Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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I decided to dwell on the sweet memories of the classic film and book by Roald Dahl. Although the movie was not really titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like the book, it is a classic, nevertheless. I heard that the author didn’t like the movie, but that’s another story in itself.

Here’s a reference to IMDB about that one:

Roald Dahl was reportedly so angry with the treatment of his book (mainly stemming from the massive rewrite by David Seltzer) that he refused permission for the book’s sequel, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”, to be filmed. Seltzer had an idea for a new sequel, but legal issues meant that it never got off the ground. Reportedly, Dahl was so unhappy that he refused to ever watch the completed film in its entirety. Once, while staying in a hotel, he accidentally tuned into a television airing of the movie, but reportedly changed the channel immediately when he realized what he was watching.

My whole purpose writing this is how I feel and will always feel about the movie.

The first time I saw this movie was in 3rd grade. Well, at least, that’s my first memory. Since that moment, I’ve been a little nervous by the Oompa Loompa’s appearance in the film because of their green hair. I mean, look at how creepy that neon green hair is! Oh, and their “Jersey Shore” tans! Ha ha, let’s not ever have an entry solely dedicated to Jersey Shore, please. I have never watched that show, and nor do I ever plan to, thank you very much! 🙂 No, but the Oompa Loompas are sweet and nothing to be scared about, I know that now, but the first time I saw it, I was a little surprised! They are cute, though, and their songs and little dances are hilarious. In the recent remake of the film, I was tickled pink by the Oompa Loompa being an Indian, and I did think it followed the book a tad more closely. Just a little. But, the old one is much more of a classic to me.

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And, I ALWAYS and I mean, ALWAYS crave chocolate during that movie. If I plan to watch the movie, I will usually have some sort of chocolate nearby. I think I was MORE THAN thrilled when they started making Wonka bars.

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The reason I got so nostalgic about the movie was this headline: Original Hershey Chocolate Factory closing in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It made me think they need to have golden tickets and all. Just for a last hurrah! 🙂

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