Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: There's no reason Verruca's dad or any of the other characters for that matter couldn't have climbed over the gate to save Verruca from the squirrels without resorting to the keychain.

Correction: Had Veruca's dad or any other part of the group tried to save her, the squirrels would most likely have attacked and knocked them into the garbage chute as well. Also note, that each time something happens to the other kids, Willy doesn't do anything as he sees them as being rightly punished.

Veruca looks about 6 or 7. These are adults watching. Willy didn't know until after the song that she was not going to die. He had no excuse.

Corrected entry: After all five kids find the golden tickets it's revealed they have to be at the factory on a specific date and time according to the ticket. So what would Wonka have done if all the tickets had not been found by that date? Keep in mind it is also revealed that the "Russian" ticket was a fake which was discovered just before Charlie found the actual remaining ticket. If he had not found that ticket or it was revealed that the Russian ticket was a fake after the specific date had come and passed there would have been only 4 ticket winners to arrive at the factory, so what would have Wonka done then?

Correction: This is a question and not a plot hole. The same scenario is present in the book and original movie. Wonka could have simply proceeded with the tour with the 4 children or pushed the date back. Although the fact that very specific kids, including Charlie, found the tickets means there was more at play than sheer luck and so Wonka knew all 5 real tickets would be found in time.


Corrected entry: In the end where it zooms out and shows the Oompa Loompa narrator, you can see the machines used to shake the snow on the house.

Correction: That is exactly the point. It's part of the factory and it's not snow, it's powdered sugar.

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Corrected entry: During the Mike Teavee scene, the drummer is not even touching the hi-hat Mike is hanging onto, thus he should not have been launched up in the air. (01:27:15)

Correction: You can see the drummer hit both hi-hats right after the shot changes to Mike hanging on one. After he's in the air the drummer isn't hitting them anymore.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Willie is closing the factory, from behind, you see the microphone amplifying his voice as he makes his announcement. After he says "I'm sorry", he turns to his right to leave, the microphone and the mic stand are gone. He didn't take it with him.

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Correction: Nothing in the scene shows he didn't take it with him. He could have easily had the microphone in his hand, which is off screen when he turns around.


Corrected entry: The entrance door to the Inventing Room doubles in size when Blueberry Violet is squeezed through so she will fit.

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Correction: No it doesn't. It was always a giant round door when they first walked in.


Corrected entry: The mechanism that shoots the Gobstoppers into the pool is not connected to the pool. It's almost as if the mechanism is just floating there.

Brad Premium member

Correction: In subsequent shots, you can see that the mechanism is connected to the black ceiling of the Inventing Room.


Corrected entry: When Violet begins to inflate into a blueberry, there are two Oompa-Loompaas behind her. In the next shot, they are gone.

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Correction: Actually they are backing up. They begin to slowly back away into the darkness where you cannot see them.

Corrected entry: When the magic gum is pressed out from the machine, it's orange but when Violet takes it, it's blueish.


Correction: The gum is two colors - an yellowish-orange and a dark bluish-orange.


Corrected entry: The FPS game Mike plays would set the movie no earlier than the mid 1990's, yet in the retrospection scene which is said to take place twenty years earlier, everything from cars to clothes is not younger than from 1950's, which would be about 40 years earlier.

Correction: I don't believe this is actually an error, as this isn't really a movie set in the 'real world', but more of a parody of the world. As discussed in the 'making of' on the DVD, they explained that they didn't really want the place or time to be anything specifically set. Therefore there are more modern things (like the FPS game), and the older things like the 1950s stuff. It's the same reason that the money they use in the movie has been designed to look different - so that you can't identify where it's supposed to be. They never actually specify if Wonka's factory is in England or America.


Corrected entry: When they show close-ups of Willy Wonka's face as an adult, you can see that he has bright blue eyes. But, when they show him as a child, he has dark, brown eyes.

Correction: Willy is wearing colored contacts. [Johnny Depp's eyes are brown in real-life, too]. It would not be out of place for the eccentric Willy Wonka to do things to alter his appearance just to be "different. Willy also colored his hair burgundy [or is wearing a wig], which is obviously different from the dark brown/black hair the juvenille Willy has.

