Candyfreak author Steve Almond prefers the original Willy Wonka to the new Burton/Depp Wonka. And he should know: he's not only a candy expert but he's also seen the original 27 times. In this Salon article, he explains why Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most important films in the history of cinema.
I'd have to agree. I haven't seen the new one, but the original holds a special place in my heart. And my older sister's, since she was forced to take me to see the film three times in one month.