I was reminded of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the other day by this Boing Boing post about the actors who played the golden ticket-winning children in the film. I first saw the film when it happened to be on TV on some quiet afternoon 15 years or so ago. It was one of those children’s entertainments where you only realize how weird it is when you look back on it years later. Of course, all the wacky material was already there in Roald Dahl’s novel. I should do a post about him sometime as well. Awesome.

So anyway, here’s a central scene from the film that exemplifies its uncomfortable strangeness:

This also reminded me of one of my favourite Onion articles of all time, U.N. Orders Wonka To Submit To Chocolate Factory Inspections:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a longtime advocate of regime change in the Wonka Empire, is urging President Bush to consider military intervention should Wonka refuse to cooperate.

“The world can no longer turn a blind eye to Wonka’s deception and misdirection,” Rumsfeld said. “Without full inspections, there’s no earthly way of knowing which direction Wonka’s going. Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. And he’s certainly not showing any signs that he is slowing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Who can provide the world with the answer to these pressing questions?”

“The candy man can,” Rumsfeld added grimly.