October 18, 2011
Warner Home Video
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Young, good-natured Charlie wins one of five golden tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won? A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the eccentric but often mean-spirited Wonka himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy elves, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. When it is clear that Charlie is the most trustworthy, kind-hearted and dependable kid, Wonka awards him with a gift that is every child's dream.
A wry and amusing musical about a world famous candymaker who hides five golden tickets in candy bars for five lucky children to win a lifetime supply of candy and a tour of his wonderful confectionary factory. Based on Roald Dahl's childrens book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Academy Award Nominations: Best Song Score.
Produced in partnership with Quaker Oats.
Released theatrically in the USA June 30, 1971.
Film debut for young Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie. The actor later left the movie business for a career as a veterinarian in New York.
The laserdisc version features the original and 1996 re-issue theatrical trailers; it also includes a musical score without vocals (on a separate audio channel) for families to sing-along.
Songs include "Candy Man," "Oompa-Loompa Doopody Doo" and "Pure Imagination."
Rereleased theatrically, for its 25th anniversary, in Chicago on July 19, 1996.