History Trivia / WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory

20th Jun '16 4:35:50 PM bowserbros
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* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The film underwent a full-script rewrite after Roald Dahl, who was commissioned to write the original screenplay, kept failing to meet deadlines.
** According to the film's director, the producers changed the title of the film not only to promote the Wonka candy brand, but also due to the UnfortunateImplications revolving around the name "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."[[labelnote:Explanation]]"Mister Charlie" is a slur used in black communities to refer to a white man in a position of power, and "chocolate" can easily be misconstrued as an insult to black people for obvious reasons. Thus, fear of offending African-American audiences became a big factor in altering the film's title, especially in light of the original novel containing several elements of ValuesDissonance (the naming of an Indian prince as "Pondicherry" and the original depictions of the Oompa-Loompahs as African pygmies).[[/labelnote]]
11th May '16 9:59:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jean Stapleton was offerred the role of Mike Teevee's mother at the same time she was also being offered the role of [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]]. Even the director, who begged her to be in the movie, later admitted that she made the right choice.

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Jean Stapleton was offerred the role of Mike Teevee's mother at the same time she was also being offered the role of [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]]. Even the director, who begged her to be in the movie, later admitted that she made the right choice.
3rd May '16 10:27:04 AM dsneybuf
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* BreakawayPopHit: For several years, the opening number "The Candy Man" was better known than the film when it was CoveredUp by Music/SammyDavisJr, but as the movie became VindicatedByCable, the cover version slowly became dismissed as kitsch. The Davis version has found use as a jingle/theme by Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme. In the mid-to-late-'70s and early-'80s [[RepurposedPopSong it became better known as a jingle for M&M candies in the US]].

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* BreakawayPopHit: For several years, the opening number "The Candy Man" was better known than the film when it was CoveredUp by Music/SammyDavisJr, but as the movie became VindicatedByCable, the cover version slowly became dismissed as kitsch. The Davis version has found use as a jingle/theme by Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme. In the mid-to-late-'70s and early-'80s [[RepurposedPopSong it became better known as a jingle for M&M candies in the US]].US]], which Zedd and Aloe Blacc rewrote in 2016 for the candy's 75th anniversary.
1st May '16 3:35:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* CutSong: An EditedForSyndication case -- Mrs. Bucket's solo "Cheer Up, Charlie" is often cut from commercial TV airings at the director's request, as he felt it was not vital to the narrative. Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, it's become common to leave this in but cut the boat ride sequence instead.
12th Apr '16 6:02:42 AM GothicProphet
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** Creator/RoaldDahl reportedly wanted Creator/SpikeMilligan to play the part of Willy Wonka. The fact that Milligan was not cast as Wonka was allegedly one of the reasons Dahl refused to allow ''Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'' to be made into a movie, even writing that decision into his will. (Dahl also would have been happy with Creator/PeterSellers, but Milligan was his first choice.)

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** Creator/RoaldDahl reportedly wanted Creator/SpikeMilligan to play the part of Willy Wonka. The fact that Milligan was not cast as Wonka was allegedly one of the reasons Dahl refused to allow ''Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'' to be made into a movie, even writing that decision into his will. (Dahl also would have been happy with Creator/PeterSellers, but Milligan was his first choice.))
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24th Dec '15 2:41:37 PM KoopaKid17
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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie received positive reviews from critics but was a disappointment at the box office. It has since gained a bigger audience through television airings and home video releases.
3rd Dec '15 10:25:02 AM twilicorn
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* BreakawayPopHit: A temporary case. For a little while, the opening number "The Candy Man" was better known than the film when it became a big hit for Sammy Davis, Jr., but as the movie became VindicatedByCable, the cover version slowly became dismissed as kitsch. The Sammy Davis, Jr. version has found use as a jingle/theme by Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme. In the mid-to-late-'70s and early-'80s it became better known as a jingle for M&M candies in the US.

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* BreakawayPopHit: A temporary case. For a little while, several years, the opening number "The Candy Man" was better known than the film when it became a big hit for Sammy Davis, Jr., was CoveredUp by Music/SammyDavisJr, but as the movie became VindicatedByCable, the cover version slowly became dismissed as kitsch. The Sammy Davis, Jr. Davis version has found use as a jingle/theme by Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme. In the mid-to-late-'70s and early-'80s [[RepurposedPopSong it became better known as a jingle for M&M candies in the US.US]].
1st Sep '15 7:28:56 PM Kytseo
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* {{Defictionalization}}: While they look nothing like they do in the film, there actually is a line of Jawbreakers called Everlasting Gobstoppers.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: While they look nothing like they do in the film, [[http://smile.amazon.com/Gobstopper-24-1-77-Oz-Boxes/dp/B0017OX0HS/ref=sr_1_3?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1441160849&sr=8-3&keywords=Everlasting+Gobstoppers there actually is a line of Jawbreakers called are real life Everlasting Gobstoppers.Gobstoppers]]. Appropriately enough, they're basically Gobstoppers (otherwise known as Jawbreakers)
1st Sep '15 7:25:53 PM Kytseo
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* {{Defictionalization}}: While they look nothing like they do in the film, there actually is a line of Jawbreakers called Everlasting Gobstoppers.
23rd Jun '15 4:54:03 PM Schroeder1174
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*** In a somewhat related note, 2011 saw the release of ''[[http://www.bearmanormedia.com/i-want-it-now-by-julie-dawn-cole-with-michael-esslinger?search=julie%20dawn%20cole I Want It Now!]]'', Julie Dawn Cole's memoirs, featuring, in-depth, a first-hand recollection of her experiences filming ''Willy Wonka'', as well as the subsequent reunions and commemorations of the movie over the years, with plenty of rare photos taken during the movie's production. As of 2015, she is the first and only "Wonka kid" to have published any recollections of making the film.



** Creator/RoaldDahl reportedly wanted Creator/SpikeMilligan to play the part of Willy Wonka. The fact that Milligan was not cast as Wonka was allegedly one of the reasons Dahl refused to allow ''Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'' to be made into a movie, even writing that decision into his will. (Dahl also would have been happy with Creator/PeterSellers, but Milligan was his first choice.)

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** Creator/RoaldDahl reportedly wanted Creator/SpikeMilligan to play the part of Willy Wonka. The fact that Milligan was not cast as Wonka was allegedly one of the reasons Dahl refused to allow ''Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'' to be made into a movie, even writing that decision into his will. (Dahl also would have been happy with Creator/PeterSellers, but Milligan was his first choice.)
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