Willy Wonka, the most famous, eccentric, whimsical and occasionally sinister candy wizard. Wonka summons his
Oompa-Loompa servants for an important announcement: he is planning to retire, and the time has come to choose
Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, their young son Charlie, and Charlie's four bedridden grandparents. Charlie's Grandpa Joe
assures Charlie that Charlie is destined to work for Mr. Wonka making candy, just as Grandpa Joe himself did as a
young boy. Mr. Wonka fired all his employees years ago (after one of his candy recipes had been stolen and sold to
his competitor) and locked the gates of his factory forever.
A group of children gather outside Charlie's house, each clutching a nickel to buy a Wonka bar from the local Candy
Man ("Candy Man"). Charlie is the only child too poor to buy any candy, but the Candy Man treats him to a lollipop
and a copy of yesterday's newspaper.
Charlie takes the paper home, and the Buckets learn from it that Wonka has announced a contest: five lucky children
will receive a tour of his world-famous factory, and receive lots of Wonka chocolate.