Recently on Today, part of the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunited almost 40 years after the now-classic fantasy favorite first arrived.
As they note at the beginning of the video, the movie — based on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — wasn’t all that well-received at first, and it took some time before it started to develop its following, making it technically a cult classic. But now the movie is something many of us grew up watching, and is a near and dear favorite to millions all over the globe.
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The first thing I personally thought when I saw there was a reunion was “where’s Gene?!” Sadly, Mr. Gene Wilder — who’s still out there somewhere, doing the J.D. Salinger thing — wasn’t able to make the gathering.
So who did attend the reunion? Well, all five of the kids — Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), and Diana Sowle (Mrs. Bucket).