WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
Paramount A Golf+Western Company
Theatrical Motion Picture
A family musical fantasy based on Roald Dahl's children's classic novel featuring an eccentric candyman who makes a boy's dreams come true by treating him to the joys and magic of the candy factory. The delightful musical score includes the hit song "The Candyman."
Behind the Scences
"Willy Wonka" was 100% financed by the Quaker Oats Company, a television client
of Wolper's who was buying a candy company and wanted to come out with a candy
called the Wonka Bar when the picture was distributed so there would be cross-promotion.
The name of the picture was changed from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" so the name Wonka could become popular.
When the picture was released, the candy was released at the same time. However,
the candy had a problem and had to be withdrawn. The picture went on to be successful
even though the candy didn't.
A musical fantasy based on Roald Dahrs children's classic, Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, featuring an eccentric candy man who makes a boy's dreams come true by treating
him to the )oys and magic of the candy factory. The musical score includes the hit song, "The Candy Man," written by Leslie Bncusse and Anthony Newley. The screenplay was by Roald Dahl. The director was Mel Stuart and the producers were David Wolper and Stan
Margulies. The picture has become a cult classic for children since its first showing
in 1971. Sold extensively on video, it was reissued in the theaters on its 20th anniversary.
|Total Run Time
|1 Hr 40 Mins
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