After the opening scenes, kids get out of school and go to a local candy store where its owner, Bill serves them chocolate and sings "The Candy Man". Charlie Bucket, saddened that he has no money, stares at the window and goes to the newspaper stand where Charlie works after school. The newsagent, Mr. Jopeck gives Charlie his weekly pay and Charlie leaves to give away newspapers. On his way home, he passes legendary candy maker, Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. A mysterious tinker tells him (referring to the factory) "Nobody ever goes in, and nobody ever comes out". Charlie arrives home and shows his family a loaf of bread that Charlie bought with his weekly pay. He gives his change to his widowed mother, Mrs. Bucket and to his Grandpa Joe. That night, he tells Grandpa Joe about the tinker and what he said, and Grandpa Joe tells him about Wonka and how spies were trying to steal his life's work. Wonka closed the factory, but three years later he started selling candy again and is still unseen to this day. The next day, at school, a boy tells Charlie's teacher, Mr. Turkentine that Willy Wonka has hidden five Golden Tickets in his Wonka Bars and Mr. Turkentine dismisses the class. While watching the news, Charlie learns that the finders of these special tickets will be given a full tour of his factory, as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate to the "winner". Charlie wants to take part in the search, but cannot afford to buy vast quantities of chocolate bars like other participants. In Germany, the first finder of the first Golden Ticket is a boy named Augustus Gloop who has a habit of eating. As his mother is being interviewed, a sinister-looking whispers something into Augustus's ear. At Charlie's birthday, Charlie receives two presents, a scarf and a Wonka Bar. He opens the bar, but has no Golden Ticket inside. In England, Mr. Salt has every woman in his peanut factory opening Wonka Bars to find a Golden Ticket for his spoiled daughter, Veruca Salt. When one of Mr. Salt's workers finds a Golden Ticket, she hands the ticket to Veruca and the same sinister man whispers something in Veruca's ear. The search for the three remaining Golden Tickets spreads as an inventor tries to locate the 3 Golden Tickets with his machine, but it fails. Charlie watches the news that the third Golden Ticket has been found by a gum chewer named Violet Beauregarde. As Mr. Beauregarde speaks, the same sinister man whispers something in Violet's ear. Charlie visits his mother at the clothes- washing place and tells her the third Golden Ticket being found before going home as Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie." In Arizona, the news interview the fourth Golden Ticket finder, Mike Teavee who's obsessed with television. As he watches T.V., the same sinister man whispers something in Mike's ear. Grandpa Joe buys a Wonka Bar for Charlie to see if there's a Golden Ticket, but only find a bar of chocolate inside. Charlie's hopes are dashed when news breaks that the final ticket had been found by a Paraguayan millionaire.
The next day, as the Golden Ticket craze ends, Charlie finds some money in a gutter and uses it to buy a Wonka Bar. Since he still has some change left after eating the chocolate, he uses it to buy a second bar, which he intends bringing home. On leaving the candy store, he learns from people talking that the ticket found by the millionaire was a forgery and that one ticket is still about somewhere. When Charlie opens the bar, he finds the real golden ticket and races home to tell his family, but is confronted by the same man who had been seen whispering to the other four winners. The man introduces himself as Arthur Slugworth, a rival confectioner who offers to pay Charlie a large sum of money for a sample of Wonka's latest creation, the Everlasting Gobstopper.
Charlie runs home and shows the Golden Ticket to his family. Grandpa Joe leaps out of bed and sings "(I've Got A) Golden Ticket" before Mrs. Bucket says the day to go to the factory is tomorrow. After that, Charlie tells him about his meeting with Slugworth. The next day, Wonka greets the children and their guardians at the factory gates and leads them inside, requiring each to sign a contract before the tour can begin. Inside is a psychedelic wonderland full of chocolate rivers, giant edible mushrooms, lickable wallpaper and other ingenious inventions and candies, as well as Wonka's workers, the small, orange-skinned, green-haired Oompa Loompas.
Differences from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film)Edit
- Charlie drinks the Fizzy lifting drinks
- Oompa Loompas are different
- There are more songs
- Wonka's personality is more wise
- There is no story arc with Wonka's father
- No rotten kid was mean to Charlie
- Mr. Bucket is dead
Director of photography: Arthur Ibbetson, B.S.C.
Art director: Harper Goff
Production managing: Pia Arnold
Color by Technicolor
Dialouge coaching: Frawley Becker
Costume designing: Helen Colvig
Music editing: Jack Tillar
Sound editing: Charles L. Campbell
Unit managing: Renate Neuechl