Charlie Bucket
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Charlie Bucket

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Charlie Bucket with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket is the titular protagonist of Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was born and raised to a poor but loving family who can only afford chocolate as a once-a-year birthday present. In a miraculous stroke of luck, he is the finder of the last of five Golden Tickets, which allows him to attend a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Due to being the only one of the Golden Ticket winners to not succumb to any of the vice-punishing temptations within the factory, Charlie is rewarded by becoming Wonka's heir to the establishment.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Aug 18 2017
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Charlie BucketFreddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017)
Charlie BucketLincoln Melcher
Lincoln Melcher


Neither actor is particularly remarkable in the part, which isn't helped by the role's lack of material to make a big impression out of, though Melcher sounds the slightest bit more natural, so my vote's leaning toward him.



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said at 11:40 PM on Mon Apr 16 2018
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Hard to say here. How to correctly portray Charlie is debatable as where he's from is never indicated in the book. I might go for Lincoln, if for no other reason, just because he's more like the Charlie from the original movie, which I prefer. Giving Freddie credit where it's due, though, he does a real good job avoiding the almost robotic deliveries you hear on video games only too often.
said at 3:21 PM on Fri Oct 20 2017
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I'll go with Freddie
said at 11:52 AM on Tue Aug 22 2017
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Freddie's voice seems more fitting for Charlie to me, but Lincoln's acting feels more natural: tough call, really, both performances have their pros and cons- tie for me.
said at 7:30 PM on Fri Aug 18 2017
Yeeeeeah I don't really care for either of them. Lincoln has the better direction, but Freddie has the better voice.
said at 7:15 PM on Fri Aug 18 2017
Do I dare say Charlie is bland period? Also the 2017 version has some pretty bad writing problem in the beginning like the bread incident how on earth does his family not call him out on this?

Regardless... I'm amused they hired a real boy just for him in the cartoon the other four weren't so lucky, he was the most tolerable of the five but I only thought it was okay.

I actually like Freddie's performance, he was doing the standard bland version too but his acting was pretty good even in the games and his voice was a bit more distinct
said at 5:18 PM on Fri Aug 18 2017
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I guess he's just lucky to be here.
Shaun Ince
said at 2:30 PM on Fri Aug 18 2017
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Both actors aren't very spectacular in the role but Lincoln sounds better than Freddie in this role. Also I was never fond of Charlie in the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
said at 11:29 AM on Fri Aug 18 2017
1. Freddie Highmore- While I'm not a fan of Charlie's character in this version, I prefer this voice. It sounds more like a young boy, despite being a bit forced and his acting is pretty good.
2. Lincoln Melcher- While his voice sounds more natural and his acting is okay, I don't like how deep his voice is. It's kind of off-putting for the character.
said at 11:27 AM on Fri Aug 18 2017
Both really didn't get much to work with if you ask me.

Highmore sounds a bit iffy in the game based on the Tim Burton film and Melcher was alright but just didn't have the same sort of charm the original actor had.

If I was forced to pick which one though, I'd go with Highmore.
said at 11:10 AM on Fri Aug 18 2017
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Both are decent, but I'm leaning a little bit towards Freddie Highmore.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:49 AM on Fri Aug 18 2017
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The total saccharine nature of the Burton version of Charlie puts me off from the start. He barely seems human to me because of how overt it is.

Lincoln loses a lot of the original version of his Charlie's character to the gratuitous additions and subtractions of the material he's working from, but it's still there. The Charlie of the old musical was much more relatable and that still shows a little bit even in the terrible lazy movie Lincoln's stuck with.
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