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Tim Burton's Chocolate Factory Insulted Gene Wilder's Original, So Says Gene Himself!

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Gene Wilder apparently has some pretty strong feelings about Tim Burton's remake of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as ol' Willy boy.

The actor, best known for his role as THE candyman in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film, came clean in an interview Thursday night, speaking up about Tim's take on the Roald Dahl classic.

He said:

"I think it's an insult.. It's probably Warner Bros.' insult."

He then added:

"Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."

Harsh!! But at least he's a fan of Johnny, as are we! ;)

Perezcious readers, which Wonka film do U like best?!

[Image via Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros..]

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31 comments to “Tim Burton's Chocolate Factory Insulted Gene Wilder's Original, So Says Gene Himself!”

  1. 1

    the gene wilder was far far superior far superior movie … they made johnny too weird …and glrly i enjoyed a couple parts of the second one where the kid turns into a blueberry but the first one was just more good on the imagination maybe i was younger then but i also read the book and the first one was closer to the book…i agree with gene…

  2. Connor says – reply to this


    Sorry, Gene, it's not all about you. Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka was true to the book! It didn't rest on the laurels of it's celebrity.

  3. kandycane says – reply to this


    Both movies was great in their own way. Gene was more magical and brought the kid in me. Johnny was funny and tim put a nice twist of dark to it. Just 2 different movies

  4. 4

    I agree with Gene Wilder. The Tim Burton version was sooo bad. Just awful. To be honest, I'm tired of Tim Burton, he just does the same thing over and over with every movie and always uses the same people. I'm also over Depp. I think he is a little overrated.

  5. 5

    Re: Lady Amalthea – i agree ive had enough of tim burton too … we were just saying how he stuffed up the ending in the lastest planet of the ape movie with mark wahlberg where he goes back to a place taken over by apes it made zero sense at all he keeps taking cult movies and effing them up… !!

  6. 6

    Re: kandycane – thats exactly how i thought about these movies. yes the basically story line is the same..but they really are two different movies.

  7. JoseNYC says – reply to this


    The original is my favorite. But, Tim's is actually more truthful to the book than the 1970's version. Even the songs come from the book.

  8. 8

    the original was awful and so was gene the newer version is much much much better and at least its true to the book

  9. Ali says – reply to this


    The original was by far superior, it was my favourite movie as a kid and I watched it over and over. So the Tim Burton one didn't even compare. Bad music, bad characters, bad costumes, even the ompaloompa was bad and you could see very clearly it was the same character repeated.

  10. ok_then says – reply to this


    I seen both and agree with Gene Wilder. The original was a classic and may seem dated by today's standards when it comes to special effects, however the original has something the Johnny Depp remake lacked and that is a good story and cast. I watched the remake in IMAX 3D and was not impressed at all with what I seen on the big screen, actually kind of boring at times.

  11. Ali says – reply to this


    And it was more true to the book, but that doesn't mean it made a good movie. When you have an original movie, you really need to do it better and they didn't. Maybe if they continued the story with Charlie instead of trying to re-create a classic that my generation remembers and loves, it could of worked.

  12. 12

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is the best! It's the one that always puts me in a happy nostalgic mood when it comes on TV. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a completely different mood, typical of Tim Burton films. There are dark undertones in both, but Tim Burton's version lacks the heart of the original.

  13. Nic Nac says – reply to this


    Roald Dahl himself hated the gene wilder version. He was so disappointed with it he disowned it and banned them from doing the sequel. The Tim Burton one is true to the book and in my opinion the better one its much darker just like the book, the original was sappy nonsense.

  14. 14

    Can't say I blame Gene Wilder. He is absolutely right!!

  15. Snickers75 says – reply to this


    I love Johnny Depp! Wonderful actor, but Gene Wilder owned that part. Sorry Johnny. :)

  16. 16

    I still prefer the original Willy Wonka. A true classic. Love Johnny Depp too but his portrayal of Willy Wonka was too creepy and bizarre. Hated the Tim Burton remake even though they say it was true to the book.

  17. alan says – reply to this


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  18. 18

    The original. I mean, I loved both for different reasons but if I had to pick…I'd say the original. I appreciate how close to the book Tim Burton kept it…but I felt that Burton's kind of went for the creepy, dark twist to things…and while that certainly exists in the book, I found it was too much. Gene Wilder played the part entirely eccentric, but a lot warmer. His was just much more how I've always pictured it in my head.

  19. 19

    Re: Ali – you can see the movie overall was bad (its just your opinion) but the music,the characters,the costumes were all outstanding and better ofcourse than the old movie which wasn't original because it was based on a book so you can't really call it original and you can't call the newer one a remake because it was an adapation

  20. Sally Brown says – reply to this


    Johnny Depp's Choc. factory version was stupid. We turned it off!!! No one can be better than Gene and the cast of originals. I am 45 and I love it every time I see it. So classic and awesome, it can't be redone or remade!! Gene is tops.

  21. herbie420 says – reply to this


    the remake was a travesty!

  22. 22

    the remake was TERRIBLE!!!! Such a travesty to watch- hated it. No amount of "costumes" and CGI could save that thing!

  23. 23

    i liked both. yes they came from the same book but they were so different that you can't honestly sit there and pick only one to like.

  24. Martinique says – reply to this


    Re: Connor – You're right. The CATCF's version of Tim and Johnny is true to the book. Tim and Johnny are geniuses and brilliant. Johnny understood that Wonka grew up alone, he kept the characteristics of a child. Tim and Johnny were fantastic as always.

  25. Marlene Emmett says – reply to this


    let's put it this way I wouldn't go see the remake of Willy Wonka and Tim Burton's
    remake of Dark Shadow's cause Mr. Burton has NO RESPECT for the Origiinals.
    He turned Dark Shadows into a "Cartoon of what it was" a dark horror drama
    that resembled Beetlegeuse~ He maybe a good director but please stop turning
    every thing that you film into a "Nightmare befoe Christmas"?

    have respect for the Original Material,then try to put your spin on it.
    but don't try to make it a comdey when Dark Shadow's was a DRAMA.

    And the Original Willy Wonka was a beautiful Children's tale that you besmerched.

  26. 26

    The original was waaay better. Tim's was weird and creepy as usual. But I enjoyed them both. I always like watching Tim's work.

  27. snow says – reply to this


    That movie did not need to be remade

  28. 28

    I love all three of them…HOWEVER…Gene is right on this one. They made Johnny's character so weird that my friends and I all felt that he gave off pedaphile vibes. It just didn't work on many levels but still love them both.

  29. whateveryou says – reply to this


    I like pretty much all of the Tim Burton films I've seen. But I agree with Wilder, his version was better. They just tried to hard to make Deep's character seem totally out of touch. In the first movie you're left thinking Wilder is an honest man, maybe a little odd but he had integrity & wanted his company to keep that integrity. Deep's Wonka just seemed over the bend.

  30. Chrisan says – reply to this


    The film of Tim and Johnny is much better. The characters are analyzed in depth and the movie and totally based on the book

  31. 5th Avenue says – reply to this


    I attended school with Peter Olstrum, the original Charlie. I like both movies but Tim Burton's was much daarrker and not child friendly.