Heartwarming / Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

"Don't forget what happened to the man who got everything he always wanted: He lived happily ever after."

  • Everyone, adults included, eating to their heart's content in the Chocolate Room.
  • When Charlie returns the Gobstopper, feeling himself not worthy.
    Wonka: So shines a good deed in a weary world... (To Charlie) Charlie? My boy. (Shouts in excitement) YOU WON! YOU DID IT! I KNEW YOU WOULD DO IT! Oh, Charlie I am sorry to put you through this, please forgive me.
  • The ENTIRE ending, with Wonka giving Charlie his chocolate factory as the prize. Doubled that Wonka doesn't even flinch or hesitate before Charlie asks if he can bring his family too.
    Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted.
    Charlie: What's that?
    Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
    (they hug)
  • The cast members had high praise for each other.
    • At various points during the DVD Commentary, the now-grown kids sing Jack Albertson's praises.
    • The young man who played Mike Teavee gave Gene Wilder all kinds of grief, but he was very dear to Wilder later.
    • Wilder made it clear that despite the fury that Wonka displayed, he loved Peter Ostrum, and he did for the rest of his life.
    • When Augustus is introduced, the actors recognize the restaurant as one that they frequented during filming. They each speak fondly of the dessert menu.
  • When Charlie finds the Golden Ticket. Even better is the fact that the people around him, in contrast to the desperate and greedy mobs we've seen trying to get a hold of tickets earlier, actually seem happy for him and even get protective when a crowd starts forming.
    Mr. Jopek: Run for it, Charlie! Run straight home and don't stop till you get there!
  • Charlie, who can't be more than ten or so, spending the first money he ever earned in his life on his desperately poor family instead of himself.
  • The song "The Candy Man Can" near the beginning is full of sugary sweet imagery. "Who can take tomorrow, wrap it in a dream, separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream? The candy man can!" It's a very hard song not to smile at!
  • "Pure Imagination". It's just so sweet and heartwarming.
    • After the first stanza, Wonka looks at Violet and she gives a nervous little smile.
    • The usually apathetic Wonka using his cane to give candy to Violet and Mike, the latter when he was struggling to reach it.
    • Grandpa Joe and Charlie exchanging giant candy canes, realizing that they're the same, then chuckle as they eat them.
  • As is "I've Got a Golden Ticket"
    Grandpa Joe: I never thought my life could be/anything but catastrophe,
    But suddenly I begin to see/ a bit of good luck for me...
  • Meta-Example: Julie Dawn Cole's memoir I Want It Now is chock-full of these. For instance, she shares pictures of her original copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where the entire cast wrote personal notes next to illustrations of their respective characters like a high school yearbook.
    • Her birthday celebration also counts, from Gene arranging a color photographer to document her special day to the various gifts the cast gave her. In addition, her mother was able to come all the way to Munich with a birthday cake from their local bakery.
    • The pic of Julie and Denise in Bavarian dresses is quite adorable.
  • The fact that Mr. Beauregarde vows to get even with Wonka for what happens to Violet. Despite his self-centered tendencies, as he tried to use her interview time to plug his car lot, he does care for his daughter and he's the only parent who actually promises legal action against Wonka.