When Wonka reopens his factory and won't let anyone in, how does he market his wares without having to deal with workplace safety and food health regulations?
Augustus is described as being very thin after being squeezed in the pipe. How is that possible?? Is his flesh just hanging off him loosely? And for that matter, how do the physics of the entire pipe scene work?
That pipe is not the only physics-defying object owned by Willy Wonka: the elevator that goes to space is another. If we don't want to apply thought-stopping mantras like A Wizard Did It or the MST3K Mantra, we could infer that Willy Wonka possesses Sufficiently Advanced Technology. As to why he does, it could be that he is actually an alien. In keeping with the spirit of TV Tropes, we could guess that he is a Time Lord, and the factory is his TARDIS. From this, we could even understand how he deals with workplace safety and food health regulations: the inside of his factory actually does conform to safety and hygiene rules, but whenever children come to visit it, he activates a combination of holograms that make it look like a crazy theme park. In other words, nothing of what the children see is real.
At first it was odd how pale Wonka/Depp was, especially since his coloring is normal in the flashbacks, then it hit me. He's been living in a factory with no natural light for years!
Also at first it surprized me that Wonka's chocolate has such a primitive, cheap-looking package. But then it occured to me: his chocolate is marketed primarily at children, so bright, simple package is actually fitting.
Veruca being a bad nut and being put down the chute may seem like a very bad fate, but suppose she had been a good "nut". The squirrels CRACK OPEN good nuts. Remember, the squirrel tapped Veruca's HEAD so would they have opened that up?
They couldn’t. Human skulls are just too large and hard.
On a different note, what did Mike's face look like at the end?
About the same; obviously they stretched him at the shoulders and the ankles.
Violet Beauregard? Okay, so her being pumped full of juice and squeezed out left her more flexible, but it also left her blue! For the rest of her life!
Maybe not. The coloring might work its way out of her pigmentation over time.
On another note, cam you imagine the process of "squeezing" done on Violet? Being pressed from all sides until all the juice is out is NOT fun.
Unless you're into that sort of thing of course.
Unlike in the 1971 film version, in which it is not made clear that Willy Wonka was aiming to have children find the Golden Tickets until the very end, it is clear from very early on that Willy Wonka intends for five children to find the Tickets and win the tour of his factory, as opposed to five people of any age. Then Charlie wins and Willy Wonka tells him that he wants to make him his heir with a Not His Sled twist offer to leave his family behind and never see them again. This man was planning all along to separate any child from his or her family forever.
He makes it pretty clear that he doesn't think of that as a bad thing. He thought taking a child away from their family would make them much happier and ultimately better off until Charlie convinced him to talk to his father again.
Dr. Wonka somehow moved the entire house from its foundation while his son was away. He must have anticipated his son would rebel and run away.
Also, and this applies to the book too, the Oompa Loompahs all know, and sing in unison, the songs sung at the children's punishments. Unless they have some kind of group telepathy that I missed, this means that these songs were rehearsed. They, and by extension, Wonka as well, knew EXACTLY how the children were going to mess things up for themselves. The implication being that Wonka did a bit of research on these kids' fatal flaws, and deliberately set up rooms to ensnare them until only Charlie remained.
The vehicles slowly get smaller as the film goes on. This means that Wonka not only knew which rooms would take out which kids, but he also knew how many people they would lose per room]
Applies to both films, really, with a bit of New Media Are Evil thrown in for good measure. Think about it: the Oompa Loompas are singing a morality song about TV rotting your brain... in a movie. Slightly excusable in that they're kind of saying it's an excess of TV that's bad, but it's still a little "Huh?".
It gets even funnier when the movie is being aired on TV. (The song in the book pretty much says any TV is bad, period.)
Glen Wonka (Al Gore) to his brother Willy: Wait! I almost forgot! There's that billion dollars you spent on that machine that turns giant candy bars into tiny chocolate bars. Help me wrap my brain around that one 'cause I'm missing the big profit opportunity!
Hang on, he's got a machine that can miniaturise ANYTHING, even living things. It would have innumerable applications in electronics, where years of research has been put into making smaller components. And that doesn't include the fact that he's invented a way to teleport any matter to a network of pre-existing recievers (all the TV sets in the world). Kind of useful...
It's actually pointed out in the second movie when they shut down the room once the scene ends, implying that the whole thing served no purpose than to get that brat to shrink himself.
Thoroughly explained in the book as Willy Wonka trying to reach a new market. Back when Dahl first wrote the book, television for the general public was still a fairly new concept. It's ridiculous, yes, but then so are the Square Sweets That Look Round - Willy Wonka clearly has money to burn on ridiculous concepts like making giant candy bars and shrinking them down one at a time via an awkward giant camera setup.
Chocolate doesn't have to make sense.
That's why it's chocolate.
The logic behind the kids' "punishments" was always kind of interesting to me. While all four are spoiled, it's only Veruca's parents who are punished alongside her. This is apparently because, as the song says, they share the blame for her character flaw. With the others, however, this is apparently not so. While the text does make it clear that the Gloops, Beauregardes, and Teavees either encourage or turn a blind eye to their childrens' flaws, the blame does eventually fall soley on the kids themselves- it is Augustus who is sucked painfully up the pipe, it is Violet who is permanently blue, and it is Mike who is now a Slender-Man-esque freak of nature, while the parents only look on with dismay. Augustus's song especially makes it clear that he's just a loathsome human being (though we don't get too much evidence of that in his behavior besides, you know, his gluttony). But why do their parents, unlike Veruca's, get off scot-free?
Possibly because Mr. Salt has the distinction of having a direct role in Veruca's brattiness, while the Gloops, Mrs. Beauregarde, and the Teevees are only responsible indirectly, by not stopping the bad habits.