Question: What is the steel mask that young Willy is wearing all the time? What is its purpose? How does he eat, drink, talk, or brush his teeth with that mask on?
New this month Answer: It's (ridiculously exaggerated) orthodontic headgear, designed to straighten one's teeth. I had to wear a much smaller version as a kid.
Question: Young Willy runs through the flags of various countries at the museum. Can someone name those countries in order.
Answer: Please keep in mind that some of the flags overlap and are only seen briefly. In order: Canada, France, India, Switzerland, Germany, United States, Great Britain, Mexico, Japan, China and Iraq.
Question: What video game was Mike Teevee playing and what system is it for?
Answer: It's not a real game - the sequence was created specifically for the film by a company called Digi-Guys based in Ealing Studios in the UK. The software used was Softimage XSI and Digital Fusion.
Question: I don't fully understand the ending. Why did Charlie want to have his house in the chocolate factory?
Answer: The narrator tells us that Charlie accepted Wonka's offer to take over the factory "on one condition." We then see Charlie come home to his family's house - a place of warmth and love - with WIllie Wonka in tow to share dinner. Then the camera pans out to show that the house is, indeed, inside the factory, with giant salt shaker-like machines providing the snow. Then we see an Oompa-Loompa, who has apparently been our narrator throughout, tell us the ending of the story. Charlie won a factory. But more important, "Willie Wonka got something even better - a family." So, what was Charlie's "one condition?" Recall that in the scene before, Charlie watched intently as Wonka reconnected with his dentist father after years of estrangement. The "one condition" probably wasn't to have the house moved into the factory. Rather, it was probably his condition that Wonka become an adopted member of the Bucket family. By moving the house into the factory, everyone's happy ending could be met. Perhaps moving the house was more Wonka's idea than Charlie's. Plus, it just makes for a hell of a cute ending, with those fun little nested surprises throughout.
Question: If it's such a hi-tech factory, why is Doris still using an old fashion typewriter when they wave to her?
Answer: Perhaps she prefers the old style typewriter. Besides, the film seems to be set in a parallel time where modern items and more antique items exist quite happily side by side.
Question: Upon first meeting each other, Veruca says "Let's be friends", and Violet replies "best friends". I get a strange feeling this is a reference to something. Is it, and if so, what?
Answer: They're there to compete, but are pretending to really like each other. It's not a reference to anything specific.
Question: I understand that the video game Mike Teevee was playing was made specifically for the movie. I also know that it's a First Person Shooter game. Is the game similar to any actual real life video games?
Answer: Other then being a first person shooter, no it is not similar to any other game.
Question: In Charlie's house, why do all four grandparents sit/sleep continuously on the same bed all the time? Especially when one of them, who went with Charlie is perfectly capable of walking. How can four people be comfortable on one bed all the time? Secondly, what is in the middle of the bed, where they keep the food tray and where Charlie sits, during one scene?
Answer: All four grandparents sleep in one bed because there is only one good bed and the family gives the one comfy bed to the elderly. His grandparents aren't supposed to be able to walk .
Question: I don't quite understand how Willy Wonka's father's house could have moved away from the rest of the block. Could anyone explain that to me?
Answer: It's a joke. It shows what great lengths Dr. Wonka went to to distance himself from his son, by making sure even his childhood home would be gone, but to ponder how this happened is useless. It's a simple joke, nothing more.
Question: Right after Wonka shows the group the Everlasting Gobstoppers, Violet looks at her mother and she gives Violet a weird look. What's this about?
Answer: The weird look was because Wonka didn't like the comparison between gum and the everlasting gobstoppers. Violet and her mom wanted to win, but by making Wonka irritated it didn't help their chances so they shared a disappointed look.
Question: Why would Willy Wonka rather not talk about the pink sheep-shearing room?
Answer: Because is probably just one of those weird and wonderful things, like much of Wonka's world, that he could not really explain simply, thus feeling it was best left unsaid altogether. It may well be a nod to another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie where he played Ed Wood, a transvestite who liked pink angora sweaters.