don't buy this film!, Aug 12, 2023
I used to love this film a couple years ago, then when I saw Tim Burton's remake, my love for this movie fell apart totally! It's just waaaay off the book! THERE ARE NO GOLDEN GEESE! THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SQUIRRELLS! If you love the book, you'll love the new Willy Wonka movie.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Watch the 2005 Chocolate Factory movie. What is WITH that cowboy outfit???, Aug 9, 2023
What is WITH Mike Teavee's cowboy outfit??? It's HORRIBLE. He looks cuter in the 2005 one (When he's played by Jordan Fry). GET THAT INSTEAD!!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Wild about Wilder, Aug 3, 2023
As a fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory since the 1970s, I may be a little biased, however, the recent re-make can not hold a candle.
If you like musicals, this should definitely be on your list. The songs are delightful and fun,and with the exception of Charlie's Mom's song, I love them all. The screen writing is excellent.
Gene Wilder is masterful as the eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. One can not help but feel anxious as Willy Wonka guides us through the inner workings of his factory.
Adults and children alike will enjoy the lessons one learns from not listening, being selfish, greedy and not respecting others through this timeless classic.
I highly reccommend it to anyone both young and old. No need to have children to "view paradise, simply look around and view it."
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent Movie, Aug 2, 2023
This is a great movie for all ages. I'm 24, and this is my favorite movie of all time.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
A real eye opener!, Jul 25, 2023
This is a real rarity, a documentary that is both thought provoking and entertaining. I had no idea that confectionary factories were run in this way. It's raised so many questions for me. Are all factories equally as reliant upon magic and midgets? Is midget slavery a common practice in factories? Why is nobody doing anything about this cruel practice? I also learned something important, I'm not eating anymore chocolate, not after that fat kid fell in the river and contaminated it all.