Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: When the candyman sells Charlie the Scrumdiviliunctions Bar (whatever), Charlie gives him a quarter. He gets no change, but he buys another regular bar for Grandpa Joe. The candyman didn't know he would buy another bar, so did he intend to keep the 15 cents change? And he still didn't give back the nickel remaining.

Correction: As the film is not set in a particular country or city, the coin is not a quarter and could be an even amount like 20 pence, 2 shillings, 50 cents, etc. that would exactly cover the cost of 2 candy bars. Since Charlie just stands there and the coin is worth 2 candy bars, the man waits to see if he wants change or another bar. BTW, Scrumdidilyumptious.

Corrected entry: Why would Mr Wonka's loyal Oompa-Loompas shrink Mike when Mr Wonka was shouting 'No, don't.'

Correction: It's probably because he actually wanted them to. As we see later, Wonka seems to have planned the entire chain of events out. He gives each child a test which all of them fail. He just "keeps up the act" to make it look like the kids aren't being tested.


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: Where on earth did Grandpa Joe get that second candy bar that Charlie opened? Neither he nor any of the other grandparents could have bought it, since they never get out of bed, Charlie couldn't have since he was surprised when he saw it, and Mrs. Bucket probably didn't since she wouldn't approve of wasting Grandpa Joe's tobacco money and getting Charlie's hopes up about the Golden Ticket. It can't be the reason from the book either - in that Grandpa sends Charlie out to get it with his hoarded dime, but in the film he's just somehow acquired it.

Correction: Charlie's mother was the only one (besides Charlie) who could have gotten the Wonka bar. Also, she wouldn't have had a problem spending money Charlie earned for something that Charlie wanted over spending it on something as un-healthy and un-wanted (he gave it up, remember) as tobacco for Grandpa Joe.

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 Charlie asks for his second candy bar from the candy store owner, watch what the candy shop owner is doing. He looks into a clear jar by unscrewing the top. Why can't he just look in through the side?

Correction: If sweets have been constantly taken from the middle of the jar, as they often are, then the level seen through the side is misleading. Therefore to have a proper look at how full the jar is it is quite normal to take the lid off to look inside. It would also be the case if they had gotten stuck to the jar itself, there would be no way of telling how many are in it.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: In the scene where the children are in the candy store after school, the Candyman is giving candy away freely (no one is paying) and he is throwing so much out to so many children that it would be hard to calculate how much each child owes for the candy he/she ate. But when Charlie goes in (when he finds the money in the gutter) the Candyman "ummmhumm"s for money as payment for the candybar he gave Charlie, as Charlie is scarfing it down. Why doesn't Charlie get free candy?

Correction: The Candyman is only handing out little sweets, as a means of ensuring customer loyalty. The children didn't ask for them, he just gives them. However, Charlie asked for a particular chocolate bar - of course he's expected to pay for what he asks for.

Corrected entry: When Charlie and his grandpa are flying in the drink room, they both each yell out "wheee". When Charlie says it, his mouth isn't moving, he's just smiling.

Correction: When the sound "wheee" is made, the mouth forms a smile shape, and it's not necessary to move the mouth while making it. Therefore, he would only appear to be smiling when he made the sound.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Charlie, Grandpa Joe, and Wonka are getting into the Wonkavator, Wonka tells Charlie that he has pressed every button in the Wonkavator except the one circled in red. Once Charlie presses it, Wonka tells them to hang on because he is not sure what will happen. However, in the very next breath he states, "Faster, faster, if we don't pick up enough speed we'll never make it through." Grandpa Joe then states, "You mean we're going...", and Wonka says, "Up and out." Now if Wonka never pressed the button and did not know what to expect, how did he know that they would be transported up and out of the factory?

Correction: Wonka knows exactly what's going on the whole time. He just likes to sound eccentric. Like when he talks about Veruca Salt ending up in the incinerator and says at the end that all the naughty children will be fine.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the scene where Wonka plays the musical lock, the room is tiny, as is the door. The shot then changes to the other side of the door, which is enormous. Surely then we would see the surrounding "tiny" walls from the previous shot and the guests all crouching.

