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  • Changing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • May 2014
  • In this essay the various underlying themes in the two film adaptations of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) are examined. These film adaptations, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) directed by Tim Burton and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) directed by Mel Stuart are discussed, in order to refute critical views such as found in a review by Bernard Beck. Beck states that Tim Burton’s film is darker and closer to Dahl’s original tale, whilst Mel Stuart’s film is light-hearted and benign. An examination of significant differences in characterisation as well as the themes of war, nationalism, sugar and racism shows that Tim Burton’s film, whilst dark, is not a return to Dahl’s original story. Similarly, closer scrutiny shows that whilst Mel Stuart’s film appears light-hearted, the inclusion of political commentaries intended for adults rather than children means that much of its content is actually very dark indeed.

  • May 12, 2014
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/18101

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