History Trivia / WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory

31st Aug '16 10:05:41 AM thelivingtoad
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* OneBookAuthor: Peter Ostrum was offered a lucrative multi-picture film deal after playing Charlie Bucket, but found film acting to be too much hard work. Instead, he quit acting, went to college and became a farm animal veterinarian in Upstate New York. For years, he declined to talk about the film, to the point where his wife didn't even know he was in it until years into their marriage! He's since cooled to the film and does annual school assemblies in his hometown where he answers student questions about the film and his career in veterinary medicine. He occasionally does Wonka-related events (such as the commentary for the 25th anniversary DVD and television reunions).
31st Aug '16 9:54:56 AM thelivingtoad
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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, and was originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars twice, in 1971 and 2005, but both times they were relatively unsuccessful. Instead, the real hits out of the Wonka line have been quirky fruit-flavored candies that have nothing to do with the film at all, like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip.

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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, and was originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars twice, in 1971 and 2005, but both times they were relatively unsuccessful. Instead, the real hits out of the Wonka line have been quirky fruit-flavored candies that have nothing to do with the film at all, like but reflect the fictional candy company's quirky ethos. In the late 90's, pre-existing Nestle candies such as Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip.Dip were moved to the Wonka brand, where they've thrived under new branding.
31st Aug '16 9:50:42 AM thelivingtoad
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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, and was originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company has tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars multiple times but they never caught on. The real hits out of the Wonka line have been candies that had nothing to do with the film at all like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip. Most of these candies didn't originate with the Wonka line, but came from one former owner or another. Each time Wonka got a new owner, that owner pushed all of their quirky candy products into the line.

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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, and was originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company has tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars multiple twice, in 1971 and 2005, but both times but they never caught on. The were relatively unsuccessful. Instead, the real hits out of the Wonka line have been quirky fruit-flavored candies that had have nothing to do with the film at all all, like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip. Most of these candies didn't originate with the Wonka line, but came from one former owner or another. Each time Wonka got a new owner, that owner pushed all of their quirky candy products into the line.Dip.
31st Aug '16 9:48:37 AM thelivingtoad
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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company has tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars multiple times but they never caught on. The real hits out of the Wonka line have been candies that had nothing to do with the film at all like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip. Most of these candies didn't originate with the Wonka line, but came from one former owner or another. Each time Wonka got a new owner, that owner pushed all of their quirky candy products into the line.

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** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, and was originally a tie-in to the film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company has tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars multiple times but they never caught on. The real hits out of the Wonka line have been candies that had nothing to do with the film at all like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip. Most of these candies didn't originate with the Wonka line, but came from one former owner or another. Each time Wonka got a new owner, that owner pushed all of their quirky candy products into the line.
31st Aug '16 9:48:15 AM thelivingtoad
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* In the 90's, Nestle licensed the Wonka name for a brand of candies; logically, they made Wonka bars (with graham crackers). Sadly, they were discontinued due to poor sales.

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* In ** A Willy Wonka Candy Company has existed since 1971, originally a tie-in to the 90's, Nestle licensed film. It was started by Quaker Oats and then eventually became the property of Nestle. The company has tried to launch Wonka chocolate bars multiple times but they never caught on. The real hits out of the Wonka name for a brand line have been candies that had nothing to do with the film at all like Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy and Fun Dip. Most of candies; logically, they made these candies didn't originate with the Wonka bars (with graham crackers). Sadly, they were discontinued due to poor sales.line, but came from one former owner or another. Each time Wonka got a new owner, that owner pushed all of their quirky candy products into the line.
30th Aug '16 12:44:07 AM goldenroad
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, [[{{Creator/ABCFamily Freeform]] frequently runs this film as part of their weekend lineups, especially around holiday periods. Until the HBO networks reclaimed the TV rights to the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 adaptation of its source novel]] in 2014, Freeform loved running ''both'' versions as a double feature!

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, [[{{Creator/ABCFamily [[{{Creator/ABCFamily}} Freeform]] frequently runs this film as part of their weekend lineups, especially around holiday periods. Until the HBO networks reclaimed the TV rights to the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 adaptation of its source novel]] in 2014, Freeform loved running ''both'' versions as a double feature!



** Mrs. Bucket's song "Cheer Up, Charlie" is often cut from commercial TV airings, and this was the director's idea -- he felt the song was superfluous by that point in the story. Since the late 1990s, Creator/ABCFamily airings often cut the notoriously scary boat ride sequence.
** Creator/ABCFamily uses two different cuts of the film: a condensed one that runs for two hours, and a wholesale one that runs for two and a half. Which one they use depends on what else they want to air and, by extension, The mood that they're in.

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** Mrs. Bucket's song "Cheer Up, Charlie" is often cut from commercial TV airings, and this was the director's idea -- he felt the song was superfluous by that point in the story. Since the late 1990s, Creator/ABCFamily Freeform airings often cut the notoriously scary boat ride sequence.
** Creator/ABCFamily Freeform uses two different cuts of the film: a condensed one that runs for two hours, and a wholesale one that runs for two and a half. Which one they use depends on what else they want to air and, by extension, The mood that they're in.
30th Aug '16 12:04:11 AM goldenroad
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, Creator/ABCFamily frequently runs this film as part of their weekend lineups, especially around holiday periods. Until the HBO networks reclaimed the TV rights to the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 adaptation of its source novel]] in 2014, ABC Family loved running ''both'' versions as a double feature!

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Since the TurnOfTheMillennium, Creator/ABCFamily [[{{Creator/ABCFamily Freeform]] frequently runs this film as part of their weekend lineups, especially around holiday periods. Until the HBO networks reclaimed the TV rights to the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 adaptation of its source novel]] in 2014, ABC Family Freeform loved running ''both'' versions as a double feature!


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* In the 90's, Nestle licensed the Wonka name for a brand of candies; logically, they made Wonka bars (with graham crackers). Sadly, they were discontinued due to poor sales.
22nd Aug '16 9:49:58 AM KoopaKid17
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* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $3 million. Box office, $4 million.
5th Aug '16 2:24:14 PM jameygamer
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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.

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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie received positive reviews from critics but was a disappointment at the box office.office, making ''Willy Wonka'' the first of at least [[Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach three]] [[Film/TheBFG movies]] based off of Dahl's work to become an AcclaimedFlop. It has since gained a bigger audience through television airings and home video releases.
3rd Aug '16 11:48:55 AM tyrekecorrea
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* WagTheDirector: Gene Wilder insisted on the disability fake out / somersault bit being included in Wonka's introduction because he had read the book, and saw Willy Wonka as something of a trickster. Mel Stuart, who had basically waived audition protocol and simply given Gene the part based on his resume, was not about to turn Gene down.
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