Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: When Wonka is handing out the Everlasting Gobstoppers, when one of the children says "did you say everlasting Gobstopper?" you can see Wonka mouthing out her lines.

Correction: He wasn't mouthing her lines. He knew she was going to say "Did you say everlasting gobstoppers?" because it's kind of a crazy thing so he was mocking her and being annoying.

Corrected entry: Not only does Mike spell his last name T.V. on the contract and the credits say TeeVee, but when they are interviewing him after he won the ticket, and elsewhere too, it's spelled TeaVee.

Correction: Mike spells his last name on the contract T.V. because he is a Television freak and wants his last name spelled that way, as for the changed spelling elsewhere, I can't help you.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Mike TeeVee has been transmitted through the TV, you can clearly see him standing on a black stage type platform, which you shouldn't be able to see. (01:29:10)

Correction: You can see him standing on a black platform, you then see him step down off the platform. The fact that you see him step off the platform while still in the TV indicates that this is not a mistake.


Corrected entry: Mrs. TeeVee says that her son only eats TV dinners and has never been to the table. Why didn't she just move the table in front of the TV so they could have a nice family meal?


Correction: Perhaps because Mike's parents wouldn't want him to become loud and excited (as he obviously is known to do) and ruin what could have been a "nice family meal."

Corrected entry: When Violet eats the gum and turns into a blueberry, Wonka tells the Oompa Loompas to roll her to the juicing room. When they start rolling her around, you can see that it's not Violet, but a rather large blue ball with a wig glued to it.

Correction: In an interview with the girl that played Violet, she said she was inside the costume the entire time they were moving her around, she just didn't move.

Corrected entry: When Willy Wonka plays the musical code for entering the Chocolate Room, Mike Teevee's mother says "Rachmaninoff." In fact, it is the introduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."


Correction: That's the whole point. She is showing off, trying to pretend she is cultured and classy, whereas in fact she is an ignoramus.

Corrected entry: If the "Golden Ticket" can be found in any of Wonka's confections, why is the spoiled girl's crew only opening one kind of Wonka's candy?

Matty Blast

Correction: The Golden Tickets are not found in just any of Wonka's confections. They are only placed in Wonka Bars, which is why they're opening only one kind of candy.


Correction: They're opening regular Wonka bars. We see in the film that there's many types of bars, and the regular seem to be the bottom of the line. So, Mr. Salt probably just bought as many of the bottom line as he could to minimize costs, and also maximize the chance of getting a ticket by the added volume of candy bars. Makes sense.


Corrected entry: In the Chocolate Room, there are several see-through pipes coming out of the chocolate. The chocolate is supposed to be being sucked upwards in all of them. However, in some of the pipes it is actually flowing downwards, since it was easier for the film-makers to only pump it upwards in some of them and then send it into the other pipes to go back down. This is confirmed when Augustus Gloop gets stuck in one of the up-pipes - there is no chocolate at all flowing in one of the down-pipes while he is stuck in there.

Correction: There is no proof saying that the chocolate went directly up in every pipe. No one has ever said that the chocolate would not go through multiple pipes.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene at Bill's Candy Store, Bill is giving out candy to everyone and taking no money with poor Charlie looking in the window because he cannot afford any.


Correction: The other kids' parents, being affluent, could have just opened an account with the candy store. Charlie knows his family can't afford the candy, so he is left with just looking.


Corrected entry: When everybody moved to the side of the boat to exit onto the dock, the boat should have leaned in that direction from the imbalance, but it stayed steady.

Correction: The boat's ballast keeps it balanced to prevent tipping.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the half-room, Wonka angrily tells Charlie and Grandpa that there is no lifetime supply of chocolate due to stealing fizzy-lifting drinks and touching the fan which needs to be 'washed and sterilized.' But how did Wonka actually KNOW that Charlie and Grandpa did the above, since they were alone at all times and there were no Oompa-Loompas or CCTV cameras watching them? Also, when Charlie and Grandpa rejoin Wonka and the others, Wonka is carrying on without any suspicion whatsoever and he doesn't question them till they get to the half-room.

Correction: It's not hard to imagine Wonka having a security system that would have let him know what happened with the fizzy lifting drinks - it wouldn't necessarily be visible to anyone. He never mentioned it to Charlie because he intended to use the incident as a sort of "final exam" to test Charlie's reaction and see if he was worthy to take over the factory.


Corrected entry: In the 'half room', half a wall clock is shown, yet the pendulum mechanism is not directly below the 6, it is slightly offset to the right.

Correction: Why is this a mistake? Almost every single thing in the entire factory is slightly "off" if you will.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: When Charlie and Grandpa enter the 'half-room' to enquire about the lifetime supply of chocolate, look at the 'half-lamp' on Wonka's desk. It has a full complete light bulb. This bulb should be 'in half' to match the rest of the room.

Correction: That's because a half lightbulb wouldn't work. Wonka would still want a working light, even if everything else was cut in half.


Corrected entry: What was stopping the children from giving an Everlasting Gobstopper to the *real* Slugworth? I'm sure he'd be very interested in them.

Correction: The entire gobstopper situation was created by Wonka as a test for the kids. In reality, any of them COULD try to give one to the real Slugworth, but it wouldn't really matter to Wonka.

Corrected entry: When Violet turns into a blueberry, her belt bursts off, but a few seconds later as the Oompa-Loompas start singing her belt has disappeared from the ground.

Correction: The camera doesn't focus on Violet the entire time, there is plenty of time for an Oompa-Loompa to move the belt out of the way.

Corrected entry: This is of course done on purpose, but if Grandpa Joe hadn't been out of the bed in years, how could he just get up and dance, only stumbling a little bit?

Correction: It was done on purpose, so there is no mistake. It is also specifically mentioned in the book.

Corrected entry: When the group are in the Egg-Laying Room and Veruca says that she wants a golden goose Charlie says "Here we go again" but it doesn't match the way his mouth moves.

cameron davies

Correction: No, I just watched this and it does match up.

Corrected entry: When Augustus Gloop falls in the chocolate River, Charlie grabs a lolly and Augustus holds it. As he does this, it bends.

Correction: I am sure lots of different candy products would bend also in the same situation. Not all lollys are hard.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mike TV gets turned into a million pieces and reappears in the television, he has his goggles on when he gets transported and his goggles are not over his eyes when he reappears in the TV.

Correction: I watched this movie last night and could see that as Mike appeared in miniature in the TV after being transported, he lifted up his goggles. That's why his goggles are off in his next close-up shot.

Revealing mistake: When Charlie and Grandpa Joe drink the fizzy lifting drink and are floating in the air you can see the hook that is connected to the wire that Charlie is being held up by.

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Willy Wonka: Invention, my dear friends, it's 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.
Mrs. Teevee: That's 105 percent.

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Trivia: The novel's writer, Roald Dahl, hated this movie version of his story.

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Question: How did Willy Wonka know that Charlie and Grandpa Joe had stolen Fizzy Lifting Drinks? The entire time they were in the room they were completely alone and security cameras obviously didn't come into existence at the time.

Answer: Closed circuit security was invented in 1942 and came into common use in the late 60s and early 70s. Beyond that, Wonka could have had Oompa Loompas monitoring the group or simply noticed that they were gone and guessed.

Greg Dwyer

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