Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Maybe it’s just me, but the trailer for the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]( looks more like a nightmare that Gene Wilder would have right after seeing [Edward Scissorhands]( than a remake of a beloved movie. Kind of creepy, isn’t it? The original is one of my girls’ favorite movies.


  1. From what I’ve read online, this movie is actually more true to the book than the Gene Wilder version. I’ve never read it, though, so I can’t vouch for that. You can probably find out more with a little Google-action.

  2. Judi Sohn says:

    That is true, Jack. I did read the book as a kid, and Laini read it recently. It wasn’t quite as whimsical or musical as the Gene Wilder movie…but the trailer makes it appear a little dark and psychotic which I *definitely* didn’t pick up from the book. Laini can’t stand anything even remotely “off” like that and she enjoyed the book.

  3. It’s Tim Burton. What did you expect? 🙂

    I guess it’s about time I read that darn book, too. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. jesse says:

    I think read somewhere that the original author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hated the Gene Wilder movie version. I personally am looking forward to the Tim Burton version though… Johnny Depp has failed to disappoint lately.

    Although the preview does actually remind me of the sing-songy creepily happy version of the suburbs in Edward Scissorhands.

  5. I loved the book when I was a kid. But when I saw the movie, I was severely disappointed. The chocolate river didn’t look like chocolate, just dirty water. The glass elevator wasn’t glass. And they even added a scene where Charlie and his grandfather broke the rules, which completely invalidated the entire story. Oh, and then there was all the singing. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the new version.

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