Headscratchers: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For the 1971 film, see Headscratchers.WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory

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  • Both movies show that millions of people were buying Wonka at a very fast rate, that made lots of shops run out of candy very fast. Anyone who understands economy would very well know that the price of the candies would skyrocket. How did Charlie buy a chocolate bar with a dollar? It would be impossible for him to buy candy with that amount of demand with just a dollar.
    • In the first movie at least, the chocolate craze had started to die down when he bought it. Perhaps by then prices had also begun to go down.
    • Wonka has a monopoly on Wonka bars, so he can sell them to select distributors and, just like any real life promotional contest, place strict validation rules on the golden tickets to make sure the chocolate bars aren't getting scalped. The real question is why the stores didn't run out, but Wonka's got enough crazy technology and production methods that we can assume he actually can keep up with that level of demand.
    • The 70s film does go into this somewhat. It's mentioned that while Wonka is cranking out Chocolate Bars, they aren't coming out quickly enough to meet demand. Also, while Wonka can control the amount of money he sells the bars to the distributors too, he likely can't control the price they choose to sell them for. The bars likely ranged in price from ten bucks to fifty apiece depending on the store (that auction had British aristocrats buying a single case for hundreds of pounds). Assuming the guy who owned the shop Charlie bought the ticket from was a nice guy and didn't try to stick it to the kids in the neighborhood by raising his prices.
  • What would Willie Wonka have done if he had gotten two or more well-behaved children out of the test? Have them fight to the death?
    • In the book, he said he'd just pick the one he liked the best. And since there was no "YOU LOSE" contract plot device, it'd still be a happy ending. But then you'd have two characters who didn't do anything in the factory and miss out on an extra Oompa Loompa song and some good ol' Dahl Nightmare Fuel.
  • Also, what would have happened if an adult had gotten one of the tickets?
    • He'd find a child to take with him. The tickets were transferable—that's why Veruca Salt had one.
  • What was Wonka planning to do if all the children were rotten?
    • If all the kids turned out to be rotten Wonka could simply uphold the official terms of the Golden Ticket contest. Officially the kids were there to have a fun tour through a candy factory and then they would each receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. A lifetime of chocolate multiplied by five people would be a lot, but nothing Wonka couldn't handle. Then wait a few years and run the contest again.
      • This theory is supported by his initial press release about the contest: "I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children — just five, mind you, and no more — to visit my factory this year." So he might indeed just run the contest again next year if things didn't work out the first time.
  • How is Wonka not the most hated man in town? Think about it. First, opens a big factory providing lots of people with jobs. Then, he shuts it down, leaving all those people without jobs. Then, a few years later, he reopens the factory, but none of the former workers gets their job back. When he gives the tour, he tells everyone how he smuggled a bunch of immigrants over to work for him. I don't see any of the laid-off former workers caring whether Oompa Loompas have the proper documentation or not. And if the Johnny Depp movie is to be believed, Wonka was also responsible, in part, for a big lay-off at the toothpaste factory.
    • Ask Steven Jobs. He probably has some haters, but he is bloody freaking rich and immeasurably brilliant.
    • Probably because the chocolate is Just. That. Good. Or possibly contains euphoriants.
    • In the book, the layoff happened a long time ago. It could be that most of the people who remember it clearly in that town have died off or moved away.
    • Also because it's a kid's book set mainly from the point of view of children. Even a precocious child like Charlie Bucket is only going to be at best vaguely aware of the societal effects of a factory layoff that likely occurred long before he was born.
  • How did Willy Wonka prevent health and safety inspectors from coming into the factory, since it's stated that no one has come into the factory in years?
    • Probably bribes. Wonka seems the type to pull that off.
  • Mike running into the teleporter seems completely out of character. I know, we never actually got to see much of his character beyond "obsessed with TV and guns", but he'd clearly been shown to be quite intelligent. You'd think he would stop to think before running into a teleport machine that makes things smaller. Also, I can't help but feel that he'd have been better off if they'd left him as a tiny person (it's made worse by the fact that in the book his mother thanks Wonka when he says he can get him back to normal size). At least he'd have been able to fit in his house then.
    • In the RD book and Wilder movie, I think Mike just got overexcited about appearing on television (or doing some sort of out-of-world activity) and forgot about the fact the teleporter shrinks people. In the Depp movie, Mike is somewhat of a smart-alec and thinks he knows more than the average person. His ego drives him to subject himself to the teleporter. (said Mike to his father before he teleported himself, "You think [Wonka]'s a genius, but he's an idiot. But I'm not.")
    • In fiction (and real life) there are plenty of very intelligent characters known for being at least someone lacking in common sense.
  • Wonkavision- Assuming Wonka can magically teleport tangible chocolate to your TV, and isn't selling you some kind of device to do it, how does he expect to make any profit when millions of people just need to wait for his commercials to get free Wonka bars?
  • It Only Works Once. Remember, in order for you to take it, he has to send it. After he sends it, the commercial carries the image of the bar, but not the bar itself. Not to mention, he's only sending out one chocolate bar at a time, so only one person in the world actually gets the chocolate bar. In effect it would be like a free chocolate lottery. Whenever a Wonka commercial comes on tv every viewer has to rush to the screen and grab for the chocolate. One person will get it, the rest won't. It's basically like Wonka is selecting one random child on Earth to receive a free chocolate bar. Even if he did it every day, the expense of giving away one free chocolate bar per day would be massively outweighed by the spectacular publicity this would generate for WonkaCorp.
  • Is anyone else worried that Wonka may have damaged or even destroyed the food chain of Loompaland?
    • Some species don't eat just one thing, it's possible that they have other food sources.
