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Fridge: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Book

Fridge Brilliance
  • To get her ticket, Veruca Salt forced her father's workers, who are usually opening nuts, to search for it. Fittingly, she gets her comeuppance by the squirrels, whose work is also cracking nuts.
  • Augustus the gluttonous kid gets the earliest punishment, because what do you think would happen when you put a gluttonous kid in a chocolate factory? However, he also gets the lesser punishment, one that's not permanent, because while his gluttony makes him unfit to inherit Wonka's factory, it's basically appreciation for Wonka's products!
    • Then again, like Veruca's, it's impermanent but very terrifying: He nearly DROWNS, then is forcefully sucked up a pipe which is way too small for him, must nearly suffocate, and is then (presumably painfully based on how thin he becomes) blasted off to the Fudge Room, where there's the threat of being killed and made into his favorite food! Plus, Dahl seemed to have a thing with fat kids...
      • Though, at least in the second movie adaption, Augustus is fine when he exits the factory. Violet is permanently blue (but in said movie she thinks that being elastic is awesome), Mike is streched thin. Veruca hasn't learned the lesson... but her father did, and he's evidently going to be stricter with her daughter.
      • In the book Augustus has become very thin from being squeezed in the pipe (somehow), while Veruca is merely covered in garbage. In the 2005 film adaptation, while Veruca's father has come out stricter, Augustus's mother also seems to have learned a lesson, telling him to stop eating his fingers.

Fridge Logic
  • 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.

The Films

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

see Fridge.WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fridge Brilliance
  • 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.

Fridge Horror
  • 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.
    • Wonka mentions at one point that about 20 Oompas died of the chewing gum. Why did the first victim's partners not wisen up and never eat the gum again? Simple; they did, and were then forced into balls so that the others could practice their choreography.
  • 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]
Fridge Logic
  • 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.)
    • Making chocolate bars smaller. Pointed out in a Saturday Night Live parody with Al Gore:
    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.
    • The point was presumably to turn giant candy bars into millions of candy bars across the country, which would introduce the Fridge Logic of Reed Richards Is Useless.
      • 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.

The 2013 Stage Musical

Fridge Brilliance
  • Initially, it's confusing as to why the hidden challenge of the final room requires an order of Wonka's to be disobeyed, since most every version of this story prizes following the rules as a virtue. But giving The Reveal some thought is a starting point to unlocking what's going on. Willy Wonka knows Charlie is a nice kid, having observed him in the dump; he doesn't have to test his morals. He just needs to make sure that Charlie's creativity is simply second nature to him.
    • Alternatively/in addition: being an inventor requires being willing to break the rules in order to create new things.
  • It may not have been intentional, but Mike Teavee's fate in this version is especially blackly funny for those familiar with Roald Dahl's adult short story "William and Mary". In both, a woman (Mary/Doris Teavee) finds herself confronted with the transformation of a nasty male (William/Mike) into a near-helpless, dependent state...as if he were no more than a baby. Both men thought that participating in a technological experiment would be awesome, but realize too late that they're now subject to the whims of women they've dominated and mistreated — for the rest of their days.

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