Nearing a year after the grand tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory, a threatening note appears in the factory’s boardroom, implying danger to the factory from an unknown source. With little other options due to Wonka’s rule of outsiders within the factory, Charlie is forced to ask for help from the only other familiar faces he knows: the rest of the Golden Ticket winners.
Equipped with Wonka Weapons, strange special abilities, and wild personalities, the kids have agreed to fight at Charlie’s side to help him defend the factory…if he can keep them in line!
Overview: Long story short, this comic is being created to bring some love back to the movie I believe was unfairly judged. Read more about why below!
The author of the original children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl was unhappy with the 1971 adaptation of his book, and he had every right to be. They hired him to write the screenplay with a bunch of changes he wasn’t happy with, and when he inevitably didn’t make their deadline, not only did they make their own ending completely unlike the source material, they went back and changed, officially added or removed major scenes he didn’t want. It was also produced merely as a gimmick for promoting a candy idea the director (David L. Wolper) originally pitched to the Quaker Oats Company (whom they persuaded to fund the film), which is also why the movie’s title was changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; so the name ‘Wonka Bar’ would be more recognizable. Other travesties also exist and can be read about in entirety on Wikipedia or many online articles.
This isn’t to say that the movie itself was particularly bad; on the contrary, I still rather like the film and it has some very fun, cute, or thoughtful scenes. What I DIDN’T like was the public’s reaction to what they thought was a remake by Tim Burton, when in reality the creators were trying to avoid the original film and make their own (the film was overseen and produced by remaining Dahl family members). One they believe Dahl would have been happy with.
My goal with this comic is to is to educate and provide some much needed affection for Tim Burton’s adaptation of this story. Burton’s movie doesn’t deserve the seemingly unmitigated hate it tends to get due to misunderstanding or willful ignorance, nor did I ever think the originally film should be so disproportionately celebrated the way has been. That isn’t to say I’d like to tear it down, however; rather I’d prefer to bring the Tim Burton adaptation up!
As you read through the story, you may think that last part is inaccurate. All I have to say to that is: keep reading! 😉
Rayne “McKinley” Mason [McKinley Massacre]: Artwork, Story Design (Lead), Writing (Lead)
“Master Luna”: Story Design (Alpha), Contributing Writer, Editor
Oscar Rodriguez: Story Design (Alpha), Editor
David “Dae” Hyung Song: Story Design (Beta), Beta Reader/Reviewer
This is a fan work primarily based on Tim Burton’s 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It also contains some content and characters from the 1971 adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart). Characters, designs, story, and other intellectual properties belong to their respective copyright holders (Warner Bros. and the Dahl Estate). No offense or copyright infringement is intended. No direct profits are gained from this project.