  • Mike's fate in general. It's hard to explain my problem, but I'll try. All the other kids brought their fates upon themselves, and Wonka cured them as best he could; Violet, for instance, was purple as an aftereffect of being a blueberry, and there was nothing they could do to get her regular colouring back. But Mike... how can you overstretch someone by like six feet? Why couldn't Dahl just have had him walking out looking ridiculously thin? Seriously, I can't believe the oompa loompas overstretched him by accident.
    • Taffy pullers are hardly gentle nor precise, as I remember.
      • There is a scene in the second film showing just how much taffy gets pulled and to be fair, the Oompa Loompas would only have Willy Wonka as a model for how humans should look. Given that they they are the size of dolls, they probably just kept pulling when trying to get Mike to be as wide as a normal person. That or there may have been a risk with taffy tearing or leaving lumps if not doing in one go.
  • Shouldn't the Oompa Loompas hate Wonka by now? I mean in the book, it says that one was forced to suck on candy for over a year (and still is), another had his hair grow out so fast that they needed to cut with a lawnmower, another probably floated into space...plus all the ones that got turned into blueberries testing out his gum, yet they love him. I know they're getting paid with their favorite food, but that doesn't seem like enough for the kind of abuse they're taking. Why don't they leave or go on strike or something?
    • I'm not sure about the sucking on candy, but the rest were through their own fault presumably knowing the risks and Wonka even warned against the one that became like Violet.
    • In Violet's case, she took it when she wasn't supposed to. The Oompa Loompas are supposed to and test out Wonka's candy for him on a regular basis. Even if they're given informed consent, forcing your illegal-immigrant scab-workers to taste potentially-deadly candy to see if it's safe has some weird implications, Mr. Wonka.
      • This Troper believes Wonka was testing the children and intentionally made the candy flawed. Come on, this guy made the elixir of life, flew into space on a magic elevator and built a teleporter. Methinks it would be a doddle to make a blueness-antidote.
    • Taking their chances with being test subjects for weird candy is still about a billion times more attractive than being eaten by a vermicious knid. Besides, you're just doing an Accentuate the Negative and ignoring all the candy they'd get to test that would have awesome and wonderful effects.
      • There is also how the Oompa Loompas would have a very unique society where the side effects could be seen as badges of honor.
  • Why wasn't the girl a competetive athlete and chewed bubblegum? Wasnīt it as widespread of a concept to have the children of a wannabe-sportler being grown up to train in a specific sport or of a wannabe-musician to teach their kid piano, or did the author just happen to hate bubblegum?
    • Huh?
      • I'm pretty sure the OP is asking "Why wasn't Violet a competitive gum-chewer, especially considering her father was such a sport-enthusiast.
    • OP, I think there's a very important point you're missing: The children correspond to a Deadly Sin. Augustus Gloop represents Sloth, Violet Beauregard represents Pride, Veruca Salt represents Greed, and Mike Teavee represents Wrath (in the Burton version, at any rate; in the Wilder version he seems to be an even mix of Wrath and Pride). Bubblegum chewing is a character flaw, nothing more.
      • By the way, Violet's fatal flaw in the '71 version was that she lacked manners/etiquette.
      • I'm pretty sure Augustus represented Gluttony. He's not lazy, he's a pig.
      • Yeah, Augustus is definitely Gluttony. I would also submit that Mike could be an example of Sloth, even in the 70's version (hear me out). Sloth doesn't necessarily mean laziness, although that is certainly the most common form, but rather that you are wasting your talents and time on trivial matters. In all the versions, Mike is someone who has devoted his existence to television (and video games in the latest film) which we are certainly meant to see as an unworthy use of his time. In the newest film, the point is driven home much more forcefully by having him be smart enough to crack Wonka's worldwide candy bar placement algorithm and yet all he does all day is play videogames and watch TV.
      • I'm fairly certainly that Veruca could also represent Wrath, given her habit of throwing temper tantrums.
      • Making Willy Wonka the devil, the chocolate factory into hell and Charlie into the antichrist.
    • Violet is a competitive gum-chewer, in both versions. Furthermore, the 2005 version shows that Violet has a vast array of trophies from a number of activities; given that her introductory scene shows her practicing karate, this would likely include sports as well. I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that Violet's parents are a sports-enthusiasts: '71 version portrays Mr. Beauregard as a used car salesman who only cares about business, while Mrs. Beauregard from the 2005 version is a former baton-twirler.
  • Willy Wonka shuts down his factory because he's sick of spies stealing all of his ideas. Why can't he just patent his inventions? Then it won't matter how many recipes his rivals steal because they won't legally be allowed to sell them. Closing down his factory seems a little drastic in light of a much simpler solution.
    • Wonka is probably too insane to give his formulas to a patent office and let a bunch of grown-ups see them.
    • A patent can only go so far. You can patent the first design for a cell phone, but then other people can go make their own cell phones. His rivals might have to make slightly different recipes, but a patent wouldn't give him a monopoly on the candies he invented.
    • In order to patent something, you have to reveal how it works, and the patent only lasts 20 years. After it expires, any one can then copy it. If you want a permanent monopoly on a recipe, you can't patent it - you need to keep it a secret, and hope no-one manages to find it out (and none of your workers leaks it).
      • Yes. You patent things that you expect someone to be able to reverse-engineer quickly after release. If you're absolutely certain it can't be (barring espionage), you stay far away from the patent office. Hence the Coke formula and eleven herbs and spices.
  • If Wonka could make ice cream that never melts, why couldn't he make chocolate that never melts, especially when he made the chocolate palace?
    • The chocolate palace incident was mentioned to have taken place a long time ago. Quite possible before the business with the unmelting ice cream started.
    • Building on that, perhaps Wonka got the idea for "un-melting" ice cream from the failure with the prince.
    • Or Wonka just wanted to teach him a lesson. That's perfectly in character for him.
