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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Front Cover Actor
Johnny Depp Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore Charlie Bucket
David Kelly Grandpa Joe
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Bucket
Noah Taylor Mr. Bucket
Missi Pyle Mrs. Beauregarde
James Fox Mr. Salt
Deep Roy Oompa Loompa
Christopher Lee Dr. Wonka
Adam Godley Mr. Teavee
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Comedy; Family; Fantasy
Director Tim Burton
Producer Brad Grey; Lorne Orleans
Writer Roald Dahl; John August
Photography Philippe Rousselot
Musician Danny Elfman
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 115 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.3 (63,971 votes)
Mixed reviews and creepy comparisons to Michael Jackson notwithstanding, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would almost surely meet with Roald Dahl's approval. The celebrated author of darkly offbeat children's books vehemently disapproved of 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hence the change in title), so it's only fitting that Burton and his frequent star/collaborator, Johnny Depp, should have another go, infusing the enigmatic candyman's tale with their own unique brand of imaginative oddity. Depp's pale, androgynous Wonka led some to suspect a partial riff on that most controversial of eternal children, Michael Jackson, but Burton's film is too expansively magnificent to be so narrowly defined. While preserving Dahl's morality tale on the hazards of indulgent excess, Burton's riotous explosion of color provides a wondrous setting for the lessons learned by Charlie Bucket (played by Freddie Highmore, Depp's delightful costar in Finding Neverland), as he and other, less admirable children enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Wonka's confectionary wonderland. Elaborate visual effects make this an eye-candy overdose (including digitally multiplied Oompa-Loompas, all played by diminutive actor Deep Roy), and the film's underlying weirdness is exaggerated by Depp's admirably risky but ultimately off-putting performance. Of course, none of this stops Burton's Charlie from being the must-own family DVD of 2005's holiday season, perhaps even for those who staunchly defend Gene Wilder's portrayal of Wonka from 34 years earlier. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 1045
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/22/2008
Links Amazon US
Product Details
Format HD DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC (Barcode) 012569809260
Release Date 10/10/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Also Known As:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience (USA) (IMAX version)

Filming Locations:
Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (more)

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. (more)

Continuity: When they are showing the winners of the 3rd and 4th golden ticket winners, there are 4 shots of Charlie watching the TV. In the first and third shot, grandma Georgina's head is upward off the pillow. In the second and fourth shots, her head is resting on the pillow laying down. (more)

[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of an ordinary little boy named Charlie Bucket. He was not faster, or stronger, or more clever than other children. His family was not rich or powerful or well-connected; in fact, they barely had enough to eat. Charlie Bucket was the luckiest boy in the entire world. He just didn't know it yet.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 31 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
References "The Addams Family" (1964) (more)