We know this is the quintessential question. After all, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a well-loved movie based on the wonderful book Charlie and Chocolate Factory. Parents love it, children love it, heck, we even love it.
That does not mean it is perfect.
Our goal is to expose the dark underbelly of the story. To reveal once and for all the truth about the only real villain in the movie (and no, it is not Slugworth). It is Grandpa Joe.
We are going to break down his flaws and point them out with carefully gathered evidence from the canonical sources: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In the nearly two decades since we published this site, others have begun to recognize the evil that is Grandpa Joe. While we appreciate their help in spreacing the message, most of them are not particularly well-researched or documented.
Here at Say No to Grandpa Joe (SNTGJ), we believe that memes may grab attention, but that our level of research differentiates us and has a better chance of convincing the masses.
Unlike certain major news organizations, everything we present will be verifiable. You will be able to see what we have seen and read what we have read. That does not mean you will come to the same conclusions, but we think you will.
Although the footnotes make our sources clear, we also provide a visual cue to identify our sources:
- Any quote or observation with this symbol comes primarily from observing the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- Any quote or observation with this symbol comes primarily from observing the 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- This symbol indicates the material presented came primarily from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- This symbol means the material came from the theatrical adaptation Willy Wonka Junior.
Clearly since the movie is based on the book there are many elements present in both works. In those cases, we gave preference to the movie in this case since site visitors are more likely to be familiar with the movie than the book.
Footnotes and Sources
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart, US, 100 mins).
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