* AccidentalInnuendo: [[http://www.dribbleglass.com/articles/wonka-scandal.htm This article]] has a few from the film.
* AdaptationDisplacement: The 1971 film is more familiar to many people than the book -- to the point that there were complaints about the 2005 film making stuff up when what it was actually doing was restoring things that were in the book but left out or changed for the 1971 film.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Was Wonka's infamous rant (under MemeticMutation) an OutOfCharacter moment, or a [[HiddenDepths subconcious]] BerserkButton?
** Some people think Grandpa Joe is a selfish jerk. He says that he'd help Charlie support the family if he could get out of bed, but the only time we actually see him trying is so he can go to the chocolate factory. Him taking the fizzy lifting drinks and willingness to sell out to Slugworth after Wonka's rant are also sometimes held against him.
** Also Grandpa Joe accuses Wonka of being an inhuman monster for crushing Charlie's dream.
*** Justified with them not knowing that it was a test. Gene Wilder overselling his false anger (and coming off as a {{Jerkass}}), when he berates Charlie (everyone's "favorite meme") doesn't help matters either.
** Is Charlie really any better than the other kids?
*** Would any of the other kids had returned the gobstopper, instead of selling it for profit out of spite?
*** The interpretation is that Charlie can give into temptation, but he's not ''defined'' by it. He can recover and maintain his humanity. That's why he is better than the other children.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "Pure Imagination". TheOtherWiki has a good list of cover versions and variations at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_Imagination its entry for the song]]. Among other things, it's been:
** The basis for a production number in the Ben Vereen episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
** Given a second verse and chorus in TheNineties. Leslie Bricusse wrote it for Michael Feinstein when he decided to record the song as the title track of a compilation of children's songs. Most subsequent covers just stick with the original set of lyrics, though Jackie Evancho used the longer version when she covered it in 2012.
** Repurposed for advertisements for the Encore movie networks and, more recently, AT&T.
** The basis for a cheeky opening number for Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards -- she sang the song as a montage of ToiletHumor and StuffBlowingUp from the past year's films ran on a screen behind her.
** Incorporated into the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics; Russell Brand sang the song's opening lines as the lead-in to a rendition of "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am the Walrus]]"!
** The basis for the opening sequence of the dance troupe JABBAWOCKEEZ's Las Vegas production ''Prism''.
** TheElevenOClockNumber in the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 West End stage adaptation of the source novel]], which otherwise has a completely new lineup of songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This pretty much confirms that the song's the BootstrappedTheme not only for this particular movie adaptation, but ''the story as a whole''.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The tunnel scene, which comes and then is never mentioned again, even though realistically such an event would likely cause the characters to ''demand to be let out of this factory''. Ironically, it's probably the movie's most famous scene.
** It's also a DisneyAcidSequence and total NightmareFuel.
* BrokenAesop: Wonka's final line in the film. "You remember what happened to the boy who got everything he wanted? He lived happily ever after." Oh, okay. So when the ''girl'' gets everything she wants, she is a SpoiledBrat and gets punished for it?
** [[FridgeBrilliance She wants too much. Charlie only wants his family to have enough to eat and a nice place to live.]] Besides, she always wants everything that comes along -- she'll never be happy.
* CoveredUp: "The Rowing Song", whose cover as "Prelude (The Family Trip)" was made [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning a bit more disturbing]] by Music/MarilynManson.
** "The Candy Man" became a huge hit and SignatureSong for Sammy Davis, Jr.
* CueIrony: Julie Dawn Cole, who played the rich SpoiledBrat Veruca Salt, actually comes from a very poor family, she and her sister being raised by a single mother.
* EarWorm: "Oompa-Loompa-Doopa-de-do, I've got another puzzle for you..."
* FirstInstallmentWins: As evidenced by the thirty-four year head start, the NostalgiaFilter, VindicatedByCable, a soundtrack full of [[EarWorm Ear Worms]], a higher score on the Tomatometer (especially among general audiences), a career highlight performance from GeneWilder (even the most ardent JohnnyDepp fans will usually concede that he was miscast as Wonka), and being the basis of [[CharlieAndTheChocolateParody a parody trope]]... the ''only'' edges that the modern adaptation has is being more faithful to the book, the advanced special effects, having a more famous director, and the box-office grosses, which is a pretty decent consolation prize for the studio. Besides, it owns the rights to both versions!
