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January 29: Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp?

on January 29, 2012

Oompa Loompa Doopa-Dee Doo – I’ve got another puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa Doopa-Dee Dee – If you are wise you will listen to me

These days every man and his dog is working on a remake. The one that has gotten my goat the most would have to be Charlie and The Chocolate Factory without a doubt. I mean, seriously, since when has it been Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Sheesh!

Charlie went from being the ultimate kid-flick to the ultimate kid-flop. It became Scary, troubling and mildly psychedelic.

I grew up with the ridgey-didge movie, and dated from it for many years. My nephew who is 6 loves the new one to “the moon and back” and won’t watch the old one because its not real.

I grew up in a land of SnozLickers and FizzyLiftingDrink. Brock is growing up in a world of crazy bobs, weird sunglasses and movie plots so far removed from the original that it is almost unrecognisable.

Tim Burton is a celluloid genuis – there is no denying that. He brought us the amazing classic “Nightmare on Christmas” which provided a hero for many generations.

But I do believe this is one classic he just should not have messed with. Everyone who loves the original knows that it is not squirrels, but geese. And there were a cast of many little people, not just one who was repeated over and over and over again.

Growing up with Willy Wonka taught me that being greedy meant you went to a sticky end – and you may be blown up like a blue berry. Being rude meant you never had any true friends, and would end up in the Dumpster, if the Incinerator was not working; It taught me that not selling the important people out meant that you would be rewarded at some stage for it. And if anyone wanted your Wonka lolly, you didn’t give it to them because they may have been working for Slugworth!

It showed me that being different didn’t mean you would have no job – someone would come through for you.

The original Willy Wonka was about being nice, polite, faithful and loyal, not to mention scrupulously honest. It was about standing by your friends, even if it meant you missed out.

It’s Scrumdiddlyumptious! was a catchy cry that immediately linked the lovers of Gene Wiilder together.

Now, I am not saying that the movie was perfect. In fact, Roald Dahl was so angry about the re-write David Seltzer did of his book to turn it into movie form that he refused them permission to make a second movie out of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

But it is what my generation and the one before grew up with. It was and still is, a favorite of mine.

To change something that was not far short of an institution is always met with some resistance from the die-hard fan‘s like me.

But is it worth the notoriety that comes with change when you potentially alienate fans of the original movie?

What do you think?
Is there a movie that has been re-made that you loved/hated?


3 responses to “January 29: Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp?

  1. Mum says:

    Tim Burton created Nightmare BEFORE Christmas.
    The original also taught that just being poor didn’t hold anybody back, family support was everything. Loyalty was bountiful in that script!
    I am such an old fogey at times, loved the original (and am a true Johnny Depp fan) but have never seen the remake, I am just not interested.. In the words of my grandson “It’s not real”

  2. Caroline says:

    I don’t like either of these films. Both are WEIRD!!! And this coming from a Dr Who/ Star Trek fan from way back…but all my girls love the Johnny Depp version 😛

  3. Beth says:

    I love both! The Tim Burton version is truer to the novel, and even has the same title (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). They’re both completely different and sometimes I feel like watching the new one, and other times the old one!

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