Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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.

Trivia: The squirrels were all real and trained, but when they were all put on the set they began to fight. The squirrel scenes had to be done like the Oompa Loompa scenes, taping all the squirrels separately and pasting them together.

Trivia: In the scene with the young Willy Wonka eating a box of chocolates, he is writing down in a notebook a description of each chocolate he eats. When Roald Dahl was at boarding school there was a Cadbury's factory nearby that used the pupils as testers for their new chocolate, and they were asked to write down their comments in much the same way. This is mentioned in his book Boy.

Trivia: In the ribbon-cutting scene when Willy Wonka cuts the ribbon he turns around then his sleeve is covering his hand so all you can see are the scissor blades poking out. This is a reference to a previous Burton/Depp collabaration, "Edward Scissorhands."

Trivia: Charlie's father works in the Smilex Toothpaste factory. Smilex was the deadly poison gas used by the Joker to kill people in Batman, also directed by Tim Burton.

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Trivia: Wonka's cane is filled with Actual Wonka candy - Nerds candy, to be exact.

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Trivia: A camera lens worth over a half-million dollars was destroyed when it fell into the chocolate river during filming.

Trivia: Marc Forster was originally offered the director's position, but turned it down, saying that after Finding Neverland (2004), he vowed never to work with child actors again. Strangely enough, in 2007, he broke that vowel when he directed The Kite Runner.

Trivia: During the sequence in the "Television Room", there are two references to "2001 A Space Odyssey". First, the Oompa-Loompa is watching the scene where the primates are circling around the monolith. Second, as Willy Wonka starts the machine "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss is played.

Trivia: Five different squirrels were trained to push Mr. Salt into the trash hole.

Trivia: The squirrels in the movie are not CGI, but they're actually weird trained squirrels. There are obviously some parts with CGI, like when they carry Veruca into the pit, but they had about 40 trained squirrels. When they were finished, they gave most of the squirrels to people who wanted them as pets. The others went to zoos.

Trivia: After so many days of filming in the room where everything's edible, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton stated that the supposedly delicious chocolate river started to smell horrible, like rotten eggs.

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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Question: If the Buckets were very poor, then why do they even have TV? Why don't they use the extra money for food?

Answer: The Buckets weren't always dead broke. The TV may have been purchased before they became impoverished.

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Answer: TV is kind of a necessity. Here in the UK debt collectors can't take a TV if it's the only one in the house. Also, they can't afford newspapers so how would they catch up on news? The TV will last for a while whereas it would only buy a few days worth of food, so the TV is a more sustainable option.

Answer: In addition to the other answer about TV basically being a necessity, there's also the very real chance that they got the TV for dirt-cheap or even free somewhere. It looks like a crummy old antenna TV anyways. They often get old TV's in things like thrift stores or flea markets, etc. I actually specifically look for things like old TV's and VCR's in thrift store and find them a lot since I enjoy collecting old analog media and devices. Plus, given that the grandfather used to work for Wonka, it's entirely possible that he bought it in the past before the family became so poor.


Answer: Don't they have to pay for a monthly subscription? Isn't cable paid for every month?

This was based on the book, not the timeframe of the movie. There was no cable for TVs when the book was written OR in the 1971 original film. Yes, cable was available in 2005 at this film's time but that's not the logic here.

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