In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, chocolateer Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) launches a worldwide frenzy when he inserts five golden tickets into his famous Wonka Bars. Each ticket gives the owner a chance to tour the chocolate factory and win a lifetime’s supply of chocolate. Five children find the tickets and come to the factory for the tour. As the day passes, each of the children falls prey to his or her own greed, except for Charlie Bucket—a poor boy who won the last ticket available.
In this scene near the end of the movie, Wonka unveils his true plan: to find a suitable owner to whom he could give the factory.
Willy: How did you like the chocolate factory, Charlie? Charlie: I think it’s the most wonderful place in the whole world. Willy: I’m very pleased to hear you say that, because I’m giving it to you. (Charlie and his grandfather are stunned.) That’s all right, isn’t it? Grandpa: You’re giving Charlie the… Willy: I can’t go on forever, and I don’t really want to try. So who can I trust to run the factory for me when I leave to take care of the Oomph Loompas? Not a grownup. A grownup would want to do everything his own way, not mine. That’s why I decided a long time ago I had to find a child—a very honest, loving child whom I could tell all my most precious candy-making secrets. Charlie: And that’s why you sent out the golden tickets? Willy: That’s right. So the factory’s yours, Charlie. You can move in immediately.
Reminds me that children respond in faith and do as they are told because they have no preconceived notions of how it should be done.