Warner Brothers has announced a new remake of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie will be a direct-to-DVD release and will star Tom and Jerry.
As shown in the video above, Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory appears to be much closer to the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate starring the late Gene Wilder than the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp. How close this movie will stick to the original book by Roald Dahl is unknown at present. Dahl was so upset by the changes made to the script by David Seltzer that he refused to sell the rights to the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
Alan Tudyk (Wash on Firefly, K-2SO in Rogue One) will voice eccentric candymaker Willy Wonka. Tudyk, currently playing Bruce Wayne’s cousin Van in Powerless, is as well-known for his voice work as he is for acting on screen. He’s done the voices for Green Arrow, Psimon, the Flash, Duke Weaselton, the Duke of Weselton, King Candy, Alistair Krei, Cholly, and many other cartoon roles in shows ranging from American Dad to Robot Chicken.
Fourteen-year-old Max Charles will voice Charlie Bucket. He’s best known for doing the voice of Sherman in the reboot of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the voice of Simba’s son Kion in The Lion Guard, and playing a young Peter Parker in the The Amazing Spider-Man.
Veteran voice actor Ian James Corlett will be voicing Tom. He is best known as Goku on Dragonball Z, but has also worked in Sausage Party, Bob the Builder, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Dinosaur Train, Johnny Test, and Baby Looney Tunes.
Alison Brie, who is currently playing Ruth in GLOW, will provide the voice of Jerry. She also played Trudy Campbell in Mad Men and Annie Edison in Community.Kath Soucie will be reprising her role as Tuffy Mouse from Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz and Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes. This time, Tuffy is an Oompa-Loompa rather than a Munchkin. Ms. Soucie has done so many voice roles, male and female, old and young, that it would be easier to list the few cartoons she isn’t in the the many she is. It’s not unusual for her to do more than one role in the same TV show. Her voice has graced too many cartoons to count: Rugrats, Hey, Arnold!, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Gargoyles, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Tigger Movie, Danny Phantom, Curious George, and Star Wars Rebels. Frank Welker is best known in the field of animation for animal voices: Darwin the dolphin in seaQuest DSV, Scooby-Doo, Bandit in The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest, Bronx in Gargoyles, Abu the monkey in Aladdin, Uni the Unicorn in Dungeons and Dragons, etc. He’ll be playing a major human role in Tom and Jerry and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Grandpa Joe, who accompanies Charlie to the mysterious factory. Welker previously voiced both Tom and Jerry in the 1990s Tom & Jerry Kids Show.
Tara Strong, best known for playing Raven on Teen Titans Go! and Twilight Sparkle on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will have two roles in Tom and Jerry and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She will voice both Mrs. Beauregarde, Violet’s mother, and Cherie Mouse.
Joanna Lumley will be playing Mrs. Gloop, Augustus’ mother. She was Sapphire in Sapphire & Steel, Purdey in The New Avengers, and Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous.
[Editor’s note: the shoe-horning of Tom and Jerry into this Roald Dahl classic is perplexing, given how hard the story would have to be tweaked to make room for otherwise superfluous characters – especially given that even the original motion picture treatment so upset Dahl that he refused to sell the studio the rights to make the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I can’t imagine what his reaction would have been to something like this.]