Total legend Roald Dahl would have been 100 this year. A creator of weird and wonderful kids books, some of his finest characters have a hell of a lot in common with some of today’s biggest rock stars.
Willie Wonka and Jack White:
Jack White’s incredible Third Man Records store and record label has often been compared to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The two are both eccentric inventors, both pushing the boundaries of their respective fields (confectionary and music). We salute and adore the both of them.
Matilda and Grimes:
But of course! Matilda is the amazing prodigy with a little bit of lisp, and, well, so is Grimes. Grimes’ telepathic powers are yet to be proven, but her way with beats and pop bangers is pretty out of this world.
Mike Teavee and Kanye West:
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory brat is basically a young Kanye West; all aggy and self-important, and in love with modern technology. He also talks back to Willie Wonka, which is just the kind of thing Kanye would do.
Violet Beauregarde and Taylor Swift:
The blonde, prissy 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film character is a ringer for Taylor Swift. She’s got a pushy showbiz mom-ager, she’s at the top of her game (Violet in sports, Taylor in pop) and she’s rather competitive. Sound familiar?
The BFG and Josh Homme:
The BFG is a lovely giant. Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age is similarly large (he’s 6’5″ before he’s popped his leather boots on). Both, you feel, would make for wonderful company on a cross-country road trip, full of bants, lolz and with a sneaky bottle of frobscottle to sup as the nights drew in.
The Child Catcher and Alice Cooper:
Now we’re certainly not saying that Alice Cooper likes to spend his evenings with a big net, kidnapping kids, but we can’t help but notice a physical similarity between Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s biggest villian and the shock rocker (who’s actually a rather lovely man who’s more likely to be found at the golf course than the playground.)
Charlie Bucker and Alex Turner:
Charlie and Chocolate Factory’s innocent lead has lots in common with the Arctic Monkey’s main man: they’re both stars of the show, they have lovely hair, retro dress sense and a certain working class charm about them.
Baron Bomburst and Elton John:
We don’t really need words here, do we? I mean, have you ever seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Baron Bomburst and Elton John in the same room? Case closed.
Grandpa Joe and John Lennon:
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s Grandpa Joe invented the bed-in in the 1964 book, which John Lennon famously copied in 1969 as a form of protest again the Vietnam War.