questionsmel stuart- director of willy wonka died. which…

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The only part I remember really liking about the new one was when the robotic singing toys burst into flames at the opening of factory....other than that, I prefer classic.

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Has to be the old one, new one had no soul compared to it.

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I like Johnny Depp, he is just a bit odd.

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There has to be some sort of age cutoff that makes you think the original was better. The original came out in 1971, and the new was released in 2005. I'd say anyone who was born in 1981 or before will think the original is better, which includes myself, but that's just a rough guess really. I love Johnny, but a remake can never recapture your childhood perception of something.

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I think the old one was better.

While I like Depp, the new one just didn't really have that feeling of crazed, homicidal yet likeable air that the first one did.

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definitely the old one. though the new one did have fine graphics, it just did not have the heart of the old one.
You cannot make up for that with digital tricks.

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@liss: Your wrong! I was born before your cut off.
But I was not born when it came out....

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I prefer the old for a few reasons:
1. Gene Wilder > Johnny Depp any day
2. The Johnny Depp version only had one little person as all the oompa-loompas. That's just wrong. Little people need work too.
3. The old one seemed to have a good balance of weirdness, mystery, and still feeling like a warm place every kid would kill to live in. The new one just felt weird to me.

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Most definitely the old one. Supposedly the Depp version was more in line with the book.

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I'm a great fan of Depp, but the original movie had both heart and soul, which the Depp version lacked.

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I adored Gene Wilder when the original came out, and loved the movie in its original run. It seemed not to get much airtime anyplace for years and years until after the newer version came out, so I didn't get to see it a second time until recently. I did not see the Depp version in the theaters but at one point it was ubiquitous on satellite where I was working for awhile so I watched it several, maybe dozens of times. The characters in my opinion are like comparing apples and oranges.

Wilder's character was a man with great expectations and ways to bring them about. He was calculating and an adult. Depp's character had a child man who was clueless about the consequences of his actions but critical of the actions of others affected by him. Depp's character has backstory concerning his own childhood, his relationship with his father, how it came about that he would be a chocolatier. The character of this Wonka is far superior. The relationship he develops with Charlie has heart.

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Definitely the original. We could put the videotape in and the kids would be entranced, which gave me and the wife a little time too....:)

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Have you realized that grandpa was really a miserable sack of $hit? His Grandson wins the lottery and he jumps out of bed, but his daughter working 4 jobs to support his lazy a$$? nope, stay in bed.

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The original was wonderful fantasy. The new one more odd, but enjoyable on it's own merits. I agree they are apples and oranges. I liked the first better, but Johnny Depp had whiter teeth!