Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Okay, so it turns out Roald Dahl Day was yesterday. (They really should print these things on calendars!) Still, it's never too late to celebrate Roald Dahl's wonderful, absurd, and always slightly creepy creations.

Of his 17 childrens books, 7 have been adapted into films: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which became Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory twice!), Fantastic Mr. Fox (to be released later this year), Danny and the Champion of the World (done as a TV movie in 1989), The BFG (an animated film, also from 1989), The Witches (a spooky live-action film from 1990), James and the Giant Peach (done with computer animation in 1996) and Matilda (a feature film from 1996). Two more are in development: The Twits and another remake of The Witches.

But did you know that the author also wrote screenplays? In addition to his contributions to the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he penned the script for another beloved children's film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), based on the book by James Bond writer Ian Fleming. Watch it again and you'll see Dahl's influence all over the place, from the wacky inventions of Caractacus Potts to the strange dance number in wich Dick Van Dyke plays a human wind-up toy.

Check out how children all over the world celebrated Roald Dahl Day!

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