Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Oh, I know you’re tired. And that it’s early on a Saturday morning. I hear your complaints, you parents of Seattle. But it’s summer, and your kids aren’t cooperating. Rising with the birds at 6 a.m., jacked up on sugary breakfast cereal, freed from their school schedules, the little demons demand to be entertained. And you can’t go to the zoo or the wading pool every day of the week, can you? One morning alternative is the ongoing Films4Families series (through Sept. 20), which today offers the original 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (not to be confused with the dreadful Tim Burton remake starring Johnny Depp). Here it’s Gene Wilder as the stern, reclusive candy magnate of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel. He imparts many valuable lessons to children who are greedy, pushy, and bossy (I’m looking at you, Veruca Salt), which may spare Seattle parents from further finger-wagging. And for a full family day trip, just outside at Seattle Center are the Children’s Museum, International Fountain, Fun Forest, and DuPen Fountain—along with more candy, of course. (G) SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. (McCaw Hall), 448-2186, www.siff.net. $50 (family series), $2–$7 (individual). 10 a.m. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., July 26, 10 a.m., 2008

 
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