Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (franchise)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a media franchise based on the 1964 novel of the same name by British author Roald Dahl. It includes two books, two live-action theatrical films, two video games, and a ride.[2]

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)
Original music
Theme park attraction(s)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride (2006–2015)
Candy brandThe Willy Wonka Candy Company (1971–2015; today named Nestlé Candy Shop)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)Edit

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 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 (1973)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.

Charlie in the White House (Unfinished sequel)Edit

A follow-up to the book was planned, called Charlie in the White House. Charlie's family and Mr. Wonka are invited by President Gilligrass to have dinner at the White House, as thanks for rescuing the spacecraft from its attack by the Vermicious Knids. Dahl only wrote the first chapter, which is on display at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden.[3]


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)Edit

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical[4] 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.[5][6] In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

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.

Wonka (2023)Edit

A prequel film, focusing on a Young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world's most famous chocolate factory, titled Wonka, will be released on March 17, 2023 with Paul King directing and David Heyman producing.[7] On May 24, 2021, it was announced that Timothée Chalamet had been cast to portray Young Willy Wonka in the film.[8]


Untitled television series (TBA)Edit

On November 27, 2018, Netflix announced they are developing an "animated series event" based on Roald Dahl's books, which will include a television series based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the novel's sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.[9][10]


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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] The show is directed by Sam Mendes, with new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.[13] The production broke records for weekly ticket sales.[14] 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 gamesEdit

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


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.[15]

Cast and charactersEdit

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Character Films Musicals
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Wonka Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(West End)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka Gene Wilder Johnny Depp
Blair Dunlop (young)
Timothée Chalamet Douglas Hodge Christian Borle
Charlie Bucket Peter Ostrum Freddie Highmore Jack Costello
Tom Klenerman
Isaac Rouse
Louis Suc
Jake Ryan Flynn
Ryan Foust
Ryan Sell
Grandpa Joe Jack Albertson David Kelly Nigel Planer John Rubinstein
Oompa Loompas Rusty Goffe
Rudy Borgstaller
George Claydon
Malcom Dixon
Ismed Hassan
Norma McGlen
Angelo Muscat
Pepe Poupee
Marcus Powell
Albert Wilkinson
Deep Roy Ensemble
Augustus Gloop Michael Bollner Philip Wiegratz Harrison Slater
Jenson Steele
Regan Stokes
F. Michael Haynie
Veruca Salt Julie Dawn Cole Julia Winter Polly Allen
Tia Noakes
Ellie Simons
Emma Pfaeffle
Violet Beauregarde Denise Nickerson AnnaSophia Robb India Ria Amarteifio
Adrianna Bertola
Jade Johnson
Mya Olaye
Trista Dollison
Mike Teavee Paris Themmen Jordan Fry Jay Heyman
Adam Mitchell
Luca Toomey
Michael Wartella
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
Mr. Salt Roy Kinnear James Fox Clive Carter Ben Crawford
Mrs. Salt Pat Coombs Francesca Hunt  
Mr. Teavee Michael Goodliffe Adam Godley  
Mrs. Teavee Dodo Denney Francesca Albini Iris Roberts Jackie Hoffman
Mr. Gloop Kurt Großkurth Harry Taylor  
Mrs. Gloop Ursula Reit Franziska Troegner Jasna Irvir Kathy Fitzgerald
Slugworth Gunter Meisner Phil Philmar  
Mrs. Bucket Diana Sowle Helena Bonham Carter Alex Clatworthy Emily Padgett
Bill / Candy Store Clerk Aubrey Woods Oscar James  
Mr. Beauregarde Leonard Stone   Paul J. Medford Alan H. Green
Mr. Turkentine David Battley  
Dr. Wilbur Wonka   Christopher Lee  
Mr. Bucket   Noah Taylor   Jack Shalloo
Mrs. Beauregarde   Missi Pyle  


Role Film
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Wonka
Director(s) Mel Stuart Tim Burton Paul King
Producer(s) Stan Margulies
David L. Wolper
Brad Grey
Richard D. Zanuck
David Heyman
Writer(s) Roald Dahl
David Seltzer
John August TBA
Composer(s) Leslie Bricusse
Anthony Newley
Danny Elfman
Cinematographer(s) Arthur Ibbetson Philippe Rousselot
Editor(s) David Saxon Chris Lebenzon


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