Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Mel StuartI received Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a Christmas gift, and after reading a Roald Dahl book, this seemed like a good followup.
A coffee table book with lots of pictures, this book provides a decent overview of one of the more whimsical movies of the early 1970s. Mel Stuart, the director, discusses the origin of the project (his daughter recommended the book to him), Dahls involvement (he wrote the first draft of the screenplay), and the casting of the characters, as well as a discussion of the sets and a little info on the special effects.
IMHO, this isnt a full, insider account of all youve ever wanted to know about the film, but its probably the closest were going to get. I would have liked to hear more from the actors themselves, as well as Dahls side of the story, for example. If you have the 30th anniversary edition of the movie on DVD, a lot of this material will sound familiar from the audio commentary... hmm... I wonder which came first?
Some of the behind the scenes info is interesting: Quaker Oats was the main finance source, seeing the movie as an advertising vehicle for a new candy offering, the Wonka bar. However, their R&D bogged down and they never actually made the candy! I did appreciate the where are they now information & photos of the child actors; Mike Teevee was probably the most recognizable of the children, something about the mischievous glint in his eyes, I think!
The writing was serviceable and the photo choices were quite good, with a mix of publicity shots and behind the scenes views... more concept sketches would have been welcome; I think the Art of [Pixar Animated Film] books have spoiled me!
Recommended as a library read or used book purchase for fans of the movie.
This Theory Will Change How You See 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory'
I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause. One night the Oompa Loompas grabbed all the shoes, tied the laces together, and left them in a pile to be found in the morning. In a Reddit AMA , he revealed that he also gets the occasional cheque in the mail for his work in the film. Some people believe that Willy Wonka is actually a murderous villain who uses deceased children to make his chocolate. Then he set up elaborate scenarios once the children were inside his factory to test their morality. Could Augustus Gloop resist a river of chocolate? Could Violet Beauregarde resist a revolutionary piece of chewing gum?
The theory suggests Charlie was given the fifth golden ticket on purpose, and a few small details from the film may prove it. He wanted somebody to find the last ticket the pure way, not just as part of the contest to win the lifetime supply of chocolate. He also wanted somebody local for many reasons. The Redditor surmises that to pull this off, Wonka secretly had someone working for him: Bill, the guy running the candy shop. Remember, Willy Wonka did already have one person working for him as a double agent. Bill gives the kids candy and sells it as well.
When life feels like an endless dinner of cabbage water, my go-to move is to put in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The reason for this?
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One crisp snowy day, some kids from school were running to the Candy Store and the candy man sings "The Candy Man" song. A mysterious tinker recites the lines of William Allingham's poem "The Fairies", and tells Charlie, "Nobody ever goes in, and nobody ever comes out. Later that night after he tells Grandpa Joe about the tinker, Joe explains that Charlie was right and told him it was revealed that Wonka locked the factory. Slugworth, and other candy makers sent spies dressed as employees to steal Wonka's recipes. Wonka disappeared, but three years later began selling more candy. The origin of Wonka's labour force is a mystery.
Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Showing all items. The reactions of the actors and actresses in some scenes are spontaneous. For example, when the children first enter the Chocolate Room and see the candy gardens, their reactions are real, it was really their first view of that particular set.