New York, NY â€“ July 15, 2005 â€“The videogame adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, published by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is now available in retail stores across North America for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Nintendo Game BoyÂ® Advance and PC, with the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ version available next week. The game features key talent from the Warner Bros. Pictures film being released in theaters on July 15th.
The gameâ€™s celebrity lineup includes the likeness of Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp, who stars as Willy Wonka in the film, which is based on the Roald Dahl book and directed by Tim Burton. Additionally, the following talent from the film have provided their voice and likeness for the game: Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket, David Kelly as Grandpa Joe, Philip Wiegratz as Augustus Gloop, Julia Winter as Veruca Salt, Jordan Fry as Mike Teavee, and AnnaSophia Robb as Violet Beauregarde. Deep Roy provides his likeness as the Oompa-Loompas, and Geoffrey Holder provides his voice as the Narrator. Burton has provided creative consultation for the game.
â€œWe have developed a uniquely fun gaming experience which builds on Tim Burtonâ€™s film and creative vision of the Roald Dahl book,â€ said Jean Raymond, Director of Marketing for Take-Twoâ€™s Los Angeles office. â€œWeâ€™re confident the game recreates the visual quality of the movie while delivering fun interactive environments within the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory universe to players.â€
â€œBasing a game on this extraordinary Tim Burton film and having this remarkable lineup of talent extend their roles into the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory videogame will greatly enhance the playersâ€™ overall experience,â€ said Philippe Erwin, Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. â€œPlayers can engage in their favorite film scenes, which are further expanded inside the game with hours of gameplay.â€
Inspired by the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton and based on the classic Roald Dahl book, the videogame allows players to embark on an adventure exploring the many extraordinary environments of the factory, including some elements from the book that do not appear in the film, accompanied by everyoneâ€™s favorite Oompa-Loompas. Players discover what happens after the other children, greed-driven and unrestrained, wreak havoc throughout the factory and solve mystifying puzzles using special candy powers. Only by helping the Oompa-Loompas and restoring order to the factory can gamers earn the respect of Willy Wonka and win a prize beyond their wildest imagination! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is rated â€œEâ€ for everyone.