Friday, June 10, 2011

This week's Friday Foodie Flick takes our Yumologists back to their childhoods. Back to a time when Ring Pops, Bubble Tape, Fun Dip and Pixie Stix were bartered for Fruit by the Foot, Sour Patch Kids and Warheads.

Yes, candy certainly plays a significant role in our childhoods, but does our attitude about it also determine the types of grown-ups we'll become? This question and many more are addressed in the ever-popular book turned movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Roald Dahl's 1964 tale of Charlie Bucket, a boy of simple means who discovers a golden ticket in his Wonka Bar, has become an iconic piece of Hollywood history. Willy Wonka, the world's most famous and eccentric chocolate maker, is a perplexing character, but one who's genius we are apt to admire after seeing his Candyland come to life.

The tour we follow Charlie on amidst Oompa-Loompa's, flavored wall paper, chocolate rivers and blueberry bubble gum, lead us all to identify how our short-falls can inevitably lead to our demise, and how good behavior is the only way to make our wildest dreams come true.

Originally filmed in 1971 with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the movie was re-made in 2005 starring Johnny Depp. Both films faced some controversy due to the sometimes disturbing nature of Wonka's character, but despite criticisms each movie was considered a success, and candy lovers the world over continue to dream of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and the scrumdidilyumptiousness behind those famous gates.

Here's a taste of the 1971 Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory:

Here's a taste of the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:



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