THIS THREAD, INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL POST, WILL HAVE OPEN SPOILERS FOR THE TWO CHOCOLATE FACTORY FILMS AND BOOK.
I’m starting this thread so we can have a reference of sorts for the differences between the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the 2005 Tim Burton movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I haven’t read the book, so I’ll ask Dopers who are familiar with it to fill in the details.
Charlie’s Home Life
1971: Raised by a single mother.
2005: Raised by both parents (father works at a toothpaste factory, then is laid off, then re-hired toward the end of the movie).
Charlie Finds the Golden Ticket
1971: Charlie runs straight home and feverishly shares the news to everyone, wanting nothing more than to go to the factory.
2005: Charlie offers to auction the ticket so his family can have the money.
1971: Eager to accompany Charlie to the factory for no other reason than that he loved Charlie.
2005: Eager to accompany Charlie to the factory because he had once worked there and wanted to see it again.
1971: Nothing is revealed about his life before the factory, or after Charlie inherits it.
2005: Reveals a backstory about being raised by a dentist father, being estranged from him, and reconciling with him (with Charlie’s help).
Charlie Inherits the Factory
1971: Hugs & Kisses all around.
2005: Charlie doesn’t want it because WW expects him to leave his family behind. Charlie convinces WW to allow his family to move into the factory with him and reconcile with his father in the process.
1971: Suggests that the only employees have been oompa-loompas for as long as the factory has been open.
2005: The factory had human employees at first but they were all given the sack when WW’s trade secrets leaked out.
1971: Subplot about a shady character who tries to convince the kids to steal an Everlasting Gobstopper and sell it to him for an insane amount of money. Turns out this was a test to see if Charlie was honest and pure enough for the job.
2005: Named only as an ex-employee who stole some of WW’s trade secrets and opened his own candy company.
1971: Accompanied by father.
2005: Accompanied by mother.
1971: Accompanied by mother.
2005: Accompanied by father.
Charlie Steals Fizzy Lifting Drinks
1971: Charlie and Grandpa Joe steal a swig of WW’s expiremental Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and narrowly escape death as a result of their impertinence. WW overlooks this.
2005: Not mentioned at all.
1971: WW grosses out and frightens the kids with a raft ride through a tunnel of sorts where disturbing images play out on a screen.
2005: WW takes the kids on a harrowing white-water raft ride through the factory, catching glimpses of various rooms in the factory during the trip.
Those are all of the details I can think of for now. I’m sure later contributors to this thread can add some more questions and point out more differences.