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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Family, Fantasy, Musical

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? (Read More)

Themes:inheritance, wealth, greed, rivalry, redemption, poverty, dance, surrealism
Locations:tunnel, germany, elevator, boat, school, restaurant
Characters:boy, girl, children, teacher
Story:chocolate factory, chocolate, factory, candy, ticket, candy store, candy bar, television addiction, paddlewheel boat, competing businesses, imaginary creature, test of character, used car dealer, sudden change in size, couch potato, scanimate, confectioner, tinker, laundress, used car salesman

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)

When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory. (Read More)

Characters:boy, girl, children
Story:chocolate factory, factory, chocolate, ticket, manufacturer, luck, prize, candy, inventor, eccentric, contest, character name in title

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:tunnel, boat
Characters:girl, boy
Story:wallpaper, candy, cane, child protagonist, eccentric, lifting someone into the air, computer, cult film, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Locations:elevator, school
Characters:girl, boy
Story:belch, candy, dwarf, fainting, tv news, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Mary Poppins (1964) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:girl, children, boy
Story:famous score, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. This is why Alice In Wonderland (1951) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:sudden change in size, miniaturization, cane, child's point of view, imagination, birthday, cult film, character name in title, based on novel

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Themes:redemption, surrealism
Locations:elevator, restaurant
Characters:girl, boy
Story:inventor, recluse, chewing gum, flying, factory, slow motion scene, father daughter relationship, father son relationship

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, dance, surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:recluse, famous score, poetic justice, disfigurement, inventor, eccentric, slow motion scene, coming of age, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:children
Story:birthday, eccentric, child's point of view, impersonation, lifting someone into the air, single mother, television, cult film, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

Toy Story (1995)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story (1995)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, redemption
Characters:boy
Story:birthday, friends who live together, imagination, lifting someone into the air, flying, single mother, urban setting, slow motion scene, cult film, family relationships

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Family, Sci-fi

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. This is why E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:boy, girl, children
Story:famous score, child protagonist, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, flying, single mother, cult film, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Click (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:restaurant
Characters:boy, children
Story:inventor, eccentric, wish fulfillment, grandfather grandson relationship, factory, television, computer, slow motion scene, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:candy bar, laundress, fainting, tv news, television, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Family

A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, boy, children
Story:gift, prize, child protagonist, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, contest, cult film, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:girl, boy, teacher
Story:child's point of view, imagination, lifting someone into the air, birthday, coming of age, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. This is why The Iron Giant (1999) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:schoolteacher, chocolate, child's point of view, flying, single mother, cult film, mother son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption, surrealism
Locations:boat
Story:disfigurement, dwarf, fainting, spy, river, slow motion scene, coming of age, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, girl, boy
Story:prize, impersonation, computer, cult film, family relationships

Hook (1991)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:girl, children, boy
Story:miniaturization, friends who live together, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, cult film, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy, girl
Story:pleading, wish fulfillment, friends who live together, famous score, luck, flying, cult film, father son relationship, based on novel

Home Alone (1990) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. This is why Home Alone (1990) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:lifting male in air, ticket, famous score, laundry, child protagonist, child's point of view, imagination, lifting someone into the air, flying, television, cult film, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:greed, redemption
Locations:boat
Story:friends who live together, contract, disfigurement, dwarf, river, coming of age, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy, girl, teacher
Story:birthday, trapdoor, dwarf, lifting someone into the air, slow motion scene, cult film, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, based on novel

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:inventor, famous score, lifting someone into the air, slow motion scene, coming of age, cult film, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance
Locations:elevator, school, restaurant
Characters:children, boy
Story:child protagonist, fainting, river, urban setting, slow motion scene, coming of age, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

The Invention Of Lying (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? This is why The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:wealth
Locations:elevator, restaurant
Characters:boy, children
Story:wish fulfillment, honesty, luck, tv reporter, tv news, birthday, computer, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifa will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:girl, teacher, boy
Story:contract, test of character, laundry, flying, cult film, character name in title, based on novel

The Addams Family (1991)
Comedy, Fantasy

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams step out of 'Charles Addams' (qv)' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? (Read More)

Themes:inheritance, greed
Story:trapdoor, eccentric, lifting someone into the air, cult film, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Ratatouille (2007) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ratatouille (2007)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance
Locations:restaurant, tunnel, boat
Characters:boy, girl
Story:recipe, luck, gift, river, father son relationship