  • I watched a DVD of a middle-school production of Willy Wonka Junior last night. In that version, Charlie faced temptation in the room with the Fizzy Lifting Drinks. At the end of the play, Wonka told Charlie that even though he failed to resist sneaking a drink, he still won the factory by admitting his mistake, and offering to make up for it by declining the lifetime supply of chocolate. If Charlie just decided not to take the drink at all, how would Wonka know that he passed his test?
    • Process of elimination, same as in the book.
      • I don't think so. In the Wilder movie, resisting the candy temptations weren't the real test. The real test was giving back the Gobstopper, and that's what made Charlie a winner. If he'd kept it, Lifting Drinks or not, Wonka probably would've either run the contest all over again or figure out something else.
      • Giving back the gobstopper was A test, not THE test. All the children faced various tests, which they all failed except for Charlie.
  • I don't know if anyone knows how the physics of the scene would ACTUALLY work, but Augustus's pipe seems... impossible in all versions. Not to mention the fact that he's described at becoming thin afterwards, which seems bizarre, unless his stomach was actually stretched out by the tight squeeze (which would be almost as much of a physical deformity as Mike or Violet).
  • Why do the Oompa-Loompas seem to hate Augustus Gloop so much? He's a greedy pig, sure, but the lyrics to his song are almost all personal insults, while the other songs are much less personal and more along the lines of warnings. The kid doesn't get nearly enough "screen time" to show he's nearly as bad as the Oompa-Loompas describe him- revolting, vile, greedy, foul, and infantile, to name a few adjectives.
    • He was the only one not using a swimcap in the river.
    • Because while Wonka was warning the other children to not play with the devices or squirrels for their own safety (especially Violet), Augustus was "dirtying" his chocolate by lapping it from the river. The other children were looking at inventions that hadn't been released or squirrels that never left their Nut Room. Augustus wasn't listening to anything except his cravings, which was selfish and inconsiderate since he had a "nasty cold" to boot that could be spread to the entire country.

    Book 
  • When reading the book I got a nasty "don't have independent thoughts, or question things" especially when Willy Wonka says outright he chose a child for an heir over an adult because a child wouldn't change things. None of Dahl's other books have advocated this (Matilda celebrates the opposite). So I'm left confused, and I'm also bothered by how I've never seen this picked up on.
    • I got the same sort of vibe, but later figured it's not so much independent thought as it is a life philosophy. When you become an adult, you have your own idea of how the world should work and that's very difficult to change. Many adults are actually incapable of considering doing something different — sure they have their reasons based on life experiences, but they will poo-poo questions. Wonka wants to prevent two things: One is to have to live forever to see his candy continue to be produced, and the other is to make sure his philosophy for candy making is carried on, but allowed to mutate in another child's imagination. Thus it won't be destroyed by being contaminated by an adult's "That won't work" but gain new life by a child's "Why not?".
    • Maybe R. Dahl thought this was different because Wonka himself was very much nonconventional—you know, in the way some nonconformists feel they can look exactly like each other and still not conform. And Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of R. Dahl's early children's books; Matilda was the last one he completed, about twenty-five years later. Much room for authorial change in that time.
    • Might not so much be an Aesop as that Wonka saw himself as identifying more with children than with adults, and a child would be more likely to continue doing things the way he did.
    • Personally, this troper believes that Wonka meant a child wouldn't change the "atmosphere" of the factory. Think about it: Wonka is mainly Doing It for the Art, something that no sane adult businessman would do. Considering how Dahl normally portrays adults in his stories, an adult would probably have turned the factory into a soulless corporation that makes sweets in the cheapest, most generic way possible.
    • If things were changed, the candy would be different, and probably not as high in quality, which would presumably affect sales, so the heir would owe it to their own success to do things Wonka's way. After all, mixing chocolate by waterfall is the only way to get it just right.
      • Interestingly, the 2013 stage musical actually confirms some of the above theories (life philosophy, identifying more with children than adults, Doing It for the Art) via Adaptation Expansion. Mr. Wonka is, indeed, specifically seeking a child who is not just good and honest, but has the imagination to create new things (the late-in-the-game song "A Little Me" is devoted to explaining why). And with regards to the "obedience" issue, he tests Charlie by leaving him alone in a room with a precious idea notebook which he has forbidden the boy to touch, reminding him what happened to the other kids who disobeyed...but Charlie can't resist, and even adds his own ideas to blank pages in the back. Mr. Wonka initially feigns fury when he comes back...but this was what he wanted the boy to do, as it proves he's a kindred spirit, a true artist. As a bonus, Mr. Wonka immediately makes Charlie the new owner and leaves (to follow his own muse elsewhere) — the boy, with the help of his family and the Oompa-Loompas, will get to make his own destiny.
  • In the sequel- which is set in the 1970s, as the characters mention- they're building a space hotel, and ordinary people are going to stay there. Um, how are they going to get there? Send the guests up three at a time in Apollo capsules?
    • That is what the Great Glass Elevators are used for.
    • Perhaps we should assume space travel is more advanced in their world. In reality we don't even have space hotels...well not smart ones like in the book anyway.
    • A lot of people in the 1960s assumed that space flight technology would keep right on developing, and did not foresee the long periods of stagnation we've seen since. If they'd been right, it would have been at least possible to get tourists into a space hotel using reusable SSTOs or something by the late '70s or early '80s. Tickets might have been a hundred thousand dollars a person or more, but it would have been possible.
    • The ship they sent the staff up on had 150 people on board.

     2005 film 
  • This is more to the Tim Burton version, but was the kid who played Mike Teevee chosen simply because he was repulsive-looking and it added to his character? Plus he's a know-it-all dipshit who Jack Thompson would use as his Exhibit #1 if he could still be a lawyer.
