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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Jun 13, 2015

    22 Things You Never Noticed In "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory"

    Got a Golden Ticket?

    1. Apparently the candy shop owner's name is Bill.

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    We never hear anyone address him by name — so we gotta assume he named his shop after himself!

    2. The candy shop also stocks the Slugworth brand.

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    3. Here's another Wonka competitor: Fickelgrubers.

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    4. This creepy guy is actually reciting from William Allingham's poem, The Fairies.

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    You can read the entire poem here.

    5. The teacher's name is only said once, and it's easy to miss: Mr. Turkentine.

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    LOL.

    6. You might have missed the humor in this moment as a child — check out this dude's antlers.

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    7. We see Charlie's grandmother working on knitting the scarf that he later receives as a present on his birthday.

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    8. Although there's English signage planted in this fictional European town, you catch glances of German on advertisements.

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    The film was primarily shot in Munich, so that makes sense.

    9. When Charlie comes in the candy store to buy a Wonka bar, the clock reads 3:30, which would be an accurate time for a post-school snack.

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    All in the details.

    10. Here's a close-up of the Golden Ticket. One thing to consider — Wonka had already set the date of the factory tour. How did he know all the tickets would be found by October 1?

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    Clever fellow.

    11. Did anyone even consider what happened to Charlie's dad? His mother certainly has a lot on her plate, taking care of her parents AND her in-laws.

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    Good lady.

    12. And did you ever notice how Wonka's cane is so bendy?

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    13. This contract is actually pretty boring except for the first clause.

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    Damage caused by lightning, earthquakes, floods, fire, frost or FRIPPERY. Hehe.

    14. Did you notice that only the children sign the contract?

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    So can the grown-ups sue?

    15. Ever notice the hidden W on this door?

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    WONKAWONKAWONKA.

    16. Wow. Grandpa Joe has eerily long pinky nails.

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    But...why?

    17. Check out this cool double-pronged key Wonka uses to open the Inventing Room.

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    18. Among all the weirdness in the Inventing Room, something you might not have noticed is this rack of bicycle (?) wheels.

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    Or whatever they are.

    19. ButterSCOTCH and ButterGIN.

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    This is briefly referenced, but something you might have also missed as a kid.

    20. Would Charlie and Grandpa Joe really have died after taking the Fizzy Lifting drink? There's a guard before the fan that Joe is able to hold on to.

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    Seems death could have been avoidable had they not immediately figured out the burping thing.

    21. There's lettering on a lot of the tubing throughout the factory.

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    Which, knowing Wonka, is either totally random, or has very specific meanings.

    22. Mike Teevee's mom's purse becomes white when she enters the Wonka Vision room.

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    Magic? Or Wonka just thinks of everything.

    And finally, not something you missed, but a fun fact: Peter Ostrum, the kid who played Charlie, never acted again (this was his only film role, in fact). He's now a veterinarian in Upstate New York.

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    Such a good movie.

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