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October isn’t all scary monsters. There’s a lot more to celebrate this month, namely: candy.
Oh, candy! We can’t sing your praises enough, you delicious, sugary, diet-ruining delicacies! So today, we’re going to talk about the most famous candy maker of all time: Willy Wonka.
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Roald Dahl was the mastermind behind the kooky candy creator, featured in his children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The book became a classic, and inspired two well-known movie adaptations: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Here are some fun facts about the book, movies, and Dahl, himself (below), for you to enjoy:
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Cadbury sometimes sent boxes of chocolates to Repton, the school that Dahl attended, for the pupils to test. Dahl dreamed of inventing a chocolate bar that impressed head honcho Mr. Cadbury. This was ultimately the inspiration for his book.
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In the 1971 film adaptation, Gene Wilder’s portrayal of Willy Wonka became iconic, even inspiring a familiar meme. But Wilder wasn’t the first choice for Wonka. Fred Astaire was initially the first pick.
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For the 2005 version, 38,430.41 gallons of fake chocolate were used to create the chocolate waterfall, 206,568.48 gallons of fake chocolate were used to create the chocolate river. a 30′ x 9′ boat was constructed to film the tunnel scene, and it took 20 weeks to build!
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Roald Dahl was hired to write the screenplay for the 1971 adaptation. However, director Mel Stuart had the script rewritten by David Seltzer (The Omen). Dahl was extremely dissatisfied with the rewrite. He felt the new version took away the dark undertones of his story and made it too sweet. He also disliked the emphasis on Willy Wonka, and lack of attention to Charlie Bucket’s character. He refused to allow the movie to be remade during his lifetime.
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In the 2005 version (with Johnny Depp), forty squirrels were trained for the scene in the nut room. Impressive.
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There are loads of buttons in the glass elevator. Some of them are: Old Sneezes and Smells Dept., Honeycombs and Brushes, T-Bone Steak Jell-o, Root Beer goggles, Heart-Shaped Lungs, and The Pastry Room.
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