The funny and vibrant movie “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” has entertained families for generations. From being considered a flop when it was first released in 1971, the film has managed huge success thanks to constant reruns in the ’80s and ’90s, meaning that children worldwide have experienced the wonderful world of Wonka. But even though you may have seen the film 20 times, do you know all there is to know about Wonka? Here are some amazing facts and behind the scenes info you really need to know about this iconic movie!
The 1971 film version came about after young Madeline Stuart, the daughter of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart, insisted that the book would be a fantastic movie, saying to the Los Angeles Times in 2012, “It was my favorite book at the time, and I told him this would make a great movie.” Madeline actually appears in the film as one of the children in the classroom scene, when the (rather eccentric) teacher asks the children how many Wonka bars they have eaten. Her younger brother, Peter, also appears as the young boy who tells Charlie’s teacher about the Golden Ticket contest just before he dismisses the class.