Monday, June 14, 2010

Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket

Above is an image of the Quaker version of "Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket". I've had this since the movie came out in 1971. Not sure if I got it out of a Quaker brand cereal or at Burger Chef or out of a Wonka candy or at the theater.

I have asked for years whether this interpretation of Willy Wonka as pictured on the ticket was designed by the Jay Ward staff, and no one, including Charles Ulrich and Keith Scott (Jay Ward experts) has accepted that this was his design, despite the fact that there is a Quaker produced Wonka press kit that pictures Wonka alongside Cap'n Crunch and crew, Quangaroo, Quisp, Quake and King Vitaman.

The ticket is one of my prized possessions. I never did order the "Candy Factory Kit" as advertised on the reverse side, despite the fact that it's something I SHOULD have in my collection. I've had the opportunity to purchase one many times, just never have.

Anyway, for those who don't know, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is my favorite movie of all time. Some people say, "I like it better than the more recent version with Johnny Depp," to which I reply, "What recent version?"

It's sort of a joke, but there is some truth to it. There was only ONE "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". The atrocity referred to that stars Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton, is called "CHARLIE and the Chocolate Factory" and not "WILLY WONKA and the Chocolate Factory".

Just FYI...