Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson, Julie Dawn Cole
"Invention, my dear friends," says Wonka, "is 93 percent perspiration, 6 percent electricity, 4 percent evaporation, and 2 percent butterscotch ripple." Whatever the secret ingredients, the results are anything but formulaic, thanks to a fantastical plot and the whimsical, occasionally edible, set design. Wilder, as the wacky proprietor of a candy factory, raises the business of manufacturing candy and nonsense to a high art form.
What Parents Like: The Oompa Loompas are the Greek chorus of the movie. These orange-faced oracles spout wisdom on everything from bratty children to overindulgent parents.
What Kids Like: From the time Charlie wins a golden ticket to Wonka's factory, it's a wild and visionary ride. Who could forget Veruca Salt stomping her feet for a goose that lays golden eggs, or Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry?