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Nestlé provided 1,850 bars of real chocolate.
Forty squirrels were trained for the scene where they pounce upon 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 one million dollars.
Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's performance in Finding Neverland (2004), that he recommended Tim Burton observe him for the role of Charlie Bucket.
Willy Wonka's colorful cane is actually filled with Nerds candy, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand.
Charlie's father works at a toothpaste factory which produces Smilex toothpaste. "Smylex" is also the name of the poisonous gas concocted by The Joker in Batman (1989), also directed by Tim Burton.
Each Oompa Loompa song is in the style of a different musical era. Additionally, Willy Wonka'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).
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 lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie, were written by Roald Dahl.
Johnny Depp once stated in an interview, that he based his Willy Wonka performance on how he imagined former U.S. President George W. Bush would act while stoned.
Some of the buttons in the Glass elevator include: 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 Department, Television Room, Whizzdoodles, Chocolate Lip Rookies, Blackberry Sausages, Yankee Doodles, Orange Egg Flip, Root Beer Goggles, Pastry Room, Heart Shaped Lungs, and Projection Room.
Dr. Wonka (Christopher Lee) tells young Willy that some people are allergic to chocolate to discourage him from eating any candy. As a child, Johnny Depp (older Willy) was allergic to chocolate.
The singing voice of the Oompa-Loompas belongs to that of Danny Elfman, who overdubbed himself dozens of times.
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.
This movie is the fifth Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration in fifteen years.
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.
Quite a lot of the chocolate things such as trees, flowers, et cetera, featured in the movie, were created by chocolate shop Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton, England. The shop displayed, and sold some of the creations in the shop, after the release of the film.
AnnaSophia Robb (Violet Beauregarde) says she received 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 Charlie's bedroom, there are wrappers of every Wonka bar he has ever eaten on the wall.
The voice for Willy Wonka was first tried out on Johnny Depp's own daughter. She liked it.
110,000 plastic bars were made and wrapped in Nestlé wrappers.
In early 2003, Gregory Peck was offered the role of Grandpa Joe. He told Warner Brothers he would consider it, but he passed away before he could give them an answer. Peck's family has said in interviews, that he only told them that, as he did not want to seem desperate, and take a big pay cut, he was really looking forward to playing Grandpa Joe.
The film was one of the many projects that was produced by Plan B Productions, the film production company that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston formed during their marriage. It was the last production produced, before they filed for divorce.
Willy Wonka's boat would eventually float on chocolate. It took twenty weeks to build.
The location of Willy Wonka's factory in the movie is ambiguous, and it is designed to look like a cross between the U.K. and the U.S. (for example, having London architecture, street layouts, and accents, but having American clothing styles, American mailboxes, and fire hydrants, and American terminology). Another similarity, is that Charlie and his parents speak with an English accent.
206,563.48 U.S. gallons (781,927.83 liters) of fake chocolate were made for the river area, while 38,430.42 U.S. gallons (145,474.96 liters) of it were made for the waterfall. The grand total of all the fake chocolate used on stage was 244,993.98 U.S. gallons (927,403.1 liters).
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.
The UPC on the giant chocolate bar to be sent by television is 034000190003, which is the UPC for seven ounce (198.4 grams) Hershey's milk chocolate candy bars. The Willy Wonka Candy Company is a brand of Nestlé, one of Hershey's biggest competitors.
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.
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 three minutes.
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 four children bring one parent apiece with them to the factory, unlike the book, where it was both parents.
Peter Ustinov was offered the role of Grandpa Joe, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer.
Johnny Depp does not like the taste of "good" chocolate. He prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type.
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. This is a reference to Edward Scissorhands (1990), in which Johnny Depp also starred.
Upon the film's release, Violet Beauregarde's blueberry transformation sequence became so popular, that it earned its own online fan community.
In the television room scene, the movie that the chocolate bar was teleported into is implied to be 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The ape's behavior towards the chocolate bar, is a remake of the first scene of the film, and the film's theme music was also used in that scene.
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 1970's glamorous rock star."
A camera lens was not 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.
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).
AnnaSophia Robb wore prosthetics in the blueberry transformation scene, causing her face to swell up to twice its normal size.
This is Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie, with the first being Chocolat (2000).
