One of Roald Dahl’s greatest works is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, there have been a total of three movies influenced by this book. It has created so many great memories that nobody will ever forget in this world of pure imagination and sweet cinematic art. However, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory has faced its fair share of controversies from the books and movies that Warner Bros would prefer you to ignore. Let’s delve into it; here are the ten things that Warner Bros would like you to forget about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
10. Michael Jackson was going to be involved in the 2005 movie
Ahhh, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop and one of the most talented and famous musicians on the planet. When Michael Jackson learned Warner Bros. was going to make a new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie in 2005, Jackson wanted to be a part of the movie. In fact, he apparently recorded a soundtrack for the movie to surprise and convince the executives to allow him to participate.
Michael Jackson had one condition if his soundtrack was going to be involved – that he would get the role of Willy Wonka in the movie. No seriously, that was his only condition, but Tim Burton was set on having Johnny Depp take the role. The counteroffer was to have Jackson get a small supporting role and pay an exorbitant sum for the soundtrack. Jackson decided not to accept that and dropped out of being involved altogether.
Honestly, considering how much controversy Jackson had in the 2000s and the trials regarding his alleged child molestation abuse, it’s probably for the best that Jackson never got involved in this. But I often wonder about that soundtrack and if it will ever be released. That is the new Michael Jackson Holy Grail memorabilia/history that I would love to hear/be released to the public.
9. Roald Dahl hated the 1971 Movie
That’s right, the creator of the actual book, Roald Dahl himself, hated the original 1971 Gene Wilder movie. There wasn’t one thing that he liked about this movie. He detested Wilder’s portrayal of Willy Wonka, disliked the name change, the music, and especially loathed that the movie did not follow his book. His distain of the movie was so intense that he opposed the idea of a second movie being made. While I disagree with him – I found the movie to be awesome – it’s worth acknowledging that the best version of the movie was despised by the man who wrote the book and created this world of pure imagination and its something that Warner Bros would like you to forget about.
8. The Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie
Mashups are often intriguing, especially when they involve properties owned by a company. Warner Bros attempted to fuse Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the Tom and Jerry cartoon. For those unfamiliar, Tom and Jerry is a classic cartoon centered around the ongoing chase between a hapless cat (Tom) and a clever mouse (Jerry). This mashup had potential, but sadly, it felt like a quick money grab by Warner Bros. The movie lacked the effort needed to make it an enjoyable watch. Even the trailer received mostly negative feedback. Upon watching it, I found the execution quite disappointing and frankly, it came off as absurd. Visually, it appeared odd in many parts. Overall, the mashup simply didn’t succeed, and it’s a pity. Warner Bros would prefer audiences to forget that this attempt was ever made
7. Denise Nickerson’s face still had issues with her makeup when shooting ended
Denise Nickerson portrayed the role of Violet Beauregarde splendidly, especially in capturing the essence of the gum-chewing, spoiled character. The iconic moment when Violet turns into a blueberry remains a standout scene, with the memorable line, ‘Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!’ being a comedic highlight that still resonates today.
However, what Warner Bros would prefer audiences to forget about that scene is the difficulty Nickerson faced with the blue makeup. It was challenging to remove, especially with her sweating, leaving her with a blue face for several days. Adding to the trouble, Nickerson was bullied and teased when she returned to school. Her peers kept remarking that she was turning blue or violet, ironically echoing the movie line. It was unfortunate that the makeup couldn’t be removed in time for Nickerson’s return to school, causing her a bit of distress. However that’s not the only issue that happened on set as….
6. The Foam Scene injured the actors
When Mike Teavee and Charlie Bucket become the final two kids, Willy Wonka decides to take the group to the TV room using the Wonkamobile. Activating it causes foam to spread all over the place, covering every single person. It’s a fun scene, with details of Charlie and Joe enjoying it, Willy Wonka singing, and Mike Teevee and his mom displaying disgust.
However, a major issue arose because the foam used was actually from fire extinguishers. This type of foam isn’t suitable for the skin and resulted in gross rashes and blisters on every person in the scene. Consequently, filming had to be delayed, causing significant problems. On a serious note, using fire extinguisher foam instead of actual soap was a poor decision. Safety is paramount, and it’s regrettable that in the 1971 version, safety precautions were disregarded
5. The hidden meaning of Snozzberries
Well, now this is super weird. The 1971 movie adaptation of ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ presents a curious scene where Willy Wonka introduces his lickable wallpaper, showcasing various flavors. In this moment while the kids and parents lick the wallpaper, Wonka exclaims, ‘Lick an orange. It tastes like an orange. The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!’
