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Nestlé provided 1,850 bars of real chocolate.
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Forty squirrels were trained for the scene where they pounce upon Veruca Salt.
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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.
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The lollipops on the trees, the giant pink sugar canes, and the giant humbugs were real candy.
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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.
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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 Beauregarde, 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).
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Willy Wonka's colorful cane is actually filled with Nerds candy, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand.
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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.
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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, Veruca, Violet, and Mike.
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The singing voice of the Oompa-Loompas belongs to that of Danny Elfman, who overdubbed himself dozens of times.
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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.
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Dr. Wonka 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The lyrics to four of the five musical numbers in the movie were written by Roald Dahl.
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In Charlie's bedroom, there are wrappers of every Wonka bar he has ever eaten on the wall.
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110,000 plastic bars were made and wrapped in Nestlé wrappers.
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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.
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This movie is the fifth Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration in fifteen years.
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The voice for Willy Wonka was first tried out on Johnny Depp's own daughter. She liked it.
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Willy Wonka's boat would eventually float on chocolate. It took twenty weeks to build.
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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.
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The location of Willy Wonka's factory in the movie is ambiguous and 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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Rowan Atkinson, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Robert De Niro, Eric Idle, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, Michael Palin, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken and Robin Williamswere considered for the role of Willy Wonka. Roald Dahl's widow Liccy Dahl suggested either Dustin Hoffman, or an English comedian such as Eddie Izzard or David Walliams.
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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).
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Peter Ustinov was offered the role of Grandpa Joe, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer.
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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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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.
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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.
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Upon the film's release, Violet Beauregarde's blueberry transformation sequence became so popular, that it earned its own online fan community.
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Johnny Depp does not like the taste of "good" chocolate. He prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type.
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The last Warner Bros. film to be released on VHS.
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During production, Gene Wilder, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, accused the filmmakers of only remaking Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) 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 the book.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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AnnaSophia Robb wore prosthetics in the blueberry transformation scene, causing her face to swell up to twice its normal size.
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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. The ten "dollar" bill that Charlie uses to purchase the winning bar is a fairly obvious 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 five hundred dollars for it.
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Rather than rely on CGI, Tim Burton wanted the 40 squirrels in the Nut Room to be real. The animals were trained everyday for 10 weeks before filming commenced. They began their coaching while newborns, fed by bottles to form relationships with human trainers. The squirrels where each taught how to sit upon a little blue bar stool, tap and then open a walnut and deposit its meat onto a conveyor belt. "Utimately the scene was supplemented by CGI and animatronics but for the close-ups and the main action they're the real thing" Burton said.
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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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This is Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie, with the first being Chocolat (2000).
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During pre-production Tim Burton visited Roald Dahl's former home in the Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden. Liccy Dahl remembers Burton entering Dahl's famed writing shed and saying, "This is the Bucket's house!" and thinking to herself, "Thank God, somebody gets it". Liccy showed Burton the original handwritten manuscripts, which Burton discovered were more politically incorrect than the published book. The manuscripts included a child named Herpes after the sexually transmitted disease.
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Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore also worked together on Finding Neverland (2004). Eileen Eissel was also in Finding Neverland as a theater patron who had lost her husband.
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The filmmakers used fascist architecture for Wonka's factory exterior and designed most of the sets on 360° sound stages similar to cycloramas.
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Unlike the 1971 chocolate river, Tim Burton wanted this river to be thick, like real chocolate.
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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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Tim Burton compared the project's languishing development to Batman (1989) and how there had been varied creative efforts with both films. He stated "Scott Frank's version was the best, probably the clearest and the most interesting but they abandon that". Liccy Dahl commented that Burton was the first and only director the estate was happy with. Burton had previously produced another of Roald Dahl's adaptations with James and the Giant Peach (1996) and like Roald and Liccy he also disliked the 1971 film because it strayed from the book's storyline.
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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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Johnny Depp always cited one of his favorite actors of all time to be Marlon Brando, who died during filming. 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.
