Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,Â starring Gene Wilder,Â is a sentimentalÂ touchstone of my California youth, and its heartfelt magic remains an integral aspect of my creative career. Â Roald Dahl's classic children's fantasy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, fromÂ which the movie was adapted, was the firstÂ book that I would read incessantly as a child, given to me as a birthday gift from myÂ arts-loving New EnglandÂ aunt.Â The addictiveÂ movie used to play on pre-cable networkÂ TV in the '70s during the holiday season, and I'd never missÂ an airing.Â
At a recent convention in Orlando, NBC's Today rounded upÂ six of the original cast members assembled for the 44th anniversary of the movie's release in 1971,Â with the actors who playedÂ Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, and Wonka's head Oompa Loompa in attendance.
Skip on in for this nostalgic, cavity-free reunion and hear some of the cast's memories of the movie's production.
(Via Geek Tyrant)