Willy Wonka is one of my favorite films too. The songs are not great, but otherwise it's flawless. Such a great, wonderful adventure and the casting of all the 5 kids was spot on. The wrong child actor as Charlie could easily have come across as irritating or dull given the sheer over-the-top charisma of the other kids playing the spoiled brats, but Charlie came across so understated and down to Earth, you almost want to cry at the end when he finally triumphs. Gene Wilder was genius. Re: the other kids, though Veruca Salt is the one every seems to remember the most, my personal fave was Violet Beauregard, the obnoxious-to-a-point daughter of the tacky used car salesman and the scene where she blows up into a giant blueberry and gets rolled out by the Oompa Lumpas. And the fast-paced, madcap feel to the whole film - gorge!