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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Analysis
Transcript of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Analysis
1. Make Up and Costume
2. Facial Expressions
Willy Wonka's makeup is very similar to Edward's and Caesar's. They both have thick, dark eyeshadow and a pale face.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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They both wear dark colours and items with reflective surfaces.
Hat, shoes, and gloves
Willy Wonka's hat seems to always cover his eyes in shadows. This help exaggerate the dark makeup without it being too evident.
Like Edward, Willy Wonka also has stiff facial expressions.
Especially in this scene, where he awkwardly hugged his father.
Wonka displays stiff and exaggerated faces before a flashback.
He also flashes unnatural, exaggerated smiles.
These over-the-top or rigid expressions are similar to Edward's as well as being a feature of German Expressionism.
Willy Wonka is , like Edward, the isolated and misunderstood outsider.
There is a conflict between Willy Wonka and the outside world. As he doesn't go beyond his factory gates, he is judged by the general public on who he really is.
Charlie is the archetypical character that becomes good friends with the isolated outsider.
He, in a sense, represents Kim, who loved Edward towards the end.
Grandpa Joe is the unconditionally understanding character.
He is similar to Peg from Edward Scissorhands. They are both always willing to stand behind the outsider.
Mrs Beauregarde has very obvious makeup that turns her face two shades darker than everywhere else.
This shows that she is similar to Joyce: a flirtatious attention seeker.
"Wonka: Hey, by the way, did you guys know that chocolate contains a property that triggers the release of endorphins? Gives one the feeling of being in love.
Mrs. Beauregarde: [flirtily] You don't say?"
Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike are greedy children, whether it's food, victory, possessions, or technology.
This can be compared with the neighbours in Edward Scissorhands who wants Edward only for their own good.
Like within Edward Scissorhands, there are many contrasts in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The scary outside gives the dark, intimidating feel to the factory.
As Willy Wonka shows his guests the edible room, we see an unexpected view - a bright, colourful world.
Like Edward Scissorhands, we see that many things aren't as they seem.
This feeling was conveyed to us by the low camera angle used for all the factory scenes.
1. The Factory
2. The Town
White and snowy outside
Although this room is so bright and happy, it is only a facade of how Willy Wonka really feels - alone.
This is the same for Edward and his beautiful topiary.
Dark in Charlie's house
The town looks beautiful and angelic due to the snow.
Charlie's home looks dark and dusty.
Again, the scenery conveys exactly the opposite of reality.
Charlie's home is warm and full of love, while outside, it is freezing and windy.
Like Edward Scissorhands, many places in this film have facades that hide their true emotions.
This indicates that many things can't be fairly judged from just their outer appearance:
whether a place
This is shown by:
Gates that separate the factory from the rest of the world.
The fact that Willy Wonka lives alone, and never goes outside the factory.
Wonka's distance from his father.
The shiny machinery in the factory is similar to the inventor's machinery from Edward Scissorhands.
Some extremely shiny items are the trophies in Violet's house.
Reflective surfaces is a specialty of German Expressionism. It is a part of the mise-en-scene in both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Edward Scissorhands.
Chiaroscuro, a feature of German Expressionism, is often used in Burton's movies, including Edward Scissorhands.
1. In the factory hallways and the river tunnels.
2. During Willy Wonka's flashbacks
Having chiaroscuro in the hallways give the scenes feelings of mystery, as the end of the tunnel is hidden from view by the darkness.
The flashbacks were unhappy experiences of Wonka's past. The contrasts conveys a solemn atmosphere due to the emphasis of shadows.
Charlie's house at first: dull, dark, and monotonous.
Charlie's house after visiting the factory: Much brighter, with warmer colours and a broader colour scheme.
The second image looks much more inviting and friendly due to the change in colours.
These sets do not convey an opposite meaning, but they are still quite a drastic contrast.
3. Charlie's house
Charlie's house was quite shabby and near- breakdown. His family is scraping by without much income. Chiaroscuro shows that it wasn't a very nice place to be ,as the monotonous, grey colours convey a plain, boring environment,
This is comparable with Edward and the people of suburbia, who judges Edward by his appearance.
GATES THAT SEPARATE W RLDS
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These gates symbolize a separation between people of the outside world and the lonely individual.
Its intimidating look strongly contrasts the world found within.
This reinforces the idea that the appearance of things is often just a facade of how it really is inside.
The shots of Wonka's factory and Edward's castle both have low camera angles.
The shots of the town and the suburbia both have high camera angles.
Low camera angles gives us feelings of intimidation, being oppressed.
It makes the subject of the shot seem powerful, and the viewer vulnerable.
High camera angles make the subject of the shot seem vulnerable and not as a threat.
This tells the viewers that the subject is not to be feared, or that the viewers have control over the subject.
The music from Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are distinctly similar.
They are both often mysterious and magical.
Not only that, but there are notes from their music that sound nearly the same.
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1:55 - 2:00
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Tim Burton's films are always full of imagination.
They're often based around an individual that doesn't fit in.
Essential to his style are the features of German Expressionism.
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Burton's film style:
It adds the strangeness and mystery to his work.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The supportive parental figure
Augustus, Violet, Veruca, Mike
The neighbours of suburbia
Facades that show the opposite of reality
German Expressionism Features:
Low camera angle for castle/factory shots.
High camera angle for suburbia/town shots.
Gates that separate worlds.
Mysterious, magical music.
There is Caesar-like makeup on Edward and Wonka.
Edward Scissorhands has more symbolism, like the white dress Kim wore at Christmas.
Most of the music is sad or mournful.
There is a more obvious contrast between the castle and suburbia's outer appearances.
The music is mostly cheerful.
The characters have distinct personalities, unlike the monotonous suburbians.