'I can fly faster than any of you!' cried Grandpa George, whizzing round and round, his nightgown billowing out behind him like the tail of a parrot.
"'I can fly faster than any of you!' cried Grandpa George, whizzing round and round, his nightgown billowing out behind him like the tail of a parrot." - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Grandpa George appears in two of Roald Dahl's stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - adapted for two feature films, an opera and a stage musical - and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He is the grandfather of Charlie Bucket and the husband of Grandma Georgina. In the original stories, he is the father of Mrs Bucket, although in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory he became Mr Bucket's father. In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator we learn that Grandpa George is 81 exactly.
If Grandpa Joe is an eternal optimist, Grandpa George is more of a cynic. He reminds Charlie that his chances of winning a Golden Ticket are small, and he - like his wife and Grandma Josephine - is very distrustful of Mr Wonka.
He is also unable to stop himself being greedy when it comes to the Wonka-Vite pills he is offered in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Much like the children who joined Charlie on his trip around the Chocolate Factory, he chooses to ignore Mr Wonka's advice - with equally strange consequences...
Grandpa George has been played on film by Ernst Ziegler (1971) and David Morris (2005).
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