Okay, so we all love Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It's a perfect movie...
Or is it?
There's something a bit sick and twisted about tearing apart your favorite movie, looking for mistakes, but that's what we're about to do. And trust me, there are plenty of goofs in Willy Wonka that you probably never noticed, like the fact that Charlie's family couldn't afford bread but they could afford a TV. Priorities, right?
If you look closely, you can see a little ring of light on Violet's hair. Wonder where that's coming from? Oh, just from the purple light above her head. They had to find a way to turn her face purple somehow.
While we're on the topic of Violet turning into a gigantic blueberry, let's talk about how she gets that way. If you're watching the movie on full screen, you may be able to see the hose that pumps air into Violet. It's only there for a second, and you probably never noticed it because you were too distracted by the expanding blueberry girl.
In the floating/burping scene in Willy Wonka, you can make out the wires hoisting Charlie and Grandpa up. But only look for them if you want to ruin movie magic. Also, if you pay attention you can see Charlie's harness.
Bet you didn't catch (or care about) this continuity issue. Mrs. Teevee has a black purse in one scene, and a white purse a few scenes later. Only the most discerning eyes will catch an error that minute.
Just a second before this shot, Veruca was chewing on the candy. Then all of a sudden, she starts speaking and the candy is nowhere near her mouth. Just a small continuity problem that probably only bothered four people total.
[Managing editor's note: And all four people worked at Guff.]
In one shot, Veruca is standing by herself. In the next, her dad is standing right behind her, like he teleported there in a flash. Sure it's a bit jarring once you realize it, but I bet you never even noticed.
Remember this scene? It's Mike TeeVee's breakout star moment, when he decides to be transported onto the WonkaVision. It's a cool scene, minus this one small mistake – the Oompa Loompa puts his goggles on not once, but twice.
Did you ever stop to ask yourself why there was no wind in the tunnel of terror, despite how fast the boat was going? Or were you just too creeped out by the scary tunnel scene to notice?
Here's a fun fact: Only Gene Wilder knew how terrifying the tunnel was going to be. The rest of the cast just assumed they were going on a simple boat ride, so the horrified looks on their faces were authentic.
While all of the chocolate tubes were technically supposed to be sucking the chocolate up, some of the tubes were actually pushing the "chocolate" down, simply because it was easier from a production standpoint. But you never would have known, because movies are all about optical illusions.
When Willy Wonka stabs the mushroom with his cane, you can spot a bunch of holes underneath the mushroom, presumably from Gene Wilder doing the same thing take after take. If they were really worried about viewers noticing, they could have simply patched up the holes. So I guess they thought we'd never notice.
When Gene Wilder goes to press the elevator button, he completely MISSES. Doesn't seem to matter, though, because the elevator still shoots up. Just chalk it up to magic...they're in a flying elevator, after all.
When the elevator shatters the glass ceiling (if only Charlie was a girl, then the metaphor would be perfect!) you can spot the strings pulling the elevator up. It's helpful to remember that this movie was released in 1971, so nobody should be too critical about the technology. Regardless of whether you notice the strings or not, it's still a pretty fantastic ending to a pretty fantastic movie.