Surprisingly, snozzberries, which seem like a whimsical candy name, has a different meaning and yeah its pretty messed up. In Roald Dahl’s book ‘Uncle Oswald,’ the term is used extensively and humorously defined as a euphemism for penises. Which yeah, is something that is very inappropriate to put in a kids book. Apparently, Dahl decided to slip dirty humor into a kid’s book for his private amusement, but yeah Warner Bros would like you to think of it as a made up candy world in a fantasy, instead of a NSFW euphemism.
4. Hugh Grant hated playing the role of Oompa Loompa’s in the 2023 movie
In the new Wonka movie, Hugh Grant takes on the role of the Oompa Loompas, delivering a solid performance. However, Warner Bros would prefer audiences to forget that Grant openly expressed his dislike for playing the role. He compared the filming process to a ‘crown of thorns’ and admitted, ‘I couldn’t have hated the whole thing more. I did not know whether to ‘act with my body or not, and I never received a satisfactory answer… What I did with my body was terrible, and it’s all been replaced with an animator.’
Grant’s candid remarks came at an awkward time, just weeks before the movie’s release. His comments not only revealed his dissatisfaction with the role but also put Warner Bros in an unfavorable light. Despite this, Warner Bros aims to divert attention from Grant’s negative experiences in the role and focus on his commendable performance.
3. That Hidden Nazi Reference
Oh boy, you know it’s never a good thing when the Nazis are involved in a children’s movie. Surprisingly, in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there’s a reference to a Nazi figure. It occurred during a Paraguayan newscast announcing that a multi-millionaire named Alberto Minoletta had found the fifth and final Golden Ticket (later revealed to be a counterfeit). In the broadcast, they held up a photo that, in real life, was that of Martin Bormann.
Martin Bormann was a prominent figure in the German Nazi Party and once headed the Nazi Party Chancellery. Notably, he served as Adolf Hitler’s private secretary, holding a high position within the Nazi Party. The joke essentially made a reference to Nazism, especially considering the rumors that Bormann fled to Paraguay after World War II.
This inclusion of a Nazi reference in a children’s movie is problematic, and it’s surprising that this joke remains part of the movie, even in TV broadcasts. Warner Bros would likely prefer viewers to focus on the central story of what this discovery means for Charlie in the movie rather than dwelling on this disturbing hidden reference.
2. Gene Wilder Hated the 2005 Movie that Warner Bros Made
There’s a wide range of opinions about the 2005 movie Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Some loved it, while others absolutely despised it. Surprisingly, one person who wasn’t a fan of the film was Gene Wilder himself. As a quick reminder, Wilder portrayed Willy Wonka in the 1971 adaptation and openly criticized the newer film. He referred to it as a ‘Warner Brothers Insult’ and expressed his dislike for both the director, Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp, saying, ‘He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did in that movie.’ These comments, especially coming from the actor who defined the Willy Wonka role, are significant. Given his public disapproval of Warner Bros and the film, it’s definitely something they’d prefer audiences to forget about.
1.The Original Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Of course its this, of course it is the fact that the original Oompa Loompas was going to be a much more racial stereotype as an African Pygmy tribe and were basically showcased as slaves of Willy Wonka. No seriously this was going to be the original book.
In the initial drafts and early editions of Roald Dahl’s book, these characters were presented as an African Pygmy tribe, essentially depicted as slaves to Willy Wonka. The book’s first edition even mentions Wonka importing them from ‘the deepest and darkest part of the African Jungle where no white man had ever been before,’ incorporating troubling racial stereotypes.
This portrayal understandably drew significant criticism, including from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), raising concerns about the upcoming movie adaptation and the current book as well. However, the film took a different approach, presenting the Oompa Loompas in a more appropriate manner. Notably, Dahl himself expressed remorse and made alterations in the 1973 book edition, showing sensitivity towards the issue. Warner Bros would rather this problematic and racially insensitive original portrayal be forgotten
So, those are the 10 Things Warner Bros would like you to forget about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Do you agree? What would your list be? Let me know in the comment section on what your list would be and don’t forget to give the article a like.