Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: In the end where it zooms out and shows the Oompa Loompa narrator, you can see the machines used to shake the snow on the house.

Correction: That is exactly the point. It's part of the factory and it's not snow, it's powdered sugar.


Corrected entry: After all five kids find the golden tickets it's revealed they have to be at the factory on a specific date and time according to the ticket. So what would Wonka have done if all the tickets had not been found by that date? Keep in mind it is also revealed that the "Russian" ticket was a fake which was discovered just before Charlie found the actual remaining ticket. If he had not found that ticket or it was revealed that the Russian ticket was a fake after the specific date had come and passed there would have been only 4 ticket winners to arrive at the factory, so what would have Wonka done then?

Correction: This is a question and not a plot hole. The same scenario is present in the book and original movie. Wonka could have simply proceeded with the tour with the 4 children or pushed the date back. Although the fact that very specific kids, including Charlie, found the tickets means there was more at play than sheer luck and so Wonka knew all 5 real tickets would be found in time.


Correction: Know this: Wonka is a genius. No biased, he just is. He has set the entire day up to see who the "good egg" and the "bad eggs" are. Mike TV was shown the TV room. Verucca was shown animals. Violet was shown the gum room. Wonka most likely knew all the tickets were going to be found. The first movie is better in terms of explaining how everything falls into place, but know that Wonka knew what he was doing.

Corrected entry: The FPS game Mike plays would set the movie no earlier than the mid 1990's, yet in the retrospection scene which is said to take place twenty years earlier, everything from cars to clothes is not younger than from 1950's, which would be about 40 years earlier.

Correction: I don't believe this is actually an error, as this isn't really a movie set in the 'real world', but more of a parody of the world. As discussed in the 'making of' on the DVD, they explained that they didn't really want the place or time to be anything specifically set. Therefore there are more modern things (like the FPS game), and the older things like the 1950s stuff. It's the same reason that the money they use in the movie has been designed to look different - so that you can't identify where it's supposed to be. They never actually specify if Wonka's factory is in England or America.


Corrected entry: Violet's clothes wouldn't be affected by the gum, but her clothes expand and turn blue.

Correction: Her sweatsuit is made of a stretch jersey, and probably has spandex in it, so it would expand around a bloating body. It also turns blue because her body is secreting blueberry juice. You can see this is happening during the transformation scene as stains appear on her clothing in spots and spread out as if it is soaking up liquid. Along with this, when Violet runs her hand across her stomach stains appear where she touches.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie the size of the Oompa Loompa's varies in scenes, between shots where there are full sized characters, and in shots with no full sized characters.

Correction: Maybe Oompa Loompa's are like humans, you get shorter people and taller people so this would explain the size difference.Or maybe the taller Oopma Loompa's are adults while the shorter ones are children.

Correction: Good theory, but we know from Willy Wonka his self that Oompa Loompa's are all small. That is even what the children exclaim, that O. L's are all smaller than them. So having Oompa Loompa's of different sizes is fine, but not with drastic measures. Maybe if they were from different places, but Wonka says that they were all from the same village with the same leader.

Correction: Not a mistake. London has been an international hub since the beginning of travel across the English channel, the finding of another type of currency there is common place. Besides, I've picked up a Euro bill in Switzerland as well and we don't have the Euro as currency.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: When Wilbur Wonka throws the Halloween candy in the fire, some of the candies have the skeleton from "A Nightmare Before Christmas," another Tim Burton film.

Correction: I re-watched the scene, and cannot see Jack Skellington anywhere. There are come candies that have a white skull on them, but they are just generic skeletons. There's also some orange lollipops with a white face on them that looks similar to Jack's face, but, again, it's just a generic Jack-O-Lantern face.

Corrected entry: Despite what is stated in the film, chocolate is not made from the cocoa bean. It is actually made from the cacao bean.


Correction: "Cacao bean" may be the scientific term, but "cocoa bean" is an accepted synonym.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Willy is the only one that can verify the golden tickets, but we never see the Russian ticket rejected or the good tickets even looked at by him.

Correction: The are many ways by which fraud can be detected. The movie never said, nor implied that Willy Wonka was the one who determined the ticket to be forged.

Corrected entry: At times it is obvious that the ship on the chocolate river is a model, given the rigidity of the people sitting on it (although computer sfx allows them to move) and given the droplets of the actual 'chocolate' water, which are too big.

Correction: The large drops of "chocolate" water on the sides are computer generated, and as chocolate is thicker than water, this makes sense. Also, none of the Oompa-Loompas appear "over-rigid" at any time.