    • In the books, Dahl made the other children have flaws that he considered not good for children. Some of them were good (Veruca being spoiled, Augustus being so greedy, etc), but then some of them were flaws that were annoying at the most (Violet's gum chewing, Mike's tv obsession, etc). If they tried to have a child punished for chewing gum or watching tv today, audiences would probably think it was unfair or unbelieveable, so they made those children more intolerable than their book counterparts. In Violet's case, she was ruthlessly competetitive to the point of being outright nasty. In Mike's case, his obsessive tv watching made him violent, edgy, and out-of-touch with his father.
    • If you look at the red carpet pictures, the kid was actually pretty cute when he wasn't making the Mr. Grumpypants face.
  • This is sort of specific to the Tim Burton version, but... Mike Teevee's "exit song" chides him for becoming mindless due to watching television, with lyrics such as "He does not think, he only sees!" However, Teevee's flaw in the Burton film is that he seems a bit too smart for his own good. What gives?
    • The exit song was transferred word-for-word from the original book. Mike Teavee's character was not.
    • It could be seen as Mike 'saw' that he could use the thing as a teleporter but didn't 'think' further than that.
    • Playing video games (on a console, and hence on a television) has given him a false sense of invulnerability, so he doesn't appreciate the consequences of turning himself three inches tall through a one-way teleporter.
    • It doesn't make sense to portray TV-obsession as being a hideous flaw when your target market is children who have been raised on 24-hour TV and movies. They changed the character of Mike to be more relevant to today, and either forgot to change the song or decided people would interpret it in relation to the character. Considering the ending, they seem to be working on the assumption people haven't read the book, so might either not notice.
    • The idea seems to be not that TV is bad or he's too smart but rather that his limited knowledge and lack of experience is a bad thing to have combined with arrogance. Yes, TV can teach you a lot of things... but it's not good to rely solely on it to teach you everything or assume that it's the one true holder of all useful knowledge. Similarly, his flaw was that his smarmy knowledge did not actually allow him to learn. He'd lost a sense of wonder and curiousity - he wanted to be told, not taught.
      • Like was mentioned earlier, if you consider how Mike calculated the "code" to only purchase one wonka bar which contained the ticket (instead of buying as much as he could like the others) it would have been more in character if he at least tried to figure out how the "teleporter" worked in more depth than Wonka's demostration. Not only that but I would assume with all the Nightmare Fuel-filled videogames and television he's implied to see, he'd be more wiser than to jump into a teleporter that hasn't been tested.
  • Is the Tim Burton version set in Britain or America? Charlie's family is British, but they all use American grammar and slang. Willy Wonka is American, but his origin story is British, and everyone eats candy... I can't remember what currency they use.
    • Artistic combination of both, I think, so it can appeal to either side of the pond.
      • Carried over from the book, which used British idioms and yet Charlie found a dollar...
      • This troper never noticed this until he read this. (Facepalm)
      • It's not actually wrong — "dollar" was slang for the British coin called a crown, or five-shilling piece, worth one quarter of a pound. The slang expression originated in the 19th century, fell into disuse, and was then revived during WWII by the presence of US troops in the UK and the fact that a US dollar was worth about five shillings at the time. The book was written in 1964 and the UK didn't move to decimal currency until 1971, so Charlie probably found a crown/five-shilling piece.
      • In my version, Grandpa Joe gives him sixpence, and then later he finds a fifty pence piece. This places the book at a post-1971 date. Although sixpences are pre-decimal, and 50p is decimal, people still used sixpences for a time as 2 1/2 new pence.
      • In the second book when one of the grandmothers regresses backwards through her life the historical events she remembers - the major one is the death of Abraham Lincoln - seem to imply they're in America. It confused this (British) troper no end as a kid.
      • To be fair, I'm sure that even in Victorian Britain the news of the assassination of the President of the United States would make it across the ocean eventually.
      • Nope: I've checked the book and the events described are definitely from an American perspective, starting from crossing on the Mayflower, the War of Independence (with reference to "the dirty British"), the Civil War and then the death of Lincoln.
      • I'm pretty sure the 2005 film was set in America. My reasoning for this is because when Charlie finds the last golden ticket, two people approach him and offer him 50 dollars and 500 dollars, respectively. I would guess that there are just a lot of British immigrants in the town they live in.
    • The older film also is vague in this regard, which is addressed by Neil Patrick Harris in the Rifftrax. "Maybe this takes place before the American Revolution."
      • Maybe it makes sense in context, but it's about a chocolate factory and features television news prominently. Did pre-revolutionary Britain, or America use...? No. I'm completely stumped.
      • That's the point. It's Rifftrax. Neil was making a joke.
      • This troper always saw the characters (all of them) as being intentionally vague as to where they came from, to let the reader feel like they could possibly be one of the characters.
      • Perhaps Charlie grew up in a community of recent American immigrants to Great Britain, or vice versa. Ethnic neighborhoods are common on both sides of the Pond.
      • He'd still speak American English or a mid-Atlantic sound.
      • This troper assumes that Charlie (in the book and movies) was from an imaginary country in North America that had some British influence.
      • ...Canada?
  • When Violet becomes a blueberry, how come her clothes didn't split from the strain?
    • Probably because people would complain if the movie showed an expanding naked girl. Or maybe the gum makes your clothes expand too, since it's supposed to be magical.
    • Her clothes are made from the same stuff The Incredible Hulk buys.
    • You can see the juice soaking into her clothes, so presumably that's how the transformation also affected the clothes.
    • Probably the same reason her skin didn't rip open.
  • A lot of people complain that Depp's interpretation of Willy Wonka seemed to just be a Michael Jackson charicature, which really bugs me because Michael Jackson loved children and Willy Wonka, in every incarnation of the story, very obviously hates children.
    • I think one reason for that was the general appearance of Depp's Wonka (IIRC he had quite pale skin, like Jackson's) and the idea that that man is interacting with children. And people will never let facts get in the way of making fun of something.
    • Depp's Wonka also has a completely different hair color/haircut.
