A select few fans of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory are united on one front: Charlie's Grandpa Joe is a dirtbag. This Grandpa Joe hate isn't unfounded - the man's irresponsible lifestyle and immaturity create a whirlwind of troubles for Charlie, which only worsens when the patriarch rises from his 20-year bedridden hibernation to join Charlie on his journey to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
While Willy Wonka film conspiracies might attempt to explain away Grandpa Joe's callous and often absurd behavior, examples of the old-timer's cruel or offensive actions are sprinkled throughout the film without explanation, enticing Willy Wonka enthusiasts to "say no to Grandpa Joe."
Throughout the film, as the children entangle themselves in one dilemma after another, they may appear to be their own antagonists. However, the true villain in Willy Wonka is Grandpa Joe. He's a professional at manipulating Charlie - as well as his entire family - all for his own gain. From encouraging irresponsible spending to endangering his grandson in the Fizzy Lifting room, Grandpa Joe proves that he only exists to care about himself.
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He Pretended To Be Bedridden For Years, Even Though He Was Perfectly Agile
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He Smokes A Pipe Of Tobacco Every Day, Even Though His Family Is Stuck Eating Cabbage Water
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He Convinces Charlie To Steal Fizzy Lifting Drinks And Almost Gets Them Killed
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He Sings About Charlie’s Golden Ticket As Though He Won It Himself
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He Seems Unaffected By What He Can Only Assume Are The Deaths Of Several Children
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He Yells At Wonka When Charlie Doesn’t Get The Prize, Even Though He’s In Breach Of Contract