ByMikayla Sloan, writer at
Writing is my passion, fantasy is my addiction, and creating worlds is my destiny.
Mikayla Sloan

Whether you're a fan of Gene Wilder's warm-hearted Wonka or Johnny Depp's sarcastic version, there are a few things that need to be addressed that didn't occur to us as kids.

Wouldn't a river made of liquid chocolate spoil and stink?

When filming the 1971 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the river was legit, consisting of chocolate, cream and water. Unfortunately, it quickly went bad and stank to high heaven during shooting. No matter how wondrous a chocolate factory might be, a chocolate river would be a tough thing to maintain.

If one of the other kids had won, would Wonka have flown around the world in the Great Glass Elevator to their house?

Taking into account the awesome capabilities of the Great Glass Elevator, going any real distance would take a long time. I don't know about you, but standing up in a transparent box isn't my idea of traveling in comfort.

Did Wonka research the children and set up "traps" for them?

Wonka himself states that there's "far too much to see" when beginning the tour of his factory. So how did he determine what to show the children? My theory is he researched each golden ticket winner and plotted a route through the factory that would provide a test for each child.

  • For Augustus, a chocolate river that mustn't be touched by human hands
  • For Violet, a fantastic piece of chewing gum that goes funny on the dessert
  • For Veruca, trained squirrels that sort and shell nuts (or in the original, geese that lay good/bad eggs)
  • For Mike, chocolate transportation via television

Maybe the real question is, what was in store for Charlie? If one or more of the other children had failed their "tests", would Charlie have won? Or would he have failed his own test and been sent home in disgrace?

How did Wonka's dad move his entire house to a barren wilderness?

There can only be one logical explanation: he's Saruman. This also explains the heartless attitude Dr. Wonka has towards candy.

If Charlie's grandparents hadn't gotten out of bed in twenty years, how did they use the bathroom?

I'm just going to let that sink in.

Whether you prefer Wonka's world of pure imagination or cold harsh reality, these plot holes are something to ponder. Do you have an explanation? Let me know in the comments below!


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