The book and the film depict an odd Willy Wonka, a phoenix-like man arising from his creative and eccentric genius. He bewilders the other characters with his antics, but Charlie enjoys Mr. Wonka's behavior. In the 2005 film adaptation, Willy Wonka's behavior is viewed more as a sympathetic character flaw, but in the 1971 film adaptation, Wonka tells Charlie he "can't live forever", so he wanted to find a sweet child to who he could entrust his candy making secrets.He is also very clever.
1971 film adaptationEdit
Candy-maker Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) has hidden five Golden Tickets amongst his famous "Wonka Bars." The finders of these special tickets will be given a full tour of his tightly guarded candy factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate. The contest sets off a global craze, with everyone desperately seeking the tickets. They are eventually found by five children from around the world: Augustus Gloop from West Germany, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee from the United States, and Veruca Salt and Charlie Bucket from the United Kingdom
The Inventing Room is the second room that the tour goes through. Mr. Wonka states that all of his ideas are simmering and bubbling in this room, and that Slugworth will give his false teeth to stay inside for five minutes. The room is home to Wonka's new (and still insufficiently tested) candies, such as Everlasting Gobstoppers, exploding candy and Wonka's greatest idea so far, The Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum. This gum is a three course dinner all in itself, "Tomato Soup", Roast Beef & Baked Potato, and the dessert, Blueberry Pie". However, once the chewer gets to the dessert, there is a side effect: they turn into a giant "blueberry". This happens to Violet Beauregarde after she rashly grabs and consumes the experimental gum.
Violet is subsequently taken to the Juicing Room to be squeezed before she explodes. The tour then leaves the Inventing Room. They view the lick-able wallpaper and then go into the bubble room where Fizzy Lifting Drinks are produced. Wonka refuses to allow the children to sample some due to them being "still too powerful", but Charlie and Grandpa Joe disobey Wonka's directive rule and sample some; they float to the ceiling and nearly get sucked into a turbine fan before burping back to the ground.
Next, the tour visits the room containing geese that lay golden chocolate eggs. Veruca Salt tries to take one for herself and sings her musical number, "I want it Now!", but falls down the eggdicator and to the garbage chute. Her father follows her down the chute, both of them judged "bad egg"s. The tour then rides the Wonkamobile through the factory while being sprayed by foam.
Next the tour visits the television room where a television invention called Wonkavision produces unusually large chocolate bars into a picture on a television screen that the person at home can take out of the screen. Mike Teevee disobeys Wonka's orders and allows himself to be shrunken and put on television by the Wonka camera. To Mike and his Mom's horror, Wonka reveals that the damage done to Mike is unfixable and the only way to make him normal again is stretching him from the "Taffy puller".
When the tour is over, Wonka dismisses Grandpa Joe and Charlie without mentioning or awarding Charlie his lifetime supply of chocolate. He then disappears into his office. When Charlie and Grandpa Joe enter his "half-office" and inquire him further about it, Willy Wonka informs them that Charlie broke the rules by sampling the fizzy lifting drinks without permission and as a result, he would not be awarded his prize. He then furiously dismisses them with a "good day sir!" Grandpa Joe chides Wonka after that which causes him to dismiss them again. He suggests to Charlie that they give Slugworth the gobstopper in revenge, but Charlie refuses and goes up to Willy Wonka, apologizes, and gives him back the gobstopper. Before Charlie can exit the office, Willy Wonka abruptly changes his attitude, informs Charlie that he "passed the test" and reinstates his prize. He then brings Mr. Wilkinson - a man who posed as Wonka's rival, Arthur Slugworth, revealing that Mr. Wilkinson was in on the whole thing and that Wonka's rant was only a final test of character.
Wonka takes Charlie and Grandpa Joe into the "Wonkavator" and they fly up out of the factory and over the city. On the Wonkavator, Wonka reveals to Charlie that the actual prize of the tour was not a life-time supply of chocolate, but the factory itself; Wonka needed a heir to take over his factory and take care of his candy-making secrets and Oompa Loompas when he retired. He informs an ecstatic Charlie that he and his family can move into the factory immediately. He then tells Charlie to remember what happened to the man who got everything he wanted; "He lived happily ever after".
2005 film adaptationEdit
Willy Wonka is portrayed by Johnny Depp in this remake. However, many changes were put into the character: He acts childish because of his troubled childhood, and therefore does not take any interest in the kids.
One day, Willy informs the world of a contest, in which five Golden Tickets have been placed in five random Wonka Bars worldwide, and the winners will be given a full tour of the factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate, while one ticket holder will be given a prize at the end of the tour. After all five of the tickets are found, Willy greets Charlie and the other ticket holders outside the factory and leads the group into the facility.
Throughout the movie, Willy has flashbacks to his troubled childhood.
During the tour, each of the bad children disobey his orders with something related to their individual character flaws. Augustus begins to drink the chocolate river until he overbalances and falls into the river and is sucked into a pipe. After a fast boat ride, the tour then progresses to the Inventing Room, where Violet chews on an experimental piece of gum against Wonka's orders. She then transforms into a large blueberry. Later on Veruca wants to buy a squirrel from the Nut Room and when Wonka and her father refuse to get her one, she goes into the room herself. But when she goes to grab a squirrel, all of the squirrels team up and throw her down the chute, and then later send her father down the chute as well.
Later on, the last two kids, Mike Teavee and Charlie Bucket, enter the Great Glass Elevator with him, and Mike picks the Television room. Once there, Willy demonstrates his latest invention, Television Chocolate, which is seemingly impossible as he clearly has no clue about how science and television work. When Mike tries to teach him the basics, he dismisses it as mumbling. He then proceeds to send a large bar of chocolate from one end of the room to another on a TV Screen. Mike is surprised when Willy dismisses any other suggestions to send through the teleporter and replies (while smiling a little), "Don't you even realize what you've invented? It's a teleporter. It's the most important invention in the history of the world. And all you ever think about is Chocolate."
Mike then teleports himself through the teleporter and gets shrunken to a few inches. As a result, Charlie is the only child left on the tour.
Willy then travels with Charlie and Grandpa Joe to Charlie's house and meets the family via the Great Glass Elevator. He also reveals that the purpose of the Golden Tickets and the tour was to make the "least rotten" child the heir of the factory itself, so he can have someone carry on his legacy when he gets too old to do so himself, and requests that Charlie come live and work in the factory with him. The only condition, however, is that Charlie must leave his family behind, since Willy believes family is a hindrance to a chocolatier's creative freedom. This is because of his father, Dr. Wilbur Wonka (who was said to be the greatest dentist in the city), denying his son candy simply because of the potential risk to his teeth. As a child, Willy had to wear headgear and braces. After secretly sampling some candy, Willy was instantly hooked and ran away to follow his dreams. He gives Charlie the oppurtunity to come back and live with him in the factory. He likes the idea but then Willy tells him that he can’t live with his family. Charlie denies the offer, but then Willy accepts Charlie’s love to his family and then the whole family and the house is moved into the house.