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Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (2001)

Retrospective documentary on the making of the cult classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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Retrospective documentary on the making of the cult classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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This documentary is featured on both the Widescreen and Full Screen releases of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) DVD, released in 2001. See more »

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In the memory of Producer Stan Margulies. See more »

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One of the best supplemental documentaries I've ever seen.
23 May 2005 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's because Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is such a massive milestone in my childhood, but to be able to see all of the actors from the film as adults looking back and talking about their experiences in making the movie and telling some more about what their characters were like was absolutely fascinating to me. I watched the movie with a friend of mine from Germany because I had just about fallen over when she told me that she had never even heard of it. First of all because I can't imagine having never heard of a movie like this, and second of all because it was filmed in Germany.

This documentary inspired me to watch the entire movie again with the commentary on, which I've never done before, I guess I just don't usually have the patience to watch a movie that I've already seen and with people talking over it the whole time. It was interesting to hear the things that the actors had to say (again, it was all the child actors from the movie), although it got a little irritating that anytime Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) started to talk someone would interrupt him and talk over him. He hardly spoke in the commentary at all and it was pretty irritating to hear him interrupted every time he had something to say.

So in the documentary, each person comes on and talks about how he or she got their respective parts in the movie, how they met their demise in the film, making comments about what it was like shooting those scenes and other experiences on the set, and then at the end they each made brief comments about what they are doing now, 30 years after the movie was made. I also loved Gene Wilder talking about his experiences with meeting people on the street, kids who wanted to know if he was really Willy Wonka and if all that stuff in the Chocolate Room was really candy that you could eat. Depending on their age, he would tell them it was all real. I love that.

This movie was really a huge part of my childhood, so I found it fascinating to be able to see all of the actors as adults and hear their candid comments about being in the movie. Kind of like The Goonies, which could have done with a documentary more like this one. If you loved the movie, you must see this.


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