- Blog readers, thought I would post an entry on something that is on my mind at the moment and it it is all to do with films. I love a wide range of films and some can be most magical and you will never ever forget them.
This is true of one of the most magical films ever that you may remember as a child and probably enjoyed and it all happened way back when before I was even born funnily enough, in the year 1971.
Can you guess which magical kids film I loved as a child and wished that I was born so I could attend the premiere or recording of? Nope, can't guess? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory of course! That magical childrens film starring Gene Wilder as the lovable but wacky inventor who runs his own chocolate factory with oompa loompas, and five children who are invited to take a tour around the factory once they have won a golden ticket from chocolate bars. There was Charlie Bucket, a poor child from a poor family, Mike Teevee, a TV addict, Augustus Gloop, a German boy who loved to eat, Veruca Salt, a spoilt child whose father and mother were rich and gave her everything she wanted, and Violet Beauregarde who loved chewing gum.
The film was one of the most magical in it's hey day and if you watch Youtube, you can watch clips from it and also three about where they filmed the exterior shots of the factory which they did outside the Munich gasworks. Here's some facts about the film you may not have known:
The reactions of the actors in some scenes are spontaneous. For example, when the children first enter the main factory and see the gardens, their reactions are real, it was really their first view of that particular set.
The scene where Augustus Gloop was interviewed for being the first Golden Ticket finder was shot at a real German restaurant. Most of the cast members went there for lunch during the time the movie was being filmed.
During the "Wonka Wash" car scene, the foam used to spurt out was compiled from basic fire extinguishers, but what was unknown to the cast and crew was that the foam itself was potent skin irritant, so after shooting the scene, the actors were left in considerable discomfort when their skin puffed up and required several days to receive medical treatment and recovery.
This movie was shot in Munich, Germany, but the producers had to go outside of Germany to recruit enough little people to play the Oompa Loompas (one of the many tragic legacies of the Nazi era). Many of the people cast as Oompaloompas (German or otherwise) did not speak English fluently, if at all. This is why some appear to not know the words to songs during the musical numbers.
And these facts are just a few taken from the entry on imdb, the Imternet movie Database. there's loads of info there too, about the filiming locations and the memorable quotes that the characters said. Find it at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067992/
It's great that the child actors remember it so well too, and what will take you by surprise is that the boy who played Mike Teevee, who is called Paris Themmen in real life is selling off a signed pic of the five children including him and some other signed memorablia like a golden ticket signed and pics of him personally signed by him putting the winning bidders name on it. I would love it but it is too much for me to buy. Even so I still got messages from Paris Themmen though after I told him it would be too much for me to buy, he said he would take 60 US dollars for it but it is still too much as he is shipping it from the USA and the shipping would be 20 dollars. Anyone care to buy me it? No didnt think so, ogh well, at least I have haad messages from one of the child stars Paris Themmen!