    • Since when did Wonka hate children? He specificly wants a child to take over the factory because of their enthusiasm and innocence. He loves children, but I love cake and will still throw out a stale, fungus covered cake. I will hate it all the more because I know what a wonderful cake it might have been. Wonka is the same with kids, spoiled, greedy, idiotic kids are all the worse because he knows what well raised and well cared for children can be so good.
      • Err, no. He's cold toward all five children (apart from Charlie later on). Remember his line describing what a veruca was in the book and the 2005 movie? Or his sarcastic deadpan plea for the police in the 1971 movie? He wanted an heir to carry on his legacy, and he decided on a child who still has innocence. Nothing implied, at least in the 2005 movie, that he adored children.
      • The reason he's cold to the other four from the start is because he's most likely already seen their worst sides in their TV interviews. The closest he gets with Charlie, in the Depp version, is his first line to Grandpa Joe when he briefly suspects him of being one a former spy.
  • So, uh, why didn't either Charlie or Mike, who both were small enough to fit though the gate as Veruca did, do a damn thing to save her? Sure, she was a huge ass, but still.
    • Maybe because they spent a few seconds in shock first. Then when they got out of it, she was already down the chute.
    • Would you run down into the midst of a bunch of apparently intelligent, acting-rabid squirrels to save some witchy girl who stupidly put herself into that position whom you didn't even like? No thanks, I like my knees very much where they are.
    • This is because both Mike and Charlie as psychologically ready for a zombie apocalypse. Think about it.
      • Why didn't her father just climb over the gate? Oh, no, Mister Wonka has to open the gate first...
      • Maybe they were to initially shocked by the sheer what the fuckery of what was going on before their eyes; because hey wouldn't you be.
    • I honestly think they were being Genre Savvy. Think about it. If they ran down to save this witchy girl, she might have just pulled them into the mess while she escaped and not bothered going back to save them.
      • The same would have happened with Charlie for whatever happened. Try swimming after Agustus despite probably having no swim lessons? He would have been likely pulled under by the fat boy or would have been sent up the pipe (in the book version) and processed quickly. Veruca? Might be tossed into a table or experiments, caused her to swallow the gum, or be bitten as the Oompa Loompas add verses to their song about not sticking his hand where it shouldn't belong. Mike? Only part of them are sent over or they are fused together. The book mentioned that he avoided playing to preserve what little energy his body had and it does him well here. Naivety or white knighting might be his fault otherwise.
    • Also, while Charlie is a good kid and might've tried it if it wasn't so dangerous, Mike was never gonna risk his neck for her.
  • Marilyn Manson reportedly said, "If anyone were ever to remake Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I would audition for Willy in a heartbeat", which makes me think he thinks Willy Wonka's meant to be evil... demonic even, in reference to the boat ride in the Gene Wilder version, but, if you dig just a tiny bit, you might realize that the whole factory is a metaphor for heaven (particularly for children). So, Marilyn would've been woefully miscast...
    • So Willy Wonka is God... you know that could explain so much about both the story and reality.
    • Marilyn Manson said in an interview, "I see Willy Wonka as Satan because he presents people with the temptation of picking good and evil, and they all pick evil."
      • In the Gene Wilder version, sure, they all let temptation take them. However, Mister Dahl reputedly hated the Gene Wilder version, thus why it's called "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" instead of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". In part, I presume this is because, in the book, Charlie never gave in to temptation. He was a pure soul, and thus, allowed to enter 'heaven', ruling alongside 'God'... so, mister Manson there got it wrong anyway.
      • Not true. Dahl did hate the movie (reportedly he refused to ever see it in it's entirety, and would immediately change the channel if he ever caught sight of it on tv) because the initial screenplay he wrote was massively re-written by David Seltzer. But that isn't the reason for the name change. The movie was renamed "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" because the Vietnam War was still in full swing at the time, so the name "Charlie" would have had...Unfortunate Implications.
      • Actually, the interview in the "Willy Wonka" special features said that they changed the name because they wanted the movie to better promote the Wonka Bars that were being produced at the time. The candy had a flawed recipe and had to be pulled pretty quick, though...
    • I don't know why people automatically assume Manson (or Satan, for that matter) is "evil". Has he ever actually done anything wrong? I think he wanted to play Wonka, because he wanted to have fun.
      • Very true; despite appearances, he is a very well spoken, very intelligent, very kind and empathetic individual. This is a guy who managed to get Bill Maher to shut up with his eloquence and in the wake of the Columbine shootings where people blamed his music, stated to someone who tried to ask him about it that he did not want to talk about it because he did not want to make the shooters any more famous than they already were and that people should be focusing on the tragedy of the victims not the glamorization of the shooters. He likely would have been a different but appropriate sort of Wonka.
      • I think being a High Priest in the Orthodoxy of Satan would kinda get some raised eyebrows. As well as the burning and shredding of Bibles onstage...and allowing your drummer to stick a puppy in his bass drum, pull it out halfway through dead from the concussions, and then throw it into the crowd... Sure, Manson's articulate and charismatic, but then so was Ted Bundy...
      • Check your facts, dude: http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/marilyn2.asp.
    • You have to admit, Wonka does have a very mysterious tone to his personality, which is a quality usually reserved for villains. So even if you're correct in assuming Manson thinks Wonka is evil, why would that be a miscast? It's not like, in the end, the story would be any different.

  • Wonka's line in the TV Room:
    Well why would I want to teleport a person? They don't taste very good at all!
Am I honestly the only one who is deeply disturbed by the implication of actual cannibalism in that line?
  • Because Wonka admits earlier that everything in the room (including the buttons, though they are not digestible) was "eatable", including himself. However, as he says it is frowned upon in most societies, that likely suggests to viewers that Wonka himself does not promote cannibalism, and they interpret the later comment as a joke rather than yet another clue towards the outright stated fact that Wonka is a horribly deranged man.
