Your childhood was probably never the same after watching this extraordinary classic. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory released on June 30, 1971, in the USA was every child’s dream. This immense factory full of sweets was hypnotising for all the children who fell in love with the movie, but adults, too. Directed by Mel Stuart, this classic is celebrating 45 years of its first release this year! To celebrate this, here are the best secrets that this movie hides.
1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The absolute favourite book of my childhood. It’s such a great book to develop your imagination! I highly recommend it.
2. The author Roald was so unhappy with how the movie portrayed his book that he refused to give up the rights to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
It is reported that Roald actually never saw the entire film because he hated it so much. However, some sources claim that he attended the premiere and was always happy while on set.
3. Gene Wilder only agreed to play Willy Wonka on one condition.
He wanted to do the scene where he walks out of the factory using a cane, and after the cane gets stuck, he falls forward and does a somersault.
4. One of the actors playing an Oompa Loompa supposedly believed he was the one steering the Wonkatania.
But, in fact, it was on a set of tracks. However, the director didn’t want anyone to know so it would look as believable as possible.
5. The kids each earned about $500 a week for nine weeks of filming. They still occasionally receive residual checks when the movie airs on TV.
Of course, in 1971, that was a LOT of money. And these children were lucky.
6. Most of the “candy” on set was just props. Except for the real candies that the kids were eating.
What a disappointment for the kids acting in the movie!
7. The chocolate river was made of 150,000 gallons of water, real chocolate, and cream.
By the end of filming, the cream started to spoil, and the smell was unbearable.
8. The foam during the scene with the “Wonka wash” is what you can find in fire extinguishers.
Sadly, they didn’t know until after, that it was a skin irritant. Many people had to receive medical treatment after they came in contact with it.
9. Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, dropped herself onto a rock that she thought was fake and her leg started to bleed.
As you can see, her stocking is covered in blood.
10. Even though she was told not to, Julie took home a Golden Ticket, a Willy Wonka candy wrapper, and an Everlasting Gobstopper after the movie wrapped.
Can you blame her?
11. Most of the Wonka Bars were actually made of wood.
Another terrible disappointment.
12. Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie, went through puberty during filming.
In the start of the movie, his voice is much higher than it is at the end. Amazing!
13. Peter never appeared in another movie after this one, and he even turned down some big roles.
Instead, he said he didn’t want acting to be his profession and actually went on to be a veterinarian instead.
This is what he looks like nowadays. A successful veterinarian!
14. The film’s copyright was initially held by the Quaker Oats company.
They were coming out with a line of sweet cereals and thought this would be a good way to promote it. And they were right.
15. The movie was originally considered to be a flop at the box office, as it only made $4 million.
Michael Bollner, who plays Augustus Gloop, didn’t even know he was famous until years later.