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Themes:redemption
Locations:boat
Characters:girl
Story:eccentric, contest, river, birthday, slow motion scene, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (2001)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (2001)

Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro's dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more. She meets a boy named Haku who tells her that Chihiro and her parents are in danger, and they must leave immediately. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax. The owner of the bathhouse is the evil witch Yubaba, who is intent on keeping all trespassers as captive workers, including Chihiro. Chihiro must rely on Haku to save her parents in hopes of returning to their world. This is why Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (2001) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:greed
Locations:tunnel, elevator, restaurant
Characters:boy, girl
Story:gluttony, famous score, river, cult film, husband wife relationship, character name in title, family relationships

The Golden Compass (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Golden Compass (2007)

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:girl, children, boy
Story:paddlewheel boat, child protagonist, child's point of view, flying, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:tunnel, restaurant
Story:tour guide, inventor, eccentric, flying, tv news, slow motion scene

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competition may be a liar. (Read More)

Themes:dance, surrealism
Story:prize, imagination, dwarf, birthday, cult film, father daughter relationship, character name in title

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, children, boy
Story:prize, child protagonist, child's point of view, imagination, lifting someone into the air, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. This is why Beauty And The Beast (1991) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:inheritance, dance, surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:friends who live together, disfigurement, inventor, birthday, cult film, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

Toy Story 2 (1999) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story 2 (1999)

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again! (Read More)

Themes:greed, redemption
Locations:elevator
Story:friends who live together, tour guide, flying, single mother, television, slow motion scene, cult film, husband wife relationship

Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars (1977)

The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. (Read More)

Locations:elevator
Characters:boy
Story:scanimate, pleading, friends who live together, famous score, poetic justice, impersonation, lifting someone into the air, flying, computer, slow motion scene, cult film, husband wife relationship, family relationships

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:boy, girl
Story:newsstand, child's point of view, inventor, eccentric, river, slow motion scene, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title

13 Going On 30 (2004)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

13 Going On 30 (2004)

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:girl, boy
Story:birthday, competing businesses, wish fulfillment, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them. This is why Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:children, boy
Story:recluse, friends who live together, lifting someone into the air, factory, river, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Pixels (2015)
Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Pixels (2015)

Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. Who will win, us or the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, redemption, surrealism
Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:inventor, dwarf, white house, contest, single mother, slow motion scene, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Shrek Forever After (2010)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek Forever After (2010)

The once hideous ogre Shrek is now living a good life with wife Fiona and his three children. But he soon has a meltdown in front of them and his friends during his kids' birthday party. He suddenly wants to be a real ogre like he was before he ever met Fiona. So he turns to devious deal maker Rumplestiltskin for help. At first, Shrek lives the life he once lost and everything is good. But he soon finds out that he has been set up by Rumplestiltskin, who now rules the land with an ironed fist. Teaming with friends Donkey, Fiona and Puss in Boots, Shrek is in for the fight of his life as he tries to get his life back before time runs out. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, dance
Characters:children
Story:lifting male in air, goose, contract, birthday, character name in title

Aladdin (1992)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:poverty
Characters:girl
Story:wish fulfillment, friends who live together, rags to riches, luck, poetic justice, impersonation, lifting someone into the air, father daughter relationship, character name in title, based on novel

The Karate Kid (1984) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:girl, teacher, boy
Story:class differences, gift, single mother, coming of age, cult film, mother son relationship

Vanilla Sky (2001)
Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to be all real. The mysterious man in the restaurant may be able to shed some light on David's confusion. This is why Vanilla Sky (2001) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:wealth, surrealism
Locations:elevator, restaurant
Characters:girl, boy
Story:spoiled child, luck, contract, disfigurement, cult film

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Wayne Szalinski is your average "nutty scientist", working on a top secret machine that shrinks objects. When it unexpectedly starts working, he's so amazed he forgets to tell his family to be careful. And when they wander into his lab...

Themes:surrealism
Story:sudden change in size, miniaturization, child's point of view, inventor, cult film

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Locations:elevator, boat, school
Characters:teacher
Story:flying, ampersand in title, river, slow motion scene, punctuation in title, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Pinocchio (1940) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Pinocchio (1940)

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:wish fulfillment, famous score, inventor, lifting someone into the air, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:wealth, dance
Story:laundry, lifting someone into the air, fainting, split screen, single mother, slow motion scene, punctuation in title, cult film, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

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