Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as the mentally unstable confectioner, is often cited as one of the most unintentionally terrifying (or intentionally subversive) “kids’ movies” ever made. Released in 1971, the film has a surreal aesthetic that slowly morphs from dreamlike to nightmarish as the story progresses. A boat ride that becomes a hellish descent into madness exemplifies the horror always lingering just below the surface.
Tim Burton’s 2005 remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (starring Johnny Depp as Wonka) failed to recapture the sense of childlike wonder or the underlying, pervasive dread—which is disappointing considering the filmmaker is a master of meshing the mainstream and the macabre. But it looks like Warner Bros (who released Burton’s Factory and still owns the property) is giving it another go, this time in animated form—and featuring a famous (though dated) cat & mouse duo. Prepare yourselves for Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
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Check out the bizarre trailer below; it’s perplexing that such a think actually exists. And yes, it includes bits of the infamous boat ride!
While it won’t get a theatrical release, Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka will be available later this year on digital HD and DVD. The duo has previously infiltrated film classics like Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, and even The Fast and the Furious franchise. Just for kicks, check out the trailer for The Fast and the Furry below.
Who else is strangely intrigued by these films, especially Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka? Let’s discuss this potentially traumatizing mashup in the Comments section!