Corrected entry: In the chocolate room, Willy Wonka exclaims that Oompah Loomphas are human / real people. He also states (when Augustus Gloop is eating chocolate,) that his chocolate isn't to be touched by human / real peoples' hand. So this means that the Oompah Loomphas are contaminating the chocolate by jumping in during their song. And by the look of the costumes they have for it, they do it often. (00:43:00 - 00:48:45)

Correction: Real people doesn't necessarily mean "human" as we understand it. He says human hands, nothing about Oompa-Loompas touching it, so this mistake is invalid.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie several trucks park on the dry driveway of the chocolate factory to collect the Wonka Bars. It then snows. But when the trucks pull away, there is snow underneath where they were parked.

Correction: The snow was quite heavy before the shots in the factory, to see the process of the chocolate being made, and we don't see the trucks before those shots in the factory, so it is likely the trucks had just arrived when the ground is already covered.

Corrected entry: Even though the Oompah Loompahs wore special swimwear, liquid chocolate from the river should have stuck to their faces and hands like it did with Augustus Gloop during the same scene.

Correction: Okay, liquid chocolate sticks to human skin. How do you know it sticks to Oompah Loompah skin?

Corrected entry: During the course of the film nobody's breath is EVER seen when exhaling, though it is wintertime, and clearly very cold. Though this is occasionally possible, this occurs for the duration of the film.

Correction: Although at times you can't see people's breath, sometimes you can; look closely.

Corrected entry: The snow on the tires of the delivery vans sticks too well (you can see it rotate on the side of the tires) - a dead giveaway of sprayed on artificial snow.

Correction: I have watched this scene and I have seen tires on trucks and cars look like that during heavy snow. The rubber on the tires makes real snow stick just like in the movie.

Corrected entry: After Willy Wonka cuts the big flying insect in half, he immediately looks at his machete. The goo is streaked from end to end, but the streaks should have been perpendicular to the blade due to the swinging action.

Correction: The knife that Willy uses to slice the insect in half is stained and old. It appears the goo is positioned wrong on the blade, but that is a stain on the knife. Also, the scene is too dark to see exactly how the goo is on the knife.

Corrected entry: When the Atlanta news van is outside Violet's house, the call letters of the TV station begin with the letter K. Atlanta's stations (and all stations east of the Mississippi River) start with the letter W.


Correction: True, in general. But: 1) The rule about W/K assignments for radio and TV stations was abandoned for a little while in 1923, when every new station was given a KD call, including KDKA in Pittsburgh (which is still operating). 2) In addition to this, KYW-TV in Philadelphia is another station east of Mississippi that has a K callsign. 3) Seeing how big a media attraction a Golden Ticket winner is, it is not unlikely that reporters and TV crews would travel a bit to get live footage of one of them.


Corrected entry: The film is set in the UK, but Charlie and his family use American words such as "candy" and "vacation" many times throughout the movie.

Correction: Where in this movie has it ever said that it's set in the UK? This is fiction; some people assume that the film is set there because of the way some of the characters talk, but who's to say that they don't live in some made-up country or world?


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie the Golden Tickets are shown being distributed around the world on trucks that leave the gates, but Grandpa Joe says that no one was allowed in the gates after Willy Wonka closed the factory down because he was afraid people would steal his recipes, so why let the truck drivers in? I think it can be safely assumed the Oompa-Loompas are too small to be able to drive a truck. (I do realize Willy Wonka would have needed some method of distribution to make a profit with his factory, but with all the amazing things inside the factory, why not use a chute that goes outside the gates, especially since Willy was as afraid of his recipes getting stolen as he was.

Correction: Actually Grandpa says the only thing you see leaving the factory is the chocolate. And you will also see that the boxes are shipped in the truck. The truck drivers don't get out of the truck nor enter the factory. The boxes are placed into the truck, and the truck leaves.

Corrected entry: The Wonka Chocolate Factory had been closed for years, but now it was operating even though no one was working there. As the gates opened and the five children and their parents walked into the yard, the snow had footprints everywhere in front of them. Who made the footprints if no one worked there?

Correction: Nobody ever says that no one works there. After all, the Oompa Loompas work there. People never see anyone go in or out of the factory, but the Oompa Loompas could move around outside, in the dark, when no one could see them.


Other mistake: In the beginning of the song about Augustus Gloop, computer generated Oompa Loompas can be seen running through the Chocolate Room, preparing to sing their song. In the DVD release, some Oompa Loompas can be seen running to places that no real person could possibly stand on. This mistake was later corrected in the Blu-Ray release.


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Trivia: The many Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are all played by the same man - Deep Roy. They used CGI to duplicate him. He would do a ton of different dance moves so when it's all put together, it would look like there were a bunch of different Oompa Loompas.

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Answer: Wonka is simply uncomfortable around people. Gum chewing is simply an annoyance he never had to put up with as a recluse.

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