Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) w/ Peter Gardner

Actor/Director/Writer, Peter Gardner returns to the podcast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Mel Stuart film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which while technically not a musical, it boasts such classic songs as “Pure Imagination”, “Candy Man”, and the Oompa Loompa songs. All of these songs were written by Leslie Bricusse, who has also penned so many other memorable film songs like “Goldfinger”, “Thank You Very Much” from Scrooge, “Talk Like the Animals” from Dr. Doolittle, and the “Love Theme” from Superman (co-written with John Williams). We do a deep dive into both the film and the career of Leslie Bricusse, and Peter also shares his childhood connection to both the film and the marketing blitz that came with it.

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