    • Oh. Why would he know people don't taste very good at all. Eek. An Oompa-Loompa funereal ritual, maybe? They're pygmy humans in the book and Burton film, and thus would taste like "normal" people. Except when they taste like blueberry.
    • You can taste something without eating it, you know.
  • He ate Mrs. Lovitt's pies in a alternate universe?
  • For the line you're referring to, Wonka was only thinking about chocolate and couldn't see any non-candy-related applications for the Wonkavision (or probably anything he makes, really). When Mike suggested using it on people, his line of thought was more like, "Why do to people what I do to chocolate?" As for the line in the chocolate room.... I think might've been more bemoaning how you couldn't eat people in most societies, not informing the children of it. That's what it sounded like to me.
  • What was up with that part with the sheep?
    • The implication seems to be that they're the source of Wonka's cotton candy, but if you knew that cotton candy came from sheep, would you ever eat it again?
      • Considering that lamb chops are a fairly popular food... and the whole role of wool in clothing production...
      • But I've never eaten a jumper before.
    • I'm to understand it was a reference to Johnny Depp's previous role a Ed Wood in the film of the same name.
    • To me, it's a reference to an obvious (though typically British) joke about shepherds using their sheep for... um... certain purposes. So Wonka keeps them around to... yeah...
    • I thought it was a very sneaky little joke. Cotton candy is also called candy floss. Floss is a type of yarn, and yarn is made form wool.
  • The chocolate river is explicitly stated to be "hot melted chocolate of the finest quality." Think about how hot chocolate has to get just to melt, let alone keep such a gooey-but-thin liquid consistency. Surely Augustus should be covered in at least second-degree burns under all that fudge-coating, shouldn't he?
    • What, 45 degrees celsius?
    • Thinking too hard again!
      • What?
      • Put some chocolate squares in a metal cup. Go sit in a hot tub with the cup floating beside you. When you've had a good soak, get out and drink the chocolate.
    • Because they're not going to show a small child covered in second-degree burns in a family-friendly movie. Had they shown Augustus looking like a burnt chocolate hominoid monstrosity, the movie would've been thrown in the scrap heap. Burton's into creepy stuff, not horror/gore stuff.
  • Why didn't Tim Burton do the 'Tunnel of Hell' scene? He's well known for the freaky shit he puts in his films, and that would've been a perfect time to do it.
    • Because it wasn't in the book.
      • Neither was the dentist subplot, so that argument is invalid.
      • Actually, if anyone paid attention to Burton's repeated explanations that his movie is NOT a remake of the 1971 movie, but "redo" of the book, you would realize that the argument is valid. Why take a scene out of a movie you've already stated is not what you are trying to make? No, the dentist subplot wasn't in the book, but some sort of padding needed to be added. Let's be honest, Dahl's book doesn't have much of a plot after Charlie gets his chocolate. They needed to a conflict and made one. Burton is generally capable of making his own "freaky shit". He doesn't need to copy a non-sequitor like that (damn you TV Tropes, you've made me defend a director I don't even enjoy).
      • Dahl didn't like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and said he didn't want The Great Glass Elevator put to film. They needed some way to wrap up the plot, and the dentist subplot fit nicely.
    • I haven't seen the film in a while, but I thought he did (and it was in the book). Not to the deranged lengths the of 1971 film (just... WHY), but the scary tunnel was in the movie.
      • I think Wonka's deranged poetry was in the book too, though.
    • While there is no hell tunnel sequence, Burton's chocolate river boat shoots itself straight the hell down to get to the lower levels of the factory. Still pretty scary, if you ask me...
  • If Tim Burton wanted to do a film adaption that was more like the book, then why did he make Willy Wonka so different? Neither film adaption has Wonka like he is in the book, but at least the 1971 film has Wonka vaguely like the book (he is rather more serene than the excitable book Wonka). 2005 film Wonka, on the other hand, has almost no similarities to the book character.
    • Except that he has several lines and exchanges copied wholesale from the book (admittedly Wilder may have had as well, but I haven't seen his film for a long time). While I'd probably agree that neither are exact to the book, I think Depp is the more faithful.
      • Except Depp's version adds the excessive Man Child aspects to the character, plus the unnecessary boatload of Daddy Issues. I think the Nostalgia Critic said it best when he suggested that the 1971 movie is closer to Wonka's characterisation in the book (but the film becomes more about Charlie), whilst the 2005 film had a closer characterisation for Charlie (and yet became more about Willy Wonka as part of the standard Tim Burton/Johnny Depp thing).
  • What was Mike playing in the 2005 film? Or at least what was it based on? It looked similar to an Atari 7200 however the graphics was more PS2 or Xbox like.
    • The SchiZtation 9100, which was made by an obscure Ameritish company back in 19exty2. I'm not surprised you haven't heard of it.
  • Why did the other kids hate Charlie? Why did Violet and Veruca hate each other? Why did Violet and Veruca pretend to be friends?
    • Violet was shown to be very competitive, Veruca was a spoiled brat who probably didn't like the idea that other people were sharing the prize with her. They didn't like each other in the first movie either. As for the rest of it... I don't really know either.
    • The other kids are mean to Charlie because they're the kind of nasty little children who will pick on anyone they see as weaker. None of the kids liked each other, but Violet and Veruca especially disliked each other because they knew who the real competition was for the "special prize." And they pretended to be friends because, like many popular and entitled girls, they understood the concept of keeping one's enemies close.
  • Just gonna come right out and say it: Mike Teevee is more likeable than Charlie. A modern-day audience (especially children in it) are far more likely to identify with him than they are with the relentlessly perfect, naive, and saintly Charlie who seems to be from another time entirely. And the points Mike makes are perfectly valid (beyond the level of lampshade hanging to things that would make the audience go, 'hey, yeah, I want an explanation for this Fridge Logic!); Wonka just comes off as an ass for brushing them off. Is there... some way to JUSTIFY this? Did Burton just fuck up, or what?
