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Comic Books

  • The Simpsons: Issue #41 of Simpsons Comics contains the story "Bart Simpson & the Krusty Brand Fun Factory".

Film - Live-Action

  • The BFG: The BFG says that his palace breakfast in "scrumdiddlyumptious". Bonus points for both works being based on books by Roald Dahl.


  • In Shtum Georg looks so excited while touring a residential school for Jonah that he looks like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.

Live-Action TV

  • The Big Bang Theory: In "The Jerusalem Duality", Sheldon calls engineers the "Oompa Loompas of science".
  • Drake & Josh: In "The Bet", Josh tries to get Drake to break his vow not to eat candy by turning their room into a candyland and wearing a Wonka hat.
  • In the Glee episode "Funeral", Willy Wonka was Sue's late sister's favorite movie, so her funeral (the titular one) is given a Wonka theme, complete with New Directions performing "Pure Imagination".
  • The Muppet Show: In one episode, Ben Vereen performs "Pure Imagination".
  • The Office: In the 2009 episode titled "The Golden Ticket", Michael Scott bursts into the staff lounge and scolds them over misnaming the movie as simply Willy Wonka and not Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Pam says it's based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    Pam: Actually, it's based on a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!


  • Sammy Davis Jr. did a cover of "The Candy Man" for his 1972 album Sammy Davis Jr. NOW! Unlike the song in the movie, all references to Willy Wonka are omitted. This version is ostensibly about the candy store owner from the beginning.
    The Candy Man: YOU CAME TO RIGHT MAN CAUSE I'M THE CANDY MAN! What would you like?
  • Kidsongs also did a cover of The Candy Man, with the lyrics being the same as the Davis version.
  • Veruca Salt is named after the bratty character in book.
  • "Pure Imagination" has been covered by the likes of Josh Groban, Fiona Apple and Maroon 5.

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Web Comics

  • Sheldon:
    • One storyline has Sheldon buying Willy Wonka's "Wonka-vator".
    • Previously, a storyline has Sheldon and Arthur visiting Microsoft... where they are accompanied to Bill Gates' office by Oompa-Loompas.

Web Original

  • Honest Trailers: A trailer for the film was made in 2017, and was the #2 most-requested trailer for Fan Appreciation Month.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • The Critic did an Old vs. New editorial comparing this film and 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
    • In his review of A Troll in Central Park, "The Oompa-Loompas could beat him up" is a choice of various reasons why Gus thinks Stanley won't have a dream come true.
    • In his Old vs. New editorial on The Karate Kid, Critic says that it's not easy to watch little kids get injured, "unless you're Willy Wonka".
    • The review of The Lorax introduced the character Black Willy Wonka, who became a recurring character in the series.
  • SMG4's Mario Bloopers has "Mario and the retarded spaghetti factory", featuring a factory run by a Teletubby named "Tubbie Wonka" that produces Mario's Trademark Favorite Food, spaghetti. At first glance it sounds like a usual parody of the story, but things quickly get dark when Mario starts a war with Tubbie Wonka and he locks Mario in a prison cell located inside the factory.

Western Animation

  • American Dad!:
    • In "Bush Comes to Dinner", Duper initially wins the CIA essay contest before it's found out he plagiarized the story from this film.
    • In "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever", God says "So shines a good deed in a weary world" when Stan gives up the God Gun.
    • In "May the Best Stan Win", Stan fights with his future self at Hersheypark, knocking a fat kid named Augustus into a chocolate river in the process.
    • "Jeff and the Dank-Ass Weed Factory" is a marijuana-themed parody of the story, featuring an Expy of Wonka named "Tommy Tokes" voiced by Snoop Dogg.
  • Family Guy:
    • A cutaway from "I Never Met the Dead Man" depicts Peter already inflated into a giant blueberry and denying Wonka's accusations that he ate his candy. Blueberry Peter later became an unlockable form in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.
    • The first half of "Wasted Talent" is a parody of this film, in which Peter wins a trip to the Pawtucket Patriot Ale factory. It's notorious for introducing the Overly Long Gag where Peter hurts his knees while running home with his winning scroll ("Tssss...Aaaahh...").
    • A scene from "FOX-y Lady" references the gag mentioned above when Lois gets a job at Fox News and hurts her breast on her way home with the news.
    • In "Meg Stinks!", Meg demonstrates how well she knows her father by saying that he likes Augustus Gloop and hates Mike Teavee.
    • The episode "Boys in the Band" opens with Brian and Stewie watching an "extended director's cut" of the film.
  • Futurama: The episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory" is a spoof of this film.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Wacky Wally from "Taffy Trouble" is a parody of Willy Wonka.
  • King of the Hill: In "Peggy's Pageant Fever", Luanne dyes Peggy's hair like an Oompa-Looma's to get back at her for firing her as her stylist.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The "Toy to the World" features creatures called the Ba-dink-a-dinks, who make toys for the toy factory before Phineas releases them.
  • Rick and Morty: In "The Ricklantis Mixup", the Rick owner of the Simple Rick's factory is dressed like Willy Wonka.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "Love, Maurice" features Charlie and Grandpa Joe licking the factory's wall, with the Oompa Loompas providing a "carrot" through a hole in the wall.
    • A sketch from "Major League of Extra Ordinary Gentleman" features a backstory where Wonka captures the Oompa Loompas from their homeland to make them his slaves a la Roots.
    • A sketch from "Immortal" features Oompa Loompas trying to come up with lyrics for their riddles.
    • A sketch from "Cake Pillow" features Wonka making Mr. Salt pay a hefty price to get his daughter an Oompa Loompa.
    • A sketch from "Blackout Window Heat Stroke" features Wonka giving Charlie his factory so he can be charged and convicted for the deaths of the other kids instead of himself.
    • A sketch from "Food" features Wonka getting locked out of the factory and trying to keep his show going until the door is opened.
  • Johnny Bravo: Has an episode featuring Jerky Jake and his Jerky Factory. It diverges in one major way: Johnny is one of the people thrown out of the factory, thanks to Pops attacking a worker.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Trash of the Titans" contains a parody of the Candy Man song.
    • In "Sweets and Sour Marge", Garth Motherloving lets Homer see an Oompa Loompa in exchange for smuggling sugar into Springfield.
    • Goose Gladwell from "Fat Man and Little Boy" is a parody of Willy Wonka.
    • In "Rome-old and Julie-eh", the delivery man says that his boxes are not for "creating a world of pure imagination".
    • In "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe", Moe tries to watch TV with his dwarf girlfriend Maya, and the screen shows Oompa Loompas before hastily changing stations to avoid offending her.
    • In "The Scorpion's Tale", Walter Hottenhoffer says that he is actually a grown-up Augustus Gloop and that his experience in the tube still haunts him.
    • In "The Ziff Who Came To Dinner," Artie reads a book to Lisa and then asks her if Homer ever read to her. Lisa says that he tried once, but then got confused and thought the book was real, before saying, "He's still looking for that chocolate factory. It consumes him."
  • South Park:
    • In "Butt Out", the boys visit the cigarette company's headquarters, which is a jolly, Wonka-esque factory.
    • in "Le Petite Tourette", Cartman sings "I've Got a Golden Ticket" when he realizes he can use Tourette's syndrome as an excuse to say anything he wants without consequence.

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