Tearjerker / Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

  • In this adaptation, Charlie's father is deceased, as evidenced by Grandma Josphine remarking, "If only his father were alive."
  • Charlie thinking that he found a ticket from the Wonka bar he received on his birthday.
  • "Cheer Up, Charlie" Oh, the feels....
  • The scene where Charlie and Grandpa Joe open a Wonka bar together only to find nothing inside except the chocolate.
    Charlie: You know? I bet those Golden Tickets make the chocolate taste terrible.
  • The (fake) fifth ticket being found. Charlie cries in his bed, his mother and grandparents not knowing he's still awake.
    Grandpa Joe: The little boy's got to have something in this world to hope for. What's he got to hope for now?
    Grandma Georgina: Who's going to tell him?
    Mrs. Bucket: Let's not wake him. He'll find out soon enough.
    Grandpa Joe: Yeah, let him sleep. Let him have one last dream.
  • The scene in Wonka's office, when Wonka tells Charlie and Grandpa Joe that they didn't win. Obviously, it's devastating to Charlie, and this in turn hurts Grandpa Joe, but Wonka's real purpose for the contest makes you wonder if he was angry because they "stole" from him, or if it was a more personal disappointment in Charlie.
    Grandpa Joe: I just wanted to ask about the chocolate - Uh, the lifetime supply of chocolate... for Charlie. When does he get it?
    Wonka: He doesn't.
    Grandpa Joe: Why not?
    Wonka: Because he broke the rules.
    Grandpa Joe: What rules? We didn't see any rules. Did we, Charlie?
    Wonka: Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if - and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy - "I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained," et cetera, et cetera... "Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum," et cetera, et cetera... "Memo bis punitor delicatum"! It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!
    Grandpa Joe (clearly shocked): ...You're a crook... you're a cheat and a swindler! That's what you are! How could you do a thing like this?! Build up a little boy's hopes and then smash all his dreams to pieces?! You're an inhuman monster!
    Wonka: I SAID GOOD DAY!!!
    • In rehearsals, Wilder downplayed Wonka's anger as a Tranquil Fury, and then on the first take of the blow-up wound up exploding with disgust and anger as seen in the film. He did this without telling Peter Ostrum what he was planning, and his look of fear and sadness is completely genuine. The poor kid looks like his world is falling apart.
  • At the beginning of the film, Charlie watching wistfully from outside the candy store as the other kids are able to gorge themselves on candy, a luxury he wants but can't have.
  • It's hard not to feel sorry for poor Mr. Salt, as bratty Veruca pouts over not getting her Golden Ticket on the first day of the contest and berates him for being a "rotten, mean" father.
  • Violet's downfall. Unlike other versions, she doesn't come across as extremely unpleasant. A bit rude and ill-mannered, but what kid isn't at times? As she starts turning into a blueberry, she's visibly scared of what's happening and begs for someone to help her, though the way she handles it is a bit unnerving, considering that despite she is scared and shocked, she is also a little calm. In addition, Violet is the only one who's around for her Oompa-Loompa song, looking utterly humiliated and defeated. It also doesn't help that her song is much slower and more somber than the others, or that the Oompa-Loompas openly tease her by rolling her around like a soccer ball. Sadly, Violet is the nicest among the naughty children, besides Augustus (who has decent table manners), but her song is the harshest and the Oompa-Loompas do enjoy mocking her. It also seems the guests at first are concerned when Willy Wonka does tell Violet's father that he did not get his invention right yet, the way everyone looks at him, but after she starts inflating, it is not until the Oompa-Loompas sing to her that they seem concerned, but this could be due to character's perception.
    • It doesn't help if you know that Denise Nickerson was utterly miserable while filming that scene. For the full blueberry effect, she was sandwiched between two halves of a styrofoam ball, which was weighed down by a cinderblock to keep her upright. It took forty minutes for her to get into the costume, which meant that removing it was a once-a-day operation over an eight-hour shoot. She couldn't get out of it for lunch, having to be rolled every five minutes by a stage hand to keep the blood circulating. Upon getting out, Nickerson said that every part of her body had pins and needles. On top of that, the costume was nearly as wide as the Oompa-Loompa actors were tall, which meant a lot of getting rolled into walls or the metal door. In her own words, the Oompa-Loompas "didn't have their blueberry driving licenses."
    • Her misfortunes didn't quite end there. Upon finishing the blueberry scene, Nickerson flew home to New York. Two days later, she was sitting in math class when suddenly all the kids started staring at her. Why? Her face was turning blue! The makeup had seeped deep into her pores and resurfaced. Fortunately, unlike Violet in the book, it wasn't permanent.
  • A meta example: Gene Wilder (the actor behind the title character of the 1971 adaptation, Willy Wonka) passed away on August 29th 2016 at the age of 83 due to complications of Alzheimer's disease.
    • The official statement released by his family announcing his death mentioned that Wilder had the disease since 2013, yet kept the news private until the end, as he did not want his youngest fans to worry about "poor old Mr. Wonka" and feel sad for him when they saw him in public. He couldn't bear the thought of being the cause of "one less smile in the world".
      • It also crosses into Heartwarming: many celebrities end up regretting their iconic film roles and would have used their condition to either lash out or just as likely get people to leave them alone. Wilder on the other hand understood the power of the role and wanted to ensure that every child and adult who saw him would be comfortable coming up and saying hello. He cared for children THAT MUCH.
    • The cast's tributes on Twitter also count.
    Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca): "Time is a precious thing, never waste it." #genewilder :'(
    Denise Nickerson (Violet): But weren't we so very fortunate to have been able to spend ANY time with such a beautiful soul, let alone 6-9 weeks!
    • Peter Ostrum (Charlie) described Wilder's death as losing a parent. Also, upon learning of Gene Wilder's passing, Ostrum changed his social-media profile to read, "Former-child-actor, veterinarian, inherited a chocolate factory on 29 August 2016".
    • Paris Themmen (Mike) posted a tribute picture on Facebook of the Wonkavator flying into the sky.