    • He's an unsympathetic asshole with borderline Arbitrary Skepticism. Who mumbles. What is likable about him?
      • This troper would have to agree. Even if the more contemporary Mike is a little more relatable to audiences, he's still impatient, snotty, and condescending. He's a little smarter than everyone else, but he's still over-reliant on technology to the point of laziness. This is the underlying flaw the character represents, not just simply an obsession with television or video games.
      • Exactly. Since when did "I relate with this character" automatically mean "I like this character"?
      • Since Mike acts like a real person. Sure, he's a snotty, condescending arse, but frankly the same could be said about Willy Wonka. He's just a Flanderization of an average stereotypical child. He also happens to have several realistic idiosyncrasies , such as his intelligence and and deadpan snarkery. Charlie, though? Charlie is a Marty Stu. Unlike in the Gene Wilder movie, he has no character flaws. He's optimistic, kind, good to his family, unfailingly cheerful, and he never screws up or gets angry. Everyone heralds him as the only decent child in the story, not for doing something brave or clever or heroic, but for doing nothing the entire movie. He is rewarded for not questioning anything and staying in his proper place. And that is far more obnoxious than some smarmy kid who plays video games a lot.
      • If you prefer the giant asshat Mike who's arrogant (and not just in the "I'm ridiculously awesome" sort of way, but in the "I am better than you and I am going to rub it in your face til you cry" sort of way), lazy, rude, has no respect for anyone but himself, etc. to Charlie who may be a bit perfect but hardly does nothing, that's your prerogative. But I don't think most other people would agree with you, and you can't honestly complain that Burton made a character who was likeable by most to good guy and a character that was unlikeable to most the bad guy just because you, as a single and more than likely vastly outnumbered person, preferred it the other way around.
  • Why was the father of the spoiled brat the only parent that got a punishment? He sure was making her to the person she is, but every other parent was that to their kids too and the punishments for them were running after their kids. Also, he didnīt even mean to make her obnoxious and dominant, he just wanted to make her happy, although he did it with the wrong, material way. The competetive girl mother was far worse, probably forcing her daughter to that hobby.
    • Mr. Salt is also shown to be an asshole to his employees, forcing them to spend hours opening chocolate bars just so his daughter can get the golden ticket. While the other parents were unlikeable, none of them did anything like that. Personally, I think the audience would have felt cheated if Veruca's dad didn't get punished.
      • I don't see what's so bad about this. They are paid to spend hours a day shelling nuts. That's their job and having them do their job doesn't make him an asshole. He puts the nut-shelling on hold and has them unwrap chocolate instead for a few days because of the contest. Surely unwrapping chocolate isn't harder than shelling nuts all day. You could say that it's unfair that he has his employees open the chocolate and then takes the ticket but he's the one who bought it.
    • While the other parents might have been able to straighten their kids out but didn't feel like it or were just as bad, Mr. Salt was the only one the book directly linked to his kid bring a brat. In the movie they did the storyline with Veruca's mom being a Sports-Mom, but in the original book, I think it was only Salt who could be blamed the most directly for what she did. While we're on the subject, look at the difference in reaction to Violet turning blue between her mom and Violet herself. Mrs. Boulregard got her own, subtle, punishment.
      • It must be a book / film disparity then, because Mrs. Beauregarde, Mrs. Gloop and Mr. Salt were all almost certainly directly responsible for the way their kids turned out in the 2005 film. Violet's mother was a parody of a Stage Mom-like personality, pushing her daughter to succeed so she could live vicariously through her. Augustus's mother (and father probably) encouraged him to eat and eat out of some kind of misguided idea that it was good for him. Mr. Salt.. well you all know what his problem was.. To me the oddest thing was that Burton didn't make the Teavees more culpable for Mike's problem. His father seems like the only one who is kind of disappointed / embarrassed about his kid's behavior from the beginning. It would have made more sense to make Mike's parents aloof or lazy to make a point about how it's bad to be a "hands-off"-style parent who lets pop culture do all the heavy child-rearing.
      • Mr Teavee is culpable for his child's problems because he's ineffectual and pathetic. You're meant to see him as a loser who can't even stand up and discipline his own child. He's not as obnoxious as the other parents, but he's still as much of a failure in that he's raised a nasty child.
  • Why did Wonka use the TV machine to shrink giant-ass candy bars to normal size when he could've, ya know, made normal sized bars in the first place? Seems wasteful.
    • The shrinkage was a side-effect of transmitting things via TV. He wasn't transmitting them to shrink them, he was shrinking them to transmit them.
      • I still don't see the problem with using regular bars. Hershey's Minis are big business - if he did the regular-bar to mini-size then he'd use less chocolate for a bite-size chunk to simply whet people's appetites..
      • Probably because two-metre-long chocolate bar/boy + transmission = Six-inch-long bar/boy. Six-inch-long chocolate bar + transmission = 1.1 centimetre long chocolate bar. You probably wouldn't even see it on the screen, let alone be able to take it or get the wrapper off.
      • This above. The book explains that a giant size chocolate bar is necessary to become the correct size of an average chocolate bar on someone's television screen. These days, you'd probably need a much bigger bar.
    • Due to resolution problems with the camera/transmitter. If you sent a normal bar, important molecules may be lost due to resolution and fail to make the right taste and structure. What this says of Mike, however...
    • For (confectionery) SCIENCE!!!
  • Am I the only one who doesn't get why the Veruca Salt song ends more abruptly than the others?
    • They didn't want to tip off Mr. Salt about what was coming behind him. When he was gone they had no more reason to sing.
  • Am I the only one who wonders how exactly Willy's dad moved the COMPLETE house?
