- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 18, 2011
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Scrumptious documentary Pure Imagination: The Story of Wily Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- Mouthwatering commentary with the Wonka kids
- 4 sing-along songs
- Stills gallery
- Vintage 1971 featurette
- Theatrical trailer
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 08/24/2001
"...For every dulcet song, there's an unsettling side, uttered with a wide-eyed manic energy..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"[The] psychedelic factory tour is a sugary version of Dante's inferno."
A wry and amusing musical about a world famous candymaker who hides five golden tickets in candy bars for five lucky children. Young, good-natured Charlie (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won' A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the loveable, eccentric, but often mean-spirited Wonka (Gene Wilder) himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy oompa-loompas, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Young, good-natured Charlie wins one of five golden tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won' A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the eccentric but often mean-spirited Wonka himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy elves, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. When it is clear that Charlie is the most trustworthy, kind-hearted and dependable kid, Wonka awards him with a gift that is every child's dream.
Essential Cinema |
- Produced in partnership with Quaker Oats.
- Released theatrically in the USA June 30, 1971.
- Film debut for young Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie. The actor later left the movie business for a career as a veterinarian in New York.
- The laserdisc version features the original and 1996 re-issue theatrical trailers; it also includes a musical score without vocals (on a separate audio channel) for families to sing-along.
- Songs include "Candy Man," "Oompa-Loompa Doopody Doo" and "Pure Imagination."
- Rereleased theatrically, for its 25th anniversary, in Chicago on July 19, 1996.
- Filmed on location in Munich, Germany.