Wednesday, August 31, 2016
RIP Willy Wonka - Gene Wilder
The world lost an amazing actor, author, screenwriter and film director. Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 on August 29, 2016, at home from complications of Alzheimers Disease. He had kept knowledge of his condition private, but had been diagnosed three years prior to his death. According to his family, Wilder died while peacefully holding hands with his wife as he listened to his favorite music. We will remember him as he lives on in the roles that he played.
All of us should remember the timeless movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This was probably the role that Gene Wilder is best known for. There are 2 versions of this movie. The original, released in 1971, starred Gene Wilder as the infamous Willy Wonka. The later version, released in 2005, starred Johnny Depp.
The last of five coveted "golden tickets" falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory. At the end of the tour of the factory, one of the children inherited the whole factory.
This is one of the songs about the tiny Oompa Loompa's, who are the laborers in the factory. You can't help it but to fall in love with these guys and love seeing them sing and dance.
This is probably my favorite song from the movie. It's title is "Pure Imagination". It reminds us all of how wonderful things can be, if we just slow down and get lost in our own imaginations.
Thank you reading and following me through this musical journey: