Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Poster


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Nestlé provided 1,850 bars of real chocolate.
Forty squirrels were trained for the scene where they pounce upon the character Veruca Salt.
The lollipops on the trees, the giant pink sugar canes, and the giant humbugs were real candy.
To his surprise, Deep Roy played every Oompa-Loompa himself, repeating the same movements several hundred times. While these were then put together digitally, each Oompa-Loompa represents a separate performance by Roy. In recognition of this, Roy's salary was raised to $1,000,000.
Charlie's father works at a toothpaste factory which makes Smilex toothpaste. Smilex is the name of the products concocted by the Joker in Batman (1989), also directed by Tim Burton.
Some of the buttons in the Glass elevator:
  • Incompetent Fools,

  • T-Bone Steak Jell-O,

  • Secretarial Poodles,

  • Cocoa Cats,

  • Mechanical Clouds,

  • Stars in their Pies,

  • Nice Plums,

  • Up And Out,

  • Fragile Eggs,

  • Black Box of Frogs,

  • Weird Lollipops,

  • Mighty Jam Monitor,

  • Creative Dog Flip,

  • Elastic Forest,

  • Leaky Canes,

  • Dessert Island,

  • Pie Cream,

  • Spewed Vegetables,

  • Naffy Taffy,

  • Lickety Split Peas,

  • Honeycombs and Brushes,

  • Old Sneezes and Smells Dept.

  • Television Room,

  • Whizzdoodles,

  • Chocolate Lip Rookies,

  • Blackberry Sausages,

  • Yankee Doodles,

  • Orange Egg Flip,

  • Root Beer Goggles,

  • Pastry Room,

  • Heart Shaped Lungs,

  • Projection Room

Johnny Depp once stated in an interview that he based his Wonka performance on how he imagined George W. Bush would act while stoned.
The lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie were written by Roald Dahl himself.
Dr. Wonka tells young Willy that some people are allergic to chocolate to discourage him from eating any candy. As a child, Johnny Depp was allergic to chocolate.
Screenwriter John August had never even seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) when asked by Tim Burton to write the script. After finishing the screenplay, he finally watched the 1971 version, only to be surprised at how much darker the "family" film was compared to his own.
Willy Wonka's colorful cane is actually filled with Nerds candy, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand.
Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's performance in Finding Neverland (2004) that he recommended that Tim Burton observe him for the role of Charlie Bucket.
Quite a lot of the chocolate things such as trees, flowers etc featured in the movie were created by chocolate shop Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton, UK. The shop displayed and sold some of the creations in the shop after the release of the film.
AnnaSophia Robb says she got a lot of jaw cramps, while chewing her gum. Her dad also told her to not smack her gum, but the filmmakers told her otherwise.
In the same room as the machine that makes the "three-course meal" gum, there are large rotating drums that look like bowls filled with colored balls. These are real machines that make large jawbreakers, or Gobstoppers, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand.
The film was one of the many projects that was produced by Plan B Productions, the film production company that actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston formed during their marriage. It was the last production produced before they filed for divorce.
The singing voice of the Oompa-Loompas belongs to that of Danny Elfman who overdubbed himself dozens of times.
In Charlie's bedroom, there are wrappers of every Wonka bar he has ever eaten on the wall.
This movie is the fifth Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration in 15 years.
The voice for Willy Wonka was first conceived after being tried out on Johnny Depp's own daughter. She liked it.
In early 2003, Gregory Peck was offered the role of Grandpa Joe. He told Warner Bros. he'd consider it. He died before he could give them an answer. His family have said in interviews that he only told them that as he didn't want to seem desperate and take a big pay cut, he was really looking forward to playing Grandpa Joe.
Willy Wonka's boat would eventually float on chocolate. It took 20 weeks to build.
Roald Dahl was well-known when he was alive for hating greedy children, spoiled children, ignorant children and televisions. This provided him with a basis for Augustus, Verruca, Violet and Mike.
Each Oompa Loompa song is in the style of a different musical era. Additionally, Willy's comment for each song is a phrase from the corresponding era:
  • Augustus Gloop - Broadway Musical ("Bravo! Well done. Aren't they delightful? Aren't they charming?" clapping and praises like what people say after a show)

  • Violet Beauregard - Disco ("Come on - let's boogie!")

  • Veruca Salt - Psychadelic ("Well, let's keep on truckin'")

  • Mike Teevee - Rock ("On with the tour!", in reference to the plethora of rock concert tours)

