Auds looking to find a golden ticket in Warner's two-disc "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will come up empty-handed. Still, while short on long-term nutrients, the limited bonus features do supply a quick sugar rush.
Auds looking to find a golden ticket in Warner’s two-disc “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will come up empty-handed. Still, while short on long-term nutrients, the limited bonus features do supply a quick sugar rush.
Helmer Tim Burton’s take on the classic Roald Dahl tome relies on plenty of visual frosting to bring the book to life, so it’s no surprise the extras (isolated on disc two) concentrate primarily on behind-the-scenes magic. Of the handful of brief featurettes detailing the pic’s production, the best is “Attack of the Squirrels,” which takes a look at the efforts put into training a small army of squirrels to sort nuts on command. The process of turning the diminutive thesp Deep Roy into hundreds of Oompa-Loompas is explored in another amusing docu.
There’s also a nice, 17-minute look at Dahl himself, which forgoes the usual academic analysis for rather touching testimonials from the scribe’s family, friends and colleagues.
The rest of the extras are all moppet-oriented interactive games that, like chewing gum, lose their flavor after a few minutes. The enclosed trading card pack may also hook kids, but older DVD junkies will be bummed that there isn’t more here, including a sorely-missed Burton commentary.