Correction: This is supposed to happen, to show just how crazy and magical the factory is. Mrs. Gloop foreshadows this, saying, "You're not squeezing me through that tiny door." Then we see that the door is magic by seeing that not only one person, but the whole group at once can indeed pass through the door.

Corrected entry: Judging from the make of the cars and the hippie peace signs on the walls, I'd say the movie was set in the early 60's. How then did Wonka parody Neil Armstrong's moon landing line?


Correction: They never specifically say when the movie or the story takes place. It was released in 1971, but a date was never said in the movie.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: When Wonka first plays the flute, an OompaLoompa gets there rather fast, considering that they were all across the river. There weren't any OompaLoompas on the candy side of the room when everybody entered.


Correction: There are many Oompa Loompas all over the factory, not just in one room. We don't know where this one came from; evidently it was nearby.


Corrected entry: In the scene on the boat, at the rate they are going, one would think that their hair would be blowing. It is very obvious that no one's hair seems to be blowing at all.

Correction: It's a magical boat. Though they have a sensation of great speed, its probably not moving very fast at all. The factory is only so big.


Corrected entry: As the movie progresses anything involving the number of children/parents is gradually decreased as are the number of children/parents, but they should have been enough for all 10 originally. Example: just enough seats on paddle boat and ride through the wonkawash, also the number of coats and goggles available before the TV room.

Correction: Wonka, while not being able to say with all certainty how many guests would be at each point along the tour, knew without a doubt that one or more would not follow the rules. The fact that the number of guests' spaces changes along the way could be due to the fact that the Oompa-Loompas make preparations or changes ahead of the tour's arrival.

Corrected entry: How did "Slugworth" get to Charlie and Vericua so fast? They discovered the tickets and in a few short seconds he was there.


Correction: We can assume that Wonka probably knew the location of all the golden tickets, and so as Slugworth really worked for Wonka, he was probably sent to the locations to watch for the winners.

mandy gasson

Corrected entry: Why isn't Charlie disqualified like the other children were? They all do something horrendous so as to be disposed of, eg: Violet chewed the gum, Augustus drank from the chocolate river, etc. But Charlie and Grandpa Joe did (just as Wonka claimed toward the end of the movie) drink fizzy lifting drinks against his orders, and yet Charlie still 'wins' the factory in the end.

Correction: Remember that the other children's selfish actions caused them to be 'disposed of' - they literally couldn't continue on the 'tour' because of their physical state (Mike TV and Violet) or because they disappeared. Wonka did try to dismiss ('disqualify') Charlie at the end of the movie for stealing fizzy lifting drinks, but because Charlie was penitent (unlike the other children) and did a good deed (by returning the Everlasting Gobstopper) Wonka knew Charlie had a good heart and rewarded him.


Corrected entry: The scene where everyone is in the paddle boat. The Oompa's are powering the huge paddle at the back of the boat, but there is no water splashing from the paddle.

Correction: That's because they're sailing on a chocolate river, and chocolate is too thick to be splashed.


Corrected entry: In the scene at the end where they are flying over London in the elevator the town below shows cars driving on the right side of the road.

Correction: The DVD commentary states that the film is set in no particular city or country.


Corrected entry: The film is set in England. After the elevator smashes through the roof and is flying over the city you can see that it's a medieval walled city. It's actually Rothenburg Ob Tauber in Southeastern Germany.

Correction: The DVD commentary states that the film is set in no particular city or country.


Corrected entry: Not really a mistake; just something to point out. Charlie's grandparents say they have not been out of the bed in over 20 years. What if they have to go to the bathroom?

Correction: You can see that there are chamber pots under the bed.

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: Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.

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Trivia: In the beginning of the movie, when the candy store owner is singing the candy man song, there's a spot towards the end of the song where he lifts up his counter to let all the kids in. Watch the little blonde girl as she gets walloped in the chin by the counter. (00:04:30)

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