110,000 plastic bars were made and wrapped in Nestlé wrappers.
The location of Wonka's factory in the movie is ambiguous, and designed to look like a cross between UK and USA (i.e. having London architecture, street layouts and accents, but American clothing styles, and having American mailboxes and fire hydrants as well as American terminology).
When the obnoxious Veruca Salt introduces herself, Willy Wonka says, "I always thought a verruca was a type of wart ..." In fact, "Verruca plantaris" is a painful wart caused by the human papillomavirus and occurs on the sole or toes of the foot.
206,563.48 US gallons (781,927.83 litres) of fake chocolate were made for the river area while 38,430.42 US gallons (145,474.96 litres) of it were made for the waterfall. The grand total of all the fake chocolate used on stage was 244,993.98 US gallons (927,403.1 litres).
The UPC on the giant chocolate bar to be sent by television is 034000190003, which is the UPC for 7oz Hershey's milk chocolate candy bars. The Willy Wonka Candy Company is a brand of Nestlé, one of Hershey's biggest competitors.
Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie (the first being Chocolat (2000)). Depp doesn't like the taste of good chocolate - he prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type.
Peter Ustinov was offered the role of Grandpa Joe but died before he could give the producers his answer.
To audition for the part of the Oompa-Loompas, Deep Roy danced and lip-synced to the song "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones, not knowing that Burton had used the song in Mars Attacks! (1996).
The film for the most part ignores the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and the only similarity is that the other 4 children bring one parent apiece with them to the factory unlike the book where it was both parents.
In the TV room scene, the movie that the chocolate bar was teleported into is implied to be Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The monkeys' behavior towards the chocolate bar is a remake of the first scenes of the film; and the film's theme music was also used in that scene.
Violet's scene where she blows up into a blueberry was shot by digitally creating the inflated body, then adding in a live action shot of AnnaSophia Robb on a tilting machine.
Johnny Depp used game show hosts as well as children's television hosts, such as Fred Rogers, as his inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka. He also said in interviews that Willy Wonka would be "part Howard Hughes-reclusive, part 1970s glamorous rock star".
Having had such trouble in casting Grandpa Joe - Tim Burton offered the part to David Kelly when the two first met when Kelly was visiting Pinewood studios for a wardrobe fitting on another movie. Kelly said the whole process took 3 minutes.
A camera lens wasn't properly secured when trying to get a shot of a vat of chocolate. As a result, the lens fell into the vat, which destroyed it.
AnnaSophia Robb wore prosthetics in the blueberry transformation scene, causing her face to swell up to twice its normal size.
When Willy Wonka opens his factory for the first time, he cuts a ribbon with scissors. He then turns around and opens his arms, looking like one hand is made of scissors. A reference to Edward Scissorhands (1990).
Upon the film's release, Violet Beauregarde's blueberry transformation sequence became so popular that it earned its own online fan community.
Johnny Depp always cited one of his favorite actors of all time to be Marlon Brando, who died during the filming of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Brando was well known for his tendency to mumble when delivering lines. The scene where Wonka shouts "Mumbler!" at Mike Teavee is a possible commemoration of Brando.
Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee also worked together in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).
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While going down the chocolate river, the boat falls down into an area, you can see on the far left of the screen there is a room titled "Deep Room" next to the chocolate falls.
Martin Scorsese, Rob Minkoff, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson and Gary Ross were all at one point either seriously considered or attached to direct.
As mentioned earlier, the country where the Chocolate Factory is located is an ambiguous cross between America and the UK. This is even carried through to the money. When Charlie finds the 10 "dollar" bill that he uses to purchase the winning bar, is a fairly obvious that it's a cross between a British Pound note and a U.S. dollar note.
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The book sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator has never been made into a film; Roald Dahl denied the rights after his profound disappointment with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
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Originally the production crew wanted to do Violet's blueberry transformation on stage, but Tim Burton stepped in and said it should be done digitally.
Richard Attenborough, Kirk Douglas, Albert Finney, Richard Griffiths, Anthony Hopkins, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Paul Newman, Max Von Sydow , and David Warner were all considered for the role of Grandpa Joe. Liccy Dahl actually wanted Christopher Lloyd for the part.
Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore worked together in 2004 on "Finding Neverland."
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Tim Allen, Dan Castellaneta, James Belushi, Bob Saget, Kurtwood Smith, Ray Romano, Ed O'Neill and others who are famous for playing TV Dads were considered for the role of Mr. Teavee.
Prince Pondicherry is named after a city in India.
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Liccy Dahl originally wanted Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Lloyd to play Willy Wonka and Grandpa Joe respectively.
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Cocoa beans are actually very bitter. Sugar and other things have to be added before they taste like chocolate.
A scene from "Psycho" is featured in the movie, Freddie Highmore later starred as Norman Bates in "Bates Motel"
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Sam Neill was considered for the role of Mr. Salt.
Deep Roy is a self-proclaimed terrible singer and dancer. He learned how to dance for the film, but he did not do his own singing.
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Eli Wallach, Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins were all considered for the role of Grandpa Joe.
Scott Frank did two drafts of the script then left the project.
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Director Trademark 

Tim Burton:  [black and white stripes]  Found on the sleeves of the Oompa Loompa swimsuits during the Augustus Gloop song.
Tim Burton:  [distorted female face]  When Violet turns into a blueberry, her face discolors and her cheeks puff up.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Liz Smith, who plays Grandma Georgina, stated in an interview on AskMen.com that she read the scripts for both of the grandmothers and picked the one that got to kiss Johnny Depp ("and it was lovely").
The flash-back about Willy Wonka's childhood and his being obliged to wear a huge dental brace are not from the original book. The brace is a reference to Tim Burton's own childhood.
The role of Doctor Wilbur Wonka (Christopher Lee) was written specifically for the film to give the character of Willy Wonka a bit of a family history.
In the very last scene where Willy talks to a shrink, the Doctor's name-tag on the desk is " Dr P Sarrosy " - an homage to famed cinematographer Paul Sarossy.

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