Watch the Willy Wonka Cast Reunite 40 Years Later
The Today show treated Movieline's scrumdiddlyumptious readership to a thrill this morning, reuniting key cast members from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (minus Gene Wilder and the late Jack Albertson) 40 years later. Does Charlie Bucket still look fresh as a daisy? Did Violet Beauregarde age into an adorable blueberry? Does Mrs. Bucket still sing "Cheer Up, Charlie" into the night? Prepare yourself a fizzy-lifting drink and click through for video.
We can all agree that Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) is the greatest veteran since he still wears the silly German hat. Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole) and Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson) look amazing, so they come in second. Charlie (Peter Ostrum) sports facial hair that belongs at a 40-year Village People reunion, but I respect that.
Who are your favorite Willy Wonka characters? Without a doubt, mine are Violet's car salesman father Sam ("You're turning violet, Violet!") and Charlie's percentage-obsessed teacher Mr. Turkentine.