Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (franchise)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Original workCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
Print publications
Films and television
Theatrical presentations
Video game(s)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video games (1985 and 2005)
Original music
Theme park attractionsCharlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride (2006–2015)
Candy brandThe Willy Wonka Candy Company (launched 1971; owned by Nestlé since 1988)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a media franchise. It includes two books, two live-action theatrical films, two video games, and a ride.[1]


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[edit]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children's book by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1964 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1967.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator[edit]

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, continuing the story of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka as they travel in the Great Glass Elevator. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf in 1972, and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1973.


First adaptation: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)[edit]

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical[2] film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Mel Stuart, and starred Gene Wilder as Wonka. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a golden ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world. Filming took place in Munich in 1970, and the film was released on June 30, 1971. It received positive reviews, but it was a box office disappointment despite the fact that it recouped its budget. However, it developed into a cult film due to its repeated television airings and home video sales.[3][4] In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

Second adaptation: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)[edit]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 film adaptation of the 1964 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film was directed by Tim Burton. The film stars Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The storyline concerns Charlie, who takes a tour he has won, led by Wonka, through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world. Development for another adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, filmed previously as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, began in 1991, 20 years after the first film version, which resulted in Warner Bros. providing the Dahl Estate with total artistic control. Prior to Burton's involvement, directors such as Gary Ross, Rob Minkoff, Martin Scorsese and Tom Shadyac had been involved, while Warner Bros. either considered or discussed the role of Willy Wonka with Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Michael Keaton, Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Adam Sandler. Burton immediately brought regular collaborators Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman aboard. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory represents the first time since The Nightmare Before Christmas that Elfman contributed to the film score using written songs and his vocals. Filming took place from June to December 2004 at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom, where Burton avoided using digital effects as much as possible. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to critical praise and was a box office success, grossing approximately $475 million worldwide, but received mixed to negative reviews when compared with the original 1971 film.

Cartoon partial adaptation: Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017)[edit]

A direct-to-video animated crossover film adaptation starring Tom and Jerry, entitled Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was released in 2017.[5] It stars JP Karliak as Willy Wonka and is dedicated to Gene Wilder, who died less than a year before the release.

Willy Wonka's Adventures in Loompaland (2020)[edit]

In October 2016 it was confirmed that Warner Bros are planning a prequel film depicting Willy Wonka's "early adventures" prior to the events depicted in the books and films.[6] However, Warner Bros claims that this movie will not be an origin story.[7] In February 2018, Paul King entered final negotiations to direct the film.[8] In November 2018, the producer confirmed it would be a prequel film, which would explore the adventures of Wonka before he opened the chocolate factory.[9]


Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (2004)[edit]

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a musical that combines elements of both Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and of the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with newly created material.[10] The musical has several versions: the original version which premiered in 2004, the Junior version, the Kids version, and the Theatre for Young Audience version. All are owned by Music Theatre International, the company that owns the Willy Wonka license.

The Golden Ticket (2010)[edit]

The Estate of Roald Dahl sanctioned an operatic adaptation called The Golden Ticket. It was written by composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock. The Golden Ticket has completely original music and was commissioned by the American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson (producing artistic director), and Felicity Dahl. The opera received its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on 13 June 2010, in a co-production with American Lyric Theater and Wexford Festival Opera.[11]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013)[edit]

A musical based on the novel, titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory premiered at the West End's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in May 2013 and officially opened on 25 June.[12] The show is directed by Sam Mendes, with new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.[12] The production broke records for weekly ticket sales.[13] Coincidentally, Hodge was also the voice of a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory audiobook, as part of a package of Roald Dahl CDs read by celebrities.

Video games[edit]

There are two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video games, one made in 1985 and another in 2005. The games are based on the book of the same name.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride is a dark ride located in the Cloud Cuckoo Land area of Alton Towers theme park, Staffordshire, England. It is based upon the famous Roald Dahl book of the same name, and takes its thematic inspiration from the illustrations of Quentin Blake. The ride is split into two segments, the first being a boat ride along the chocolate river inside Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Passengers encounter all the characters from the book (going from Augustus Gloop to Veruca Salt) either as simple animatronics or CGI projections. After disembarking the boats the second segment begins with a short pre-show video (involving Mike Teevee). The video is presented as if the viewers are actually trapped within the TV set. The ride continues inside one of two 'Great Glass Elevators' which simulate passengers taking an airborne trip through the rest of the factory. Each elevator is a static room with semi-translucent walls and ceiling on which CGI animations are projected from the outside, and only the floor trembles slightly to give the impression of movement.[14]

Cast and characters[edit]

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Character Films Video game Musicals Animated film
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Broadway)
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka Gene Wilder Johnny Depp
Blair Dunlop (young)
James Arnold Taylor Douglas Hodge Christian Borle JP Karliak
Charlie Bucket Peter Ostrum Freddie Highmore Jack Costello
Tom Klenerman
Isaac Rouse
Louis Suc
Jake Ryan Flynn
Ryan Foust
Ryan Sell
Lincoln Melcher
Grandpa Joe Jack Albertson David Kelly Nigel Planer John Rubinstein Jess Harnell
Oompa Loompas Rusty Goffe
Rudy Borgstaller
George Claydon
Malcolm Dixon
Ismed Hassan
Norman McGlen
Angelo Muscat
Pepe Poupee
Marcus Powell
Albert Wilkinson
Deep Roy Ensemble
Mr. Salt Roy Kinnear James Fox   Clive Carter Ben Crawford Sean Schemmel
Mrs. Salt Pat Coombs Francesca Hunt  
Veruca Salt Julie Dawn Cole Julia Winter Polly Allen
Tia Noakes
Ellie Simons
Emma Pfaeffle# Emily O'Brien
Mr. Beauregarde Leonard Stone   Paul J. Medford Alan H. Green Jess Harnell
Mrs. Beauregarde   Missi Pyle  
Violet Beauregarde Denise Nickerson AnnaSophia Robb India Ria Amarteifio
Adrianna Bertola
Jade Johnson
Mya Olaye
Trista Dollison Dallas Lovato
Mr. Teavee Michael Goodliffe Adam Godley  
Mrs. Teavee Dodo Denney   Iris Roberts Jackie Hoffman Lori Alan
Mike Teavee Paris Themmen Jordan Fry Jay Heyman
Adam Mitchell
Luca Toomey
Michael Wartella Lauren Weisman
Mr. Gloop Kurt Großkurth Harry Taylor  
Mrs. Gloop Ursula Reit Franziska Troegner   Jasna Irvir Kathy Fitzgerald Audrey Wasilewski
Augustus Gloop Michael Bollner Philip Wiegratz Harrison Slater
Jenson Steele
Regan Stokes
F. Michael Haynie Rachel Butera
Mr. Arthur Slugworth/Mr. Wilkinson Gunter Meisner Phil Philmar   Mick Wingert
Mr. Bucket   Noah Taylor   Jack Shalloo    
Mrs. Bucket Diana Sowle Helena Bonham Carter   Alex Clatworthy Emily Padgett Kate Higgins
Grandma Josephine Franziska Liebing Eileen Essell   Roni Page Kristy Cates
Grandma Georgina Dora Altmann Liz Smith   Myra Sands Madeleine Doherty
Grandpa George Ernst Ziegler David Morris   Billy Boyle Paul Slade Smith
Bill/Candy Store Clerk Aubrey Woods Oscar James   Jess Harnell
Mr. Turkentine David Battley   Sean Schemmel
Dr. Wilbur Wonka   Christopher Lee  


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