Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
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If all the laughs come from Depp, who gives Willy the mannerisms of a classic Hollywood diva, the film's heart comes from Highmore, a gifted young performer whose performance is sincere, deep and unforced in a way that's rare in a child actor.
In 2002, Burton, who was somewhat estranged from his own parents, visited his dying mother in Lake Tahoe and discovered she had framed posters of all his films on her walls;  this mirroring a scene towards the end of Charlie where it is revealed Dr. Michael Jackson actively sought the role and secretly recorded an original soundtrack for the film at a small studio in Los Angeles.Because the Oompa-Loompa musical numbers would require complex choreography and be shot on set, Elfman had to compose those songs before filming began. Deep Roy was cast to play the Oompa-Loompas based on his previous collaborations with Burton on Planet of the Apes (2001) and Big Fish (2003).
Along with the much naughtier children, Charlie gets a chance to meet the Oompa-Loompas and vies for a mysterious prize. Guy Lodge of The Guardian claimed that the film's reputation was hurt by Depp's "off-puttingly fey, chilly spin on Wonka", even though "Burton's film handily trumps [the 1971 adaptation] for cinematic verve and vibrancy. Depp and Burton may fly too high on the vapors of pure imagination, but it's hard to not get hooked on something this tasty. In addition to Nestlé, Hostess introduced Chocolicious WonkaCakes, and Wendy's released Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed kids' meal toys. He said, "Scott Frank's version was the best, probably the clearest, and the most interesting, but they had abandoned that.Based on the book by Roald Dahl, while visiting the chocolate factory of the eccentric Willie Wonka, five children get a chance to receive five golden tickets, each wrapped within a candy bar. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marks the first time since The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) that Elfman contributed to a film score using written songs and his vocals. Paul King and Timothée Chalamet, who respectively directed and starred in Wonka (2023), a prequel to Dahl's story, stated that they were fans of Burton's adaptation.
Burton and August incorporated many parts of the book that were absent from the 1971 film adaptation, including the construction of the Indian Prince's chocolate palace, the inclusion of Charlie's father, and Veruca Salt's attack by squirrels. The HD DVD release also introduced an audio commentary by Burton, a music-only audio track, a "Club Reel", and an in-movie experience titled "Television Chocolate", with trivia and interviews overlayed onto the screen during the film. He receives monetary offers for the ticket, but the cashier warns him not to trade it regardless, and Charlie runs back home.
Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra plays during a sequence in the film as a direct reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).