Thursday, May 19, 2011

In Case You Missed It - Willie Wonka Cast

Did you see the cast of the 1971 movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on the Today Show recently? In case you missed it, click the link to watch it!

No offense to Johnny Depp, but Gene Wilder really nailed that part. It's fun to hear a little on-set gossip about the making of the movie from long ago. Even if the fruity wallpaper really only "tasted like wallpaper"!

Of course, nothing can match the book itself, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but you can't help liking those portrayals of Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, and the rest. Note that the adult "Charlie" (Peter Ostrum) seems just as sweet as the child did. I got a kick out of seeing how each of those children turned out 40 years later.

And did you know that Roald Dahl went to school near a chocolate factory? Apparently the boys at his school were sometimes called upon to test the chocolates. No wonder he came up with such a great story!

3 comments:

kathy@bookskidslike.com said...

I bet that was really neat! I haven't watched the new Willy Wonka but I can't believe anyone can play the part better then Gene Wilder!

Kate Coombs said...

Kathy--Yes. Just click the link and you can watch the whole thing.

Doret said...

The reporter who did the interview was great.