Corrected entry: Violet's clothes wouldn't be affected by the gum, but her clothes expand and turn blue.

Correction: Her sweatsuit is made of a stretch jersey, and probably has spandex in it, so it would expand around a bloating body. It also turns blue because her body is secreting blueberry juice. You can see this is happening during the transformation scene as stains appear on her clothing in spots and spread out as if it is soaking up liquid. Along with this, when Violet runs her hand across her stomach stains appear where she touches.

Corrected entry: When Wilbur Wonka throws the Halloween candy in the fire, some of the candies have the skeleton from "A Nightmare Before Christmas," another Tim Burton film.

Correction: I re-watched the scene, and cannot see Jack Skellington anywhere. There are come candies that have a white skull on them, but they are just generic skeletons. There's also some orange lollipops with a white face on them that looks similar to Jack's face, but, again, it's just a generic Jack-O-Lantern face.

Corrected entry: When Charlie's grandfather gives him money so he can buy another Wonka bar, the coin changes position in his hand between shots as the camera cuts from Charlie's POV to his grandfather's. The "heads" side faces Charlie first, but then it's facing his grandfather when the camera switches. Unless it's a two-headed (and therefore fake) coin, that's impossible.

Correction: It looks like the head on the coin moves from being straight up to being sideways, but the shot is always from Charlie's angle, not Grandpa Joe's so there is no way to tell if it is a two headed coin or not.

Corrected entry: Veruca's lollipop disappears when she gets into the boat.

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Correction: She had the lollipop when she first got on the boat, she could have dropped it when the boat sped up and was getting bumpy.

Corrected entry: Despite what is stated in the film, chocolate is not made from the cocoa bean. It is actually made from the cacao bean.

Brad Premium member

Correction: "Cacao bean" may be the scientific term, but "cocoa bean" is an accepted synonym.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Mike, Mr. Teavee, Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Willy Wonka first enter the Great Glass Elevator, there are buttons on all sides except the door. However, almost every time we see the Great Glass Elevator from then onwards, there are buttons only on the back wall.

Correction: There are only buttons on the back wall. It looks that there are numerous buttons because of reflections.

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Corrected entry: In the beginning sequence of the movie, while the camera is flying over the conveyor belt it shows a bunch of fans that are used to cool the chocolate enough to be picked up without falling apart. The fans that are used to do this are upside down. The air flow created from such a fan would blow up, not down, thus not blowing any air on the chocolate. This is apparent when the camera angle is parallel to the blades.

Correction: The inverted fans are not used to "cool down" the chocolate, but rather they are "pulling" the warm air AWAY from the chocolate bars. If you place several powerful fans facing the chocolate, it would be blowing hard enough to cause the not-yet-solid chocolate bars to all be misshaped.


Corrected entry: At the chocolate castle, when it begins to melt on the Prince, there is a purple umbrella next his chair, when the shot changes the umbrella is gone.

Correction: I seen the movie a million times and there is no umbrella.

Corrected entry: In the scene when they are in the elevator they are falling onto the sides of it, yet no more buttons are being pushed in doing so.


Correction: This is because they only fall against the sides, and the sides have no buttons, which reveals an alternate mistake, because when we first saw the elevator there WERE buttons on the sides, but from then onwards (inculding when the passengers slam up against the walls) the buttons have disappeared from the sides, therefore making it impossible for them to press any.

Factual error: In the scene in the glass elevator, when Mike Teavee wants to push a button, he presses the TV Room button. The elevator stops going down and immediately moves horizontally. The characters within the elevator are thrown against the wall from the sudden change. However, they are thrown against the wall that is in the direction the elevator is now moving, instead of the opposite wall as they should have been. (01:20:15)

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Grandpa Joe: Mr. Wonka, I don't know if you remember me, but I used to work here in the factory.
Willy Wonka: Were you one of those despicable spies who everyday tried to steal my life's work and sell it to those parasitic copycat candy making cads?
Grandpa Joe: No, sir.
Willy Wonka: Then wonderful, welcome back.

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Trivia: The many Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are all played by the same man - Deep Roy. They used CGI to duplicate him. He would do a ton of different dance moves so when it's all put together, it would look like there were a bunch of different Oompa Loompas.

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