“What is this, a freakout?!” Veruca Salt asked a pretty good question as the golden ticket holder’s ominous tour boat creeped into psychedelic waters in the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Starting this Friday, December 9-11, fans of the classic will have a chance to experience it in a whole new way, when SIFF Presents the film in “Smell-O-Vision.” From SIFF:
“Gene Wilder stars in this family classic presented with “Smell-O-Vision” goodie bags that hardworking Oompa Loompas have filled with fragrant and tasty treats! Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all while sing along with timeless songs like “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination.”
It’s been more than 40 years since audiences first got a load of the bizarre adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. Not just for kids, the film continues to delight and at times frighten audiences with its dark and bizarre undertones. Remember when Violet disobeys Wonka’s orders and gets turned into a human-sized blueberry? Do we really think she’s going to be okay after that? Will Augustus Gloop really survive going up that chocolate river tube without drowning? And when Veruca Salt goes down the trash chute in the golden goose factory, Wonka straight up says she’s only got a 50/50 shot of not being burned up in the incinerator. Seems to me the glass could just as easily be looked at as half empty.
Having said all of that, The show’s meant for all ages.
Visit SIFF.net for ticket information and showtimes. Finally, take a look at this “wonderous” boat ride while you’re at it. Seem’s like some of these ticket-holders can’t handle their high…
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision
When: December 9-11
Where: SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison St)
Tickets are $15 or $10 for SIFF members