To his surprise, Deep Roy played every Oompa Loompa, 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 million.
Dr. Wonka (Sir Christopher Lee) tells young Willy (Blair Dunlop) 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.
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 after the release of this movie.
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" movie was compared to his own.
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.
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.
Liz Smith (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).
During pre-production, director Tim Burton visited Roald Dahl's former house 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.
The location of Willy Wonka's factory in this 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.
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.
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).
This movie was one of the many projects that was produced by Plan B Productions, the production company that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston formed during their marriage. It was the last production produced before they filed for divorce.
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 this movie, saying it was not a remake of the 1971 movie, but a new adaptation of the book.
Julie Dawn Cole (the original Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)) went and saw a preview of this movie with her then twelve-year-old son. After they walked out of the theater, she asked him what he thought of the movie, and he reportedly said "Mum, it's much better than yours."
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.
In the television room scene, the movie into which the chocolate bar is teleported 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 movie, and the movie's theme music was also used in that scene.
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 of the fake chocolate used on-stage was 244,993.98 U.S. gallons (927,403.1 liters).
Rowan Atkinson, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Robert De Niro, Eric Idle, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Adam Sandler, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, Michael Palin, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, and Robin Williams were 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.
Having had such trouble in casting Grandpa Joe, director 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, unaware of the fact that director Tim Burton had used the song in Mars Attacks! (1996).
This movie, for the most part, ignores 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.
Rather than rely on CGI, Tim Burton wanted the forty squirrels in the Nut Room to be real. The animals were trained everyday for ten weeks before filming commenced. They began their coaching while newborns, fed by bottles to form relationships with human trainers. The squirrels were 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.
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, and Tim Burton directed.
The UPC on the giant chocolate bar which was sent by television was 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.
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.
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."
When Mike Teavee is teleported into the television, the scene from Psycho (1960) in which Norman Bates attacks Marion Crane is re-enacted. Freddie Highmore starred as Norman Bates in Bates Motel (2013).
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 movie adaptation. Depp said regardless of the first movie, Gene Wilder's characterization of Willy Wonka stood out as a unique portrayal.
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 Mahal, a tomb for the emperor's favorite wife in India that was once covered with camouflage in World War II out of fear of Japanese bombing.
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, and that otherwise, he would be "just a weird guy". The element of an estranged father-son relationship previously appeared in Big Fish (2003).
Director Tim Burton avoided using too many digital effects because he wanted the younger actors and actresses 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 graphics imagery.
Tim Burton compared the project's languishing development to Batman (1989), and how there had been varied creative efforts with both movies. He stated "Scott Frank's version was the best, probably the clearest, and the most interesting, but they abandoned that." Liccy Dahl commented that Burton was the first and only director with whom the estate was happy. Burton had produced another of Roald Dahl's adaptations with James And The Giant Peach (1996), and like Roald and Liccy, he also disliked the 1971 movie, because it strayed from the book's storyline.
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 could appear to be a commemoration of Brando but is in fact lifted straight from the original book
A practical method was considered for the scene in which Violet Beauregarde turns blue and swells up into a giant ten foot 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 computer graphics imagery (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 production, any traces of Violet's blueberry scene were omitted from trailers or promotional material.
After Veruca falls down to the incinerator, Wonka reassures the group by saying it is only lit on Tuesdays, to which Mike Teavee comments that "Today is Tuesday". The factory tour commenced on February 1, and that day in 2005 was a Tuesday.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Tim Burton): (black 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 or the suit worn by Beetlejuice, also by Tim Burton
After Veruca falls down the garbage chute, Mr. Wonka assures the group that they only light the incinerator on Tuesdays. Mike Teavee reminds him that today is Tuesday. In the novel, the tour occurs on the same day in which every event in the sequel "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" occurs. According to the former, the tour happens on the first of February. In the latter, Mr. Wonka states that it's 1972. February 1, 1972 was a Tuesday.
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.
As mentioned earlier, the country in which 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.
The children at the tour: Augustus Gloop is phlegmatic (a glutton who doesn't care much for anything not related to candy), Violet Beauregarde is choleric (a hot-tempered brat determined to get everything she wants), Veruca Salt and Charlie Bucket are both sanguine (the former prideful and open to challenges, the latter polite and kind to everyone he meets), and Mike Teavee is melancholic (a critical introvert who doesn't care much for anything non-technology).
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Tim Burton): (black and white stripes): Found on the sleeves of the Oompa Loompa swimsuits during the Augustus Gloop song, and the black-and-white striped candy in the main candy room.
In the novel, Mr. Wonka tells Charlie he's won the factory while they're flying in the Great Glass Elevator, and in order to ensure that the boy's other grandparents won't have to get out of their bed -- which won't fit through the shack's door but will fit in the elevator -- to move there, he crashes it into the shack to pick the family up. In this adaptation, Mr. Wonka doesn't break the news that Charlie's won the factory to anyone until after he's crashed the elevator into the shack, and to make matters worse he doesn't intend to take anyone but Charlie back to the factory, so this just makes him look like an even bigger jerk.
Wonka's throne is the same one used by The Joker during the parade scene. Johnny Depp holding a very large pair of scissors for the ribbon-cutting of the factory looks familiar too. Mr. Wonka introduces himself to the tour group by Waxing Lyrical: "Good morning, sunshine! The Earth says... Hello!" Mr. Wonka's demonstration of the teleporter is this to 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with The Monolith and "Also sprach Zarathustra". The five musical numbers each provide shout-outs to something or other in their styles and/or visuals. "Wonka's Welcome Song" = "It's a Small World" (although it can also be interpreted as a Take That! at the cornier songs in the 1971 film adaptation of this novel, i.e. "The Candy Man") "Augustus Gloop" = Bollywood and Esther Williams musicals "Violet Beauregarde" = The Jackson 5 song "Dancing Machine" "Veruca Salt" = The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Mike Teavee" = Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" The score for the "Loompa Land" scene, most notably the "Hoo Haa!" chanting, recalls Danny Elfman's own score from Forbidden Zone. It's very, very brief, but when the Oompa-Loompa in the TV Room that's seated in front of the TV first changes the channel, you can hear a brief snippet of the Macarena. When Mike's dad rescues the now-miniaturized boy from the TV set: "Help me! Help me!" (It's actually the second time Burton has used that gag.) Rather appropriate to reference another famous pop culture Teleporter Accident, that!
Slugworth is only seen in a flashback narrated by Grandpa Joe, but seems to be a genuine rival spy this time, and it is because of his actions that Wonka's paranoia gets the better of him and makes him fire all of his employees, including Joe himself
When everyone is entering the factory, Wonka seems to have trouble saying the word "parents", which at first one might just assume is part of his eccentricity. It turns out to be a big plot point -- what with his father issues and all.
The gates from Willy Wonka's Factory were offered after filming to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. However due to their sheer size they had to turn this offer down. Warner Brothers therefore commissioned a smaller set of replica gates to be made and donated for the museum to use.