    • Rule of Funny and Rule of Drama.
    • Wilbur has access to the exact same "technology" that Willy does. Wilbur invented it so he could become a dentist from a horror movie.
  • Why did they insert the bits about Grandpa Joe being one of the Wonka employees laid off to make way for the Oompa-Loompas and the link between Mr. Bucket being fired from the toothpaste factory and the Wonka chocolate craze? They set it up so that Willy Wonka is either directly or indirectly responsible for all of the Bucket family's misery and then didn't do anything with it.
    • The former so that Grandpa Joe could narrate what working under Wonka used to be like and the latter so that Mr. Bucket could get his job back later because of the same craze. Narrative reasons.
  • Does anyone else feel that Veruca's punishment was far too light? She was arguably the most obnoxious child in the group, yet she was the only one whose punishment didn't leave drastic, lasting effects. To wit: Agustus gets (presumably) turned into living chocolate, and will have to spend the rest of his life trying to keep from eating himself or melting; Violet is left blue-skinned and freakishly flexible (and permanently doing cartwheels, it seems); Mikey is turned into a freakishly tall noodle person; Veruca... gets a bath and a stern look from her father.
    • She was practically RAPED by squirrels.
    • Perhaps for the same reason Mr. Salt was the only parent who was punished directly? The other parents are certainly guilty of criminal neglect to allow their children to reach the horrible state they were in by the time of the book/movies, that neglect was not straightening out their children's innate nastiness. Augustus Gloop was a greedy little shit without prompting, his parents just enabled him. Veruca's brattiness could be argued to be completely a creation of her father telling her to act that way to get what she wants. So she gets off light, while her father gets punished as well.
    • Not raped; roughly manhandled. And while that may have been a bit traumatic, it can't be worse than being stretched out in a taffy pulling machine.
    • I didn't think Augustus was turned into chocolate, he was just covered in it, they probably got it off after several washes,and Violet seemed quite happy with her situation (she wasn't doing cartwheels because she had to, she was showing off). I did think it was unfair that they didn't all get lasting effects, though. It should have been all or none of them getting permanent side effects.
    • What makes her the worst in the group? I don't think she really came off as any more bratty than Mike or Violet, it's just her brattishness was demanding presents, while the others were obnoxious in different ways. I'd say she was actually the least deserving of punishment out of everyone. Her parents are as much to blame for her personality, which can't be said for the other families really. Wonka clearly agrees- Veruca and her parents are both punished, which doesn't happen to any other family.
      • The bratty qualities of the other children can be blamed (well, partially) on the parents, too, though. If the Gloops made sure her son knew how to control himself and enjoy a healthy diet, he wouldn't have practically dived into the chocolate lake; if the Mike's parents actually raised their child instead of letting him become obsessed with television, he just would have just been in awe of Wonka's invention instead of rushing to use it and the same for Violet and gum/winning. And the other parents are punished as well because they have to deal with a stretched out son or a purple daughter; in other words they have to deal with the mess they themselves created. The children were all brats because of their awful personalities and because bad habits their parents allowed them to keep.
    • The scene seemed to be implying that that her dad was going to stop spoiling her, which is definitely a long lasting effect.
    • What?! I think Veruca's got it worse than the others. It'll be fun to be stretched out or purple and extremely flexible, but being dumped down a rubbish chute? Ew. (Being carried by squirrels is probably fun, though, but the others get to do fun weird stuff too!)
  • I am I the only one who isn't confounded by the fact Wonka doesn't have a massive law suit on his hands after all that. I mean: almost being burned to death, shrunk, turned purple and almost killed by a chocolate river, someone MUST have raised something. In the other film they sign a contract that probably covers that. But it this film, there is no one who bats an eyelid at someone being creepily long and PURPLE.
    • Who says he doesn't? But Wonka's got plenty of money to throw around. Plus, Mrs. Gloop is the only one who really becomes furious at Wonka. Presumably Mr. and Mrs. Salt would be as well, but it seems like it would be hard to make charges stick in these cases, when each child was repeatedly warned against the action that got them karmic punishment.
  • Mr. Bucket gets laid off from his job at the toothpaste factory after the factory replaces him with a machine, then he later gets rehired to repair said machine. Either the machine breaks down constantly and Mr. Bucket is hired to fix it each time, which would make having the machine in the first place seem like a pointless waste of money; or the factory paid Mr. Bucket to fix the machine the one time, which would still leave him without a constant job.
    • I'm guessing what they meant was that Mr. Bucket was rehired to maintain the machine.
      • The Buckets were probably news in the papers for a while, considering that their son was seen flying above a crowd and ended up as the only one not horribly disfigured (Or humiliated, unless Veruca got a stench of rotting that wouldn't go away) so people would wonder about what made him so different.
  • If Wonka's factory officially has no workers, who drives the delivery trucks with Wonka logos in the beginning? Unless they're operated by a subcontractor, of course.
    • This is likely the case — and it follows the book's explanation for how the candies are distributed fairly closely: According to Grandpa Joe, "[The candies] come out through a special trap door in the wall, all packed and addressed, and they are picked up every day by Post Office trucks."
  • This has got to be addressed. Why did Mike Teevee in this one, go to the chocolate factory. He said himself he hated chocolate and he didn't really seem interested in the wonder and splendor of the factory. Yet he went as far as, hacking the factory to get the proper codes to find the golden ticket and there was no Slugworth in this movie to bribe him.
    • 2005 Mike strikes me as proactive enough to not need a Slugworth to come to him. He probably thought he'd just take a look around and maybe get a few secrets he could sell. Either that, or the neener-neener privileges of visiting The Forbidden Factory outweighed his dislike of chocolate (speaking of which, did he say he hated all sweets, or just chocolate? Wonka makes a lot of other stuff in there besides chocolate, which may include the soft drinks that gamers today love so much).