As mentioned earlier, the country where the Chocolate Factory is located is an ambiguous cross between the U.S. and England. This is even carried through to the money. When Charlie finds the ten "dollar" bill that he uses to purchase the winning bar, is a fairly obvious that it is a cross between a British Pound note and a U.S. dollar note. It is also noted, that when Charlie finds the last Golden Ticket, he is offered one hundred dollars for it.
A scene from Psycho (1960) is featured in this movie. Freddie Highmore starred as Norman Bates in the television series, Bates Motel (2013).
Prince Pondicherry is named after a city in India.
During production, Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, accused the filmmakers of only remaking the 1971 film for the purpose of money. Johnny Depp defended the film, saying it was not a remake of the 1971 film, but a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1964 book.
Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore also worked together on Finding Neverland (2004).
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 (2005). 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 stated that he had based his appearance on the costumes on a Marilyn Manson's album "The Golden Age of Grotesque".
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Julie Dawn Cole (the original Veruca Salt from the 1971 film) went and saw a preview of the film with her then 12 year old son. After they walked out of the theater she asked him what he thought of the film and he reportedly said "Mum, it's much better than yours".
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The last Warner Bros. film to be released on VHS.
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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.
Johnny Depp and Sir Christopher Lee also worked together in Corpse Bride (2005) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).
Unlike the 1971 chocolate river, Tim Burton wanted this river to be thick, like real chocolate.
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.
Liccy Dahl originally wanted Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Lloyd to play Willy Wonka and Grandpa Joe, respectively.
Martin Scorsese, Rob Minkoff, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson, and Gary Ross were all at one point either seriously considered or attached to direct.
First collaboration between Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton.
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While going down the chocolate river, the boat falls down into an area and, on the far left of the screen, there is a room titled "Deep Room" next to the chocolate falls.
Tim Allen, Dan Castellaneta, James Belushi, Bob Saget, Kurtwood Smith, Ray Romano, Ed O'Neill, and others, who are famous for playing dads on television, were considered for the role of Mr. Teavee.
Cocoa beans are actually very bitter. Sugar and other ingredients have to be added before they taste like chocolate.
Sam Neill was considered for the role of Mr. Salt.
Eli Wallach, Sir Richard Attenborough, and Sir Anthony Hopkins were all considered for the role of Grandpa Joe.
First collaboration between Johnny Depp, Sir Christopher Lee, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton.
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Taylor Momsen auditioned for the role of Violet Beauregarde, but was deemed to be too beautiful, glamours, and cute to play a lippy, arrogant, and rude tomboy.
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Scott Frank did two drafts of the script, then left the project.
Denise Nickerson, who first portrayed Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), had played Amy Jennings on the television series Dark Shadows (1966). Johnny Depp, who portrayed Willy Wonka in this film, starred as Barnabas Collins in the film version of Dark Shadows (2012).
Out of the five Golden Tickets found, four out of the five children find it on their own (Veruca's father finds one for her).
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When Prince Pondicherry's chocolate palace begins to melt in the hot sun, the first drop lands on his forehead in the position and shape of a bindi, a dot that is worn by both men and women as a symbol of their religion, social cast and marital status. Other names for the dot are tilak, tika, pottue, sindoor, tilakam and kumkum. The palace is also in the shape of the Taj Majel, a symbol of excessive expenditure in India that was once covered with camouflage in WWII out of fear of Japanese bombing.
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The producers sought out new actors for the roles of the four "brats." This was the first screen credit for three of them, and the second for AnnaSophia Robb.
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When in the factory, Mr. Teavee comments that Willy Wonka is "a few quarters short of a buck", which Mr. Salt quips that he doesn't "speak American." Ironically, Adam Godley, who portrays Mr. Teavee, is English.
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Tim Burton: ck 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.


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," she recalled).
The flashback 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 (Sir 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 nametag on the desk is "Dr. P. Sarrosy," an homage to famed Cinematographer Paul Sarossy.
The movie playing in the television room is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). It is the part when the apes see the Monolith.
This is the first of three films, in which Tim Burton has cast someone from the English soap Eastenders (1985). In this film, Nitin Ganatra plays Prince Pondicherry, and also plays Masood Ahmed on Eastenders. The other two are Alice In Wonderland (2010), and Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016), which star Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell. Tim Burton is a fan of the soap.
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