I can't believe nobody has mentioned the 1971 Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. The first time I watched it, just looking at the Oompa Loompas gave me nightmares for days, not to mention the cheesy songs and dances. -__-;; The Oompa Loompas weren't even short, for god's sake!
They even took out the squirrels, and replaced them with what...Geese?! If that wasn't bad enough, they turned the whole thing into a musical, with songs that I don't even get (either the words were too jumbled up and I couldn't hear the words or I don't get why they put the song there 'coz it sounded out of place). I just don't understand why people think it's a good family movie. :x
yeah, well the new one wasn't that great either, what with the oompa loompas and their new
cheesy songs and dances and honestly the technology effects in the new movie drew me away from the storyline and made me care less about what was happening. Though they did do a good job of making the children more competitive, all of the things that could and did make the newer version more vibrant or longstanding kind of took it down a notch in my opinion. I grew up with the 1971 version, and it is a classic. As for a family movie, Roald Dahl happened to be a very very dark person. If you look at the undertones of his books, you'll see some kind of hatred for parents and people doing nasty things to eachother. Matilda, for example, spawned her telekinesis by her hatred of her family/father. The Twits are just this nasty couple that tries to kill eachother all the time. James and the Giant Peach features good parents, but apparently their goodness got them swallowed up by a rhino so he had to live with his two twisted aunts that treated him like a slave. That all being so, you can't exactly expect the movies based off his books to be the perfect family movie.
Agreeing with Inkmonkey too, in 1971 they didn't have that technology, and everyone would be complaining if they tried to make the squirrels. Try not to compare the book to its movie counterpart, because sometimes things must be changed to accomodate what's happening in that day and age and if it flows well with a story. If they could make it work. They tried their best and the acting's great. Gene Wilder anyday makes that day.
Often classics are better than the remakes.
Now, I would have to say a bad movie is the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho with Vince Vaughn and William H. Macy. Let me tell you, they tried to film it like it was set back in time, but with color. It was horrible. Just... I don't even want to go into it. They should have filmed it in black and white or they should have made it seem real. It was a homage to Alfred Hitchcock, but I can't even tell you how ridiculous it was.