Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Certificate: PG | Released: 2005 | Duration: 1 hr 50 mins | Director: Tim Burton | Studio: Warner Home Video | Genres: Comedy - Audio Descriptive - Family - Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Most nights in the Bucket home, dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup, which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother (HELENA BONHAM CARTER) and father (NOAH TAYLOR) and both pairs of grandparents. Theirs is a tiny, tumbledown, drafty old house but it is filled with love. Every night, the last thing Charlie sees from his window is the great factory, and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside...

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Take an unforgettable, uniquely magical journey through director Tim Burton's deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.When eccentric candy man Willy Wonka promises a lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of his chocolate factory to five lucky kids, penniless Charlie Bucket seeks the priceless golden ticket that will make him a winner. Thanks to his Grandpa Joe, Charlie gets the prize of his dreams! But a far more wonderful surprise than Charlie ever imagined awaits him.In a land of chocolate waterfalls, giant lollipops, edible flowers and, of course, Oompa Loompas, it's nonstop, mouth-watering fun in the timeless fantasy Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

This modern version of the child's classic is a mesmerizing magical tale from start to finish starring Jonny Depp as the wonderous Willy Wonka.

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Chicago Tribune - 10.0/10 by Michael Wilmington A peach of a story delightfully imagined by Dahl and lushly realized by Burton. It's full of witty or awesome scenes, flights of fancy and characters either totally, lovably sweet or outrageously, humorously rotten.
L.A. Weekly - 8.0/10 by Ella Taylor The first half of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a brilliant blend of the best of Burton and Dahl, with some unexpected input from Charles Dickens. In the second half, the contraptions take over, drowning whatever story remains...But it falls frustratingly short of the masterpiece it might have been.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8.0/10 by Kirk Honeycutt Here's a film about kids and for kids that has not lost touch with what it is like to actually be a kid.
Miami Herald - 6.3/10 by Rene Rodriguez It's Depp's misfire that keeps the picture from becoming a genuinely sweet pleasure: As it stands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the equivalent of NutriSweet.
Film Threat - 7.0/10 by Pete Vonder Haar Burton fans and those eager for a more accurate adaptation of the novel will be happy with this new movie, while nostalgia-addled Gen X-ers and stoners of all ages will always have the original.
Charlotte Observer - 8.8/10 by Lawrence Toppman Bizarrely entertaining and brilliantly designed.
Christian Science Monitor - 10.0/10 by David Sterritt On the screen, Burton turns out to BE the ideal filmmaker for this deliciously bizarre yarn. He's given free rein to his fantasies in past movies, but rarely as wittily and consistently as he does here.
New York Daily News - 6.3/10 by Jami Bernard The eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) can't feel pleasure, even though he's surrounded by it, so it's weirdly appropriate that the movie isn't "fun," even if it's amazing to look at.

Movie Trivia

  • The location of Wonka's chocolate factory was intentionally kept ambiguous by director Tim Burton. He made the architecture and street layouts appear like it was set in the UK, but also included American clothing and visuals such as mailboxes.
  • This film marks the fourth time that director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have worked together. Their previous movies include Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow.
  • Real chocolate was used for such things as the trees, flowers and the lake that Wonka steers his boat. It took 20 weeks to build a boat that could actually float on chocolate.
  • This is Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie, having also starred in Chocolat. Depp has said that he doesn't like the taste of expensive chocolate and much prefers the cheap, Easter-egg kind.
  • 40 squirrels were trained to peel nuts for the nut-sorting room scene. It took four trainers 19 weeks to bring the squirrels up to speed with the process.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Awards

Academy Award Nominations: 1

  • 2006: Best Achievement in Costume Design - Gabriella Pescucci

BAFTA Award Nominations: 4

  • 2006: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects - Chas Jarrett, Nick Davis, Joss Williams, Jon Thum
  • 2006: Best Costume Design - Gabriella Pescucci
  • 2006: Best Make Up/Hair - Peter Owen, Ivana Primorac
  • 2006: Best Production Design/Art Direction - Alex McDowell

Golden Globe Award Nominations: 1

  • 2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy - Johnny Depp

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