* GeniusBonus: After Wonka plays the musical lock, Mrs. [=TeeVee=] says "Rachmaninoff" knowledgeably. The joke is that the music is actually from the overture to Mozart's opera ''Le nozze di Figaro'', a rather obscure reference to non-musicians/opera fans.
** The man from Paraguay who gets caught counterfeiting a Golden Ticket is represented by a picture of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bormann Martin Bormann]], the former chairman of the Nazi Party, who at the time was widely believed to be living under an assumed name in South America.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Despite being known as "the amazing chocolatier", the most popular {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed Wonka-brand candy is fruit flavored, like Runts and Nerds (especially the banana Runts- fans apparently lobby Wonka all the time for a banana-only box). You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who's eaten a Wonka bar, and the other candy mentioned in the book, the Everlasting Gobstopper, seems to have seriously dipped in popularity since the 1990s.
*** There were a few candy bars, all from 1999-2010. They were: the original Wonka Bar, which had graham crackers; the Xploder Bar, with Pop Rocks; Wonka Donutz (exactly what it sounds like); and the Wonka Exceptionals line of upscale treats.
*** The latest ones seem truer to the books though. They are actually ''chocolate'', for one thing.
** Before Gene Wilder played a candy factory owner who seldom went out in public, he appeared in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkKCMIz-XpA this]] Tootsie Roll commercial as a candy factory employee who feared going out in public.
** Later in her acting career, Julie Dawn Cole appeared in the ensemble of the 1983 British stage musical ''Bashville'' (an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's ''The Admirable Bashville''). The title character was played by Creator/DouglasHodge...who, 30 years later, originated the role of Willy Wonka in the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical adaptation of this story]], which includes several [[InternalHomage internal homages]] to, and one song from, this film.
* InformedWrongness: Wonka is portrayed as cold and heartless for denying Charlie the factory and Grandpa Joe begins shouting at him. Except... Wonka has every right to deny Charlie his prize because Charlie ''did'' drink the soda. The worst thing is that trying the drinks was Grandpa Joe's idea!
** Given Wonka's sadistic-seeming disregard to the safety of his guests, it comes off as incredibly hypocritical to act morally outraged at their actions. Also, denying Charlie the prize for a clause which wasn't mentioned at their signing is LoopholeAbuse in spirit if not actual law. Likewise, Charlie and Grandpa Joe almost ''died'' because of sampling the fizzy lifting drinks so denying a child forty or so cases of chocolate seems a tad ridiculous.
* MagnificentBastard: Wonka takes sadistic delight in punishing children in his whimsical death-traps and then mocking parents afraid for their offspring's lives!
-->'''Mrs. Gloop:''' ''(as her son drowns in a river of chocolate)'' He can't swim!
-->'''Wonka:''' [[DeadpanSnarker There's no better time to learn.]]
** Slugworth's prompt appearance wherever the tickets are found seems to imply that Wonka knew where said tickets were going to go. True, the first four tickets are filmed, so time could have passed between a finding and the news report, but Slugworth appearing in Charlie's path stretches coincidence a bit far...unless Wonka planned for the tickets to be placed in certain locations.
** The commentary even points out that there was already a news crew waiting for one of Mr. Salt's workers to find a ticket. Although buying over a million chocolate bars in order to find said ticket ''does'' raise the stakes to an interesting degree.
* MemeticMolester: The Candy Man...the Candy Man can? Seriously, kids, haven't you learned not to take candy from strangers? Why can't he just sell them and be done with it? No...he has to practically seduce these kids with SUGAR and dance around them very suspiciously!
* MemeticMutation:
** '''''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QGkOGZubQ You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!]]"'''''
** The "Condescending Wonka" snark humor account on {{Twitter}} has grown popular as well. It's commonly used in the [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/207/234/you-must-be-new-here-willy-wonka.jpg "You Must Be New Here" meme.]]
** There's also Wonka's half-hearted [[http://i.qkme.me/3r18y5.jpg "Stop. Don't. Come back"]], which is semi-frequently posted on message boards in response to posters angrily threatening to leave discussions after arguments.