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Depp signed on without reading the script under the intention of going with a completely different approach than what Gene Wilder did in the 1971 film adaptation.[32] Depp said regardless of the original film, Gene Wilder's characterization of Willy Wonka stood out as a unique portrayal.
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Johnny Depp and Sir Christopher Lee also worked together in Corpse Bride (2005) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).
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After receiving enthusiastic approval from the Dahl Estate, Warner Bros. hired Tim Burton to direct in May 2003.
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The "TV Room" was patterned after photographs from the films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Danger: Diabolik (1968) and THX 1138 (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.
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Prince Pondicherry is named after a city in India.
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Martin Scorsese, Rob Minkoff, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson, and Gary Ross were all at one point either seriously considered or attached to direct.
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A practical method was considered for the scene in which Violet Beauregarde turns blue and swells up into a giant 10 ft blueberry. A suit with an air hose was considered at one point for the beginning of the swelling scene, before the decision was made to do the entire transformation in CGI. The visual effects house Cinesite was recruited for this assignment. In some shots of AnnaSophia Robb's head a facial prosthetic was worn to give the impression that her cheeks had swelled up as well. Because this decision was made late in the film's production, any traces of Violet's blueberry scene were omitted from trailers or promotional material.
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Tim Burton avoided using too many digital effects because he wanted the younger actors to feel as if they were working in a realistic environment, as a result forced perspective techniques, oversized props and scale models were used to avoid computer-generated imagery.
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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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Tim Burton and John August worked together in creating Wilbur Wonka, Willy's domineering dentist father. Burton thought the paternal character would help explain Willy Wonka himself and that otherwise he would be "just a weird guy". The element of an estranged father-son relationship had previously appeared in Big Fish (2003).
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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.
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This was the first collaboration between Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton.
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Tim Allen, Dan Castellaneta, Jim 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.
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Taylor Momsen auditioned for the role of Violet Beauregarde, but was deemed to be too beautiful, glamorous, and cute to play a lippy, arrogant, rude tomboy.
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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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The Wonka Factory exterior was coincidentally constructed on the same backlot Tim Burton had used for Gotham City in Batman (1989).
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The ceremonial scene required 500 local extras.
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As a consequence of British Equity rules, which state that children can only work four and a half hours a day, filming took six months, ending in December 2004.
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When Wonka first introduces himself he says "Good Morning Starshine" which is a nod to the 1967 musical Hair with a song being called that very statement.
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Cocoa beans are actually very bitter. Sugar and other ingredients have to be added before they taste like chocolate.
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Sam Neill auditioned for the role of Mr. Salt, but Tim Burton said he wanted Johnny Depp to be the only "name" actor in the movie
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Denise Nickerson, who first portrayed Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), had played Amy Jennings on Dark Shadows (1966). Johnny Depp starred as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows (2012).
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Scott Frank did two drafts of the script, then left the project.
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Tim Burton and Danny Elfman found filming somewhat difficult because they were simultaneously working on Corpse Bride (2005).
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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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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. The coin that Grandpa Joe gives Charlie to buy a Wonka bar is a U.S. silver dollar.
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Rather than use CGI, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie and the chocolate factory
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Director Trademark 

Tim Burton: ck and white stripes] In the main candy room in the Wonka Factory, the black and white striped candy could be a reference to Jack Skellington's pinstripe outfit from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) which was produced by Tim Burton.
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Tim Burton: ck and white stripes] Found on the sleeves of the Oompa Loompa swimsuits during the Augustus Gloop song.
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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," she recalled).
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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.
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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.
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When Mike TV is teleported into the television, the scene from Psycho (1960) in which Norman Bates attacks Marion Crane is re-enacted. Freddie Highmore would later go on to star as Norman Bates in Bates Motel eight years later.
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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.
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The movie playing in the television room is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). It is the part when the apes see the Monolith.
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This is the first of three films, in which Tim Burton has cast someone from EastEnders (1985). In this film, Nitin Ganatra plays Prince Pondicherry, and also plays Masood Ahmed on the soap. The other two are Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), which featured Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell. Burton is a fan of the soap.
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