|Aliases||Mr. Willy Wonka, Mr. Wonka|
|Occupation||Owner and Founder of the Wonka Factory|
|(1971) Portrayed By||Gene Wilder|
|(2005) Portrayed By||Johnny Depp|
Willy Wonka is the fictional founder of the Wonka Candy Company and the owner of the Wonka Chocolate Factory in the novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He is known as the greatest inventor of candies in the world. In the book and the 1971 film, Wonka was portrayed as a giddy and morale man who was older that he looks. In the 2005 Tim Burton film, Wonka (portrayed by Johnny Depp), was more childish and immature, to the point that he despised the concept of parenthood so much that he could not say "parents".
Willy Wonka appears as an old man with a black top hat (in the novel) and a purple jacket. He also wears silver gloves and bottle-green pants. In the novels, he is said to have gray hair. This is also apparent in the illustrations by Quentin Blake in reissues of the novel.
In the 1971 film, he is portrayed by Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka's Hair is blond, and his top hat has changed from black to brown. He wears a light purple shirt under his purple coat. And he has a brown bow-tie.
In the 2005 film, he was portrayed by Johnny Depp. His skin was paler, and his coat was maroon. He wore black pants and a black top hat, and his brown hair had a distinct hairstyle.
Willy Wonka has been known to be very jumpy, hyperactive, and ecstatic for his age, jumping around and shouting his thoughts in cheerful ways. However, he is also known to be wise and calm when necessary. Willy Wonka has also been known to care for children and has made safety a big priority in his own factory.
In the 1971 film, Gene Wilder portrayed a Wonka that was close to the source materialm except he often said confusing things when people questioned his methods, possibly because he believes that is a proper answer or because he wants to avoid the question. He is also shown to care less for the children, but only because he knows most of the children at the factory don't listen.
In the 2005 film, Wonka was portrayed as a very childish man who has not grown up. He often laughs like a child and forgets what he needs to say when giving the tour. Despite not caring about most people, he has been shown to warn children about their mistakes in the film. However, he has never shown any enthusiasm in his warnings, as if he did not care about anyone. And due to his relationship with his father, he cannot stand parenthood. In fact, he cannot even start the word "parents."
Willy Wonka's origins are mostly unknown, but it is known he has made very many wonderful candies that not only taste amazing, but can perform impossible feats, such as gum that never loses its flavor or ice cream that never melts. Because of this, the other candy companies sent spies into his factory to find the secret recipes. Mr. Wonka noticed the theivery was uncontrollable. Because of that, he closed shop. Every worker was fired, and Mr. Wonka closed the gates with a long iron chain. For months, the Wonka Factory had remained inactive. Mr. Wonka possibly used this time to look for workers. In Africa (later changed to Loompaland, a fictional place), Wonka met Oompa-Loompas. Mr. Wonka noticed that the Oompa-Loompas craved cacao beans, but were unable to find them due to the beasts that surrounded their home. Mr. Wonka invited them to work for him since he specializes in chocolate, which is made of the beans. The Oompa-Loompas accepted (partially due to the fact that they ate revolting caterpillars), and the factory began working. However, the gates were closed, and no former workers gained their jobs.
After nearly ten years, Mr. Wonka decided to find an heir for the factory, so he sent out a way to find children to take his place, specifically avoiding adult heirs because children would listen more. So he sent 5 golden tickets out to the world, hidden within his chocolate bars. The tickets could have been anywhere in the world. The five tickets would allow the winners entry into the factory, and Mr. Wonka would secretly decide who the heir of the five would be. The five Golden Ticket winners were the Germam fat boy Augustus Gloop, the bratty Veruca Salt, the gum-chewer Violet Beauregasrde, the TV obsessed Mike Teavee, and the poor but kind Charlie Bucket. After the tour, Charlie was the only child who did not get into any trouble. Mr. Wonka congratulated him and took him for a ride in his great glass elevator that could go sideways. Mr. Wonka told Charlie of his plan, and Charlie won the factory. Mr. Wonka said he would train Charlie to take care o the Oompa-Loompas.
Alternate Histories Edit
The 1971 film was slightly different. In the 1971 film, Mr. Wonka set up a plan in which the other children would be tempted by his only human employeee who would pretend to be Mr. Slugworth (one of the thieves who stole his recipes) to bring him an Everlasting Gobstopper and get payed very generously. Charlie was the only one who was not very tempted, even after Mr. Wonka scolded him and revoked his lifetime supply of chocolate for stealing Fizzy Lifting Drinks. Charlie did the right thing by giving Mr. Wonka the Gobstopper. Mr. Wonka then apologized to Charlie and told him he won the factory.
The 2005 film showed a very different Wonka, although the tour and dialogue were much closer to the old material. However, Mr. Wonka now had a backstory in which he ran away from his father, a dentist named Wilbur (portrayed by Christopher Lee) who hated candy and forbade his son from eating it due to his horrible teeth. As a child Willy wore helmet-braces. When he first tried a bite of chocolate, he decided to be a chocolatier. Displeased with his father's decisions, he ran away to either Bulgaria or Switzerland, and somewhat expelled his oldlifestyle from his history, causing his father's house to be invisible to him.
After Charlie won the factory, Mr. Wonka told him his family could not live with him. Charlie refused the offer, and Mr. Wonka sadly went away. Mr. Wonka then could not think of good cady recipes, so he sought out advice from Charlie, who told him families are trying to help. Charlie then asked if Mr. Wonka would like him to go to see his father to reconcile with him. Mr. Wonka accepted. Upon meeting his father again for the first time in years, he pretended to be a patient. Wilbur, upon seeing the horrible teeth, realized that his son had come back to him, and the two reconciled. Mr. Wonka then asked Charlie if he wanted to bring his family to live with him in the factory, which Charlie accepted.
Mr. Wonka has no known family in the novels, and the only representation he has with family is the 2005 film that shows his father. However, he is shown to be good friends with Charlie and his Grandfather Joe.