* OlderThanTheyThink / WeirdAlEffect: Many people attribute Wonka's many literary quotes to this film.
* OneSceneWonder
** Several examples during the worldwide scramble for the Golden Tickets, but the standout is probably the English comedy-actor [[Series/TheGoodies Tim Brooke-Taylor]] as a... peeved... computer operator.
** David Battley as the teacher Mr. Turkentine...who can't seem to do a lick of math (or chemistry). The director mentioned that Battley's part was originally going to be very small, but was expanded slightly because he did such a wonderful job.
** The Half Room, Wonka's office, is a visual treat. Wonka's balancing on half a chair, retrieves papers from half a safe, even the wallpaper is in half strips. (It even comes into play during the emotional climax; when Wonka is angrily reading back the fine print of the contact Charlie signed, he interjects ''et cetera, et cetera!'' every couple of words because ''the copy of the document is also in half!'')
* PanderingToTheFanbase: The 30th Anniversary DVD originally did not include an option to watch the movie in widescreen. Fans petitioned and implored Warner Bros. to rectify this, and they released a widescreen version just in time for the holidays. TropesAreNotBad!
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: As noted on the main page, the title was changed for several reasons, but Charlie is still the protagonist. Willy Wonka isn't seen until the halfway point.
* SpecialEffectFailure: This film had only a modest budget by 1971 standards, and this shows through in several key scenes.
** The melted chocolate river looks more like brown water or sewage. (Appropriately enough, it ''was'' brown water.) It doesn't help that even the ''characters'' initially think it's such before Mr. Wonka corrects them!
** When Augustus Gloop is sent shooting up the pipe in the Chocolate Room, the effect is very clearly done via stop-motion. The chocolate river surrounding the tube also reveals that the film was visibly sped up for said scene.
** Blueberry Violet doesn't look very genuine. The effect of her skin turning blue is "accomplished" by simply shining a colored light on the actress' face.
** Charlie and Grandpa in the Fizzy Lifting Drinks sequence are clearly cartoons, and as pointed out in the {{Rifftrax}}, the bubbles around the two ''almost'' hide the strings.
** The Wonkavision scene, when the Wonka bar and, later, Mike Teavee, appear on the screen after being teleported there via Wonkavision. The podium holding the teleportee is clearly visible.
** The reason for the AdaptationSpeciesChange from nut-sorting squirrels to golden chocolate egg-laying geese was to ''avoid'' this trope, as the filmmakers knew there was no hope of pulling off the squirrels with turn-of-the-Seventies tech.
* TheyJustDidntCare: The HD-DVD and BluRay transfers fit some elements of DigitalDestruction, minus the digital causes. The movie was shot using the entire 35mm film frame, including the portions on the left reserved for the soundtrack, but framed for the usual width (not including the left), so that extra stuff on the left is not intended to be seen. The new HD transfers use the entire film width, meaning that everything that should be centered is off to the right; more is not always better. (Other sections, such as the main title and certain Oompa Loompa songs, didn't have that extra space but are transferred at the same size, then windowboxed! That is, the movie starts out obviously sloppy.) WB has not shown any interest in fixing this.
* ValuesDissonance: Charlie being upset by Grandpa Joe's vow to quit tobacco.
* VindicatedByHistory / VindicatedByCable: A box-office disappointment when initially released, it found its audience through TV and home video, becoming the 1970s equivalent of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. (Curiously enough, Creator/RogerEbert's original review outright praised it as being the best kids' film since ''Oz''!)
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Augustus Gloop's fate, the boat ride...
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The reason why it has earned a reputation as a StonerFlick.
* TheWoobie: A minor example in Mr. Salt. Did he and his wife spoil Veruca? You bet. Are they responsible for her monstrous personality? No doubt. Even knowing this, does the look on his face when she calls him a "rotten mean father" (as though he were about to burst into tears) make you feel legitimately bad for the guy? Absolutely.
** Charlie himself is another example. Poor, comes from a broken family, can barely afford the chocolate that gets him in the factory, well-meaning but admonished by Wonka for the Fizzy Lifting Drinks incident. [[EarnYourHappyEnding He does win out in the end, though]].