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Augustus Gloop is a fictional character in the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and subsequent film adaptations.

Background

Augustus Gloop is a gluttonous overeater who is the first of the five children to find a Golden Ticket and win a trip to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, and is also the first to be expelled as a result of not being careful. His nationality is unmentioned in the novel, but both film versions portray him as German. In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he is from the fictitious town of Düsselheim; in the 2005 adaptation, he hails from the real-life city of Düsseldorfmarker.

Augustus in the original novel

In the original novel, Augustus (originally called Sam Greenleaf) is described as an enormous boy who has "fat bulging from every fold, with two greedy eyes peering out of his doughball of a head." His mother encourages his eating habits, saying that eating is his hobby, and that his habits are better than him being "a hooligan." She is blissfully unaware of the results of unhealthy eating, thinking that Augustus wouldn’t eat if he didn’t need to. Little else is revealed of Augustus' personality and his mother does all the talking to the reporters. Augustus' hometown celebrates his Golden Ticket discovery with a public holiday and parade, suggesting that the Gloop family is very popular where they live.

Augustus in the films

Augustus was portrayed by Michael Bollner in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He has decent table manners and is polite to Charlie and the other children, but eats constantly, unlike the other versions; his mother's idea of limiting her son's excess consumption is telling him to "save some room for later." When he is interviewed, he tells the reporters that the contest was going to cost 'Wonka' a fortune in fudge and feels sorry for him as a result. At the Chocolate Room, Augustus drinks from the chocolate river, ignoring Wonka's warning that the chocolate should not be touched by human hands, and a scream from Wonka accidentally knocks him into the chocolate river. He is sucked up a chocolate extraction pipe, and is nearly turned into a mass of chocolate. Near the end of the movie, Willy Wonka says that Augustus would not receive the lifetime supply of chocolate due to his misbehavior, but he would be okay when he leaves with his mother.

In the 2005 adaptation, Augustus is played by Philip Wiegratz and is not nearly as vocal as the other children. He is a less redeeming character than the 1971 version. His gluttony is greatly emphasized as he is regularly consuming chocolate quickly in large amounts, which is also sloppily smeared around his mouth. His diet of just chocolate and meat (his overweight father is a butcher as in movie #1) renders him obese with a lumbering, slow walk, and he discovers the Golden Ticket in his Wonka Bar only after accidentally biting off and nearly swallowing one of the ticket's corners (which he thought might be coconut, nougat, peanut butter and so many other possible flavours). He is rather mean towards Charlie in the one instance when they interact: for no apparent reason, he offers Charlie a Wonka Bar during the tour and then retracts it, telling him he should have brought one of his own. When told by Wonka to "enjoy" the Chocolate Room, he begins to gorge himself on the room's various contents before moving on to the chocolate river, ignoring his mother's subsequent protests and Wonka's warning that the liquid chocolate cannot be touched by human hands yet. Augustus soon loses his balance due to his weight and falls into the river, and is sucked out by the extraction pipe and whizzed off to the "Strawberry Flavored Chocolate Covered Fudge Room." At the end he is taken out of the factory, but he licks the chocolate off his fingers even when his mother asks him to stop.

His hometown of Düsseldorfmarker is briefly seen as a resemblance to a southern German town during winter, with wooden houses and a backdrop of snowcapped Alps mountains. However, the real Düsseldorf is actually the capital city of the western German state of North Rhine-Westphaliamarker in the lower Rhinemarker plains, and is also located near the industrialized metropolis of Ruhr Valleymarker. In the video game, Wonka says at the beginning of the Fudge Room level, "That Bavarianmarker bully has done it again!", which is geographically incorrect.

Augustus's Endgame

In the novel, after he falls into and is sucked out of the chocolate river, Augustus's body shape is altered dramatically: he becomes extremely thin from being squeezed through the pipe. His fate in the 1971 film was not visualized, with only Wonka's insistence that all four bad children would remain intact. In the 2005 adaptation, his physical stature is relatively unchanged after his journey into the Fudge Room. However, he is covered in chocolate, which he eats off himself as he leaves the factory, much to his mother's consternation.

Augustus Gloop Song

The Augustus Gloop Song is the first song performed by the Oompa Loompas in the book and both film versions; it is sung in the Chocolate Room after Augustus is sent up the pipe. The original version talks about Augustus's repulsiveness and his upcoming experience in the fudge machine. The 1971 version centered around what happens if one overeats (and the lyrics are displayed in karaoke style). The 2005 rendition restored some of Dahl's original lyrics; it reassures the tour group that Augustus will be unharmed, but he will be altered, while centering more on Augustus's personality; it calls him "a great big greedy nincompoop," asserts that he is "so greedy, foul, and infantile," and also reveals the impending doom of the machinery that will punish Augustus for his flaws. These lyrics, however, are cut in the movie to edit violence. The song is sung while Augustus is stuck in the pipe, not after he disappears through it as in the novel and 1971 adaptation, implying that Augustus heard it himself.

Augustus Gloop in pop culture

  • A song is titled "Return of Augustus Gloop" by guitarist Buckethead on album "From the Coop". In 2009 a Rolling Stone Magazine Article by Matt Tabbi compared Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini to Augustus Gloop [149668]



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