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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

While today’s pic isn’t one of the more uncommon BTS images I’ve posted it’s one I love dearly and have in massive embiggenable size!

Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka will forever be one of my all time favorite movie characters. Weird, sweet, eccentric, brilliant, insane, fatherly, creepy Uncle… it’s all in there thanks to Wilder’s manic performance.

So, here we are. From 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor we have Mr. Wonka and his Oompa Loompas! Click to for a bigger image!



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Throw me the whip, I throw you tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic.

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  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Ravyn

    If you tried that, it would be Johnny, a green screen and Deep Roy. Too much green screen in some movies nowadays and it can show horribly.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Wonka meets Jersey Shore

    by master_of_realty

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I had a great time making this film.

    by BadMrWonka

    It was pure imagination!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    One of the films...

    by Kill List Hammertime

    ... I remember watching as a kid and getting freaked out. See also: dark crystal, never ending story and legend. I was a right little wimp back then.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Tomorrows pic better be Karen Allen in that silk nightgown!!

    by Cheif Brody

    BACK LIT!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by 6000_little_griglets

    The Dark Crystal and The Never Ending Story disturbed the fuck out of me... neber sae legend as a kid... also, that oompa loompa on the left of Gene reminds me of someone, can't put my finger on it though... that Doogie Howser guy or the big brother from Malcolm in the Middle?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    This film is/was brilliant!

    by Fremen

    The Burton remake wishes it was a pimple on the original film's ass. The thing that made the original my favorite, besides the great songs, was the little asides that Wonka threw in during certain scenes. (like, 'we are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams')

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Gore_monkey

    I could never get my hair to do that

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    This really BTS?

    by MrPaisley

    Looks like a promo shot from the film that's been used many, many times since its release.

  • Charlie and his grandpa messing with the Fizzy Lifting drinks that they were told not to, and then getting yelled at by Wonka for it. I mean, in the movie Charlie broke the rules just as badly as everyone else, he should have been sent home empty-handed just like all the other brats. The only difference, Charlie didn't get incapacitated by it, and he gave back the secret gobstopper that the other kids didn't even have a chance to offer back.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    awesome movie... love Gene Wilder

    by LargoJr

    I want to get ALL his films on Blu *wistful sigh* That would just be amazing.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Not a BTS pic

    by GulDucati

    That's a publicity shot.

  • Made my skin crawl, NOT a cool movie to watch... The Burton/Depp assault MUST END

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Oompa Loompa on the left of Wilder...

    by SminkyPinky

    Rusty Goffe. Still appears on UK TV. Once called Verne Troyer a "short arse".

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Raiders of the Lost Ark Tomorrow!

    by Eddie_Hitler


  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Can def see Doogie Howser. Good call.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Another one that used to fuck me up was Watership Down. That evil rabbit scared the shit outta me. No wonder I'm a sucker for fucked up horrors these days. Conditioned as a child.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Willy Wonka was kind of a pre-genitor to Fear Factor.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I gotta go with creepy.

    by moorE12

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Old vrs New

    by Robbiemc9

    My sister and I have been a massive fan of this movie since we were kids. There was something devilishly appropriate about all the kids getting their comeuppance. Unlike all the sickening Disney bullshit released at the time like Herbie or Mary Fucking Never Ending Poppins. Don't get me started on The Sound Of Music. The Nazis should have killed Maria dead! But this movie rocked. Fast forward to the announcement that Tim Burton was remaking it and my sister and I nearly wet our pants - especially at that promo pic of Johnny dressed up at Wonka. 20min into the movie my sister turned to me with tears rolling down her face and just whimpered - they have ruined it, just ruined it. What an appalling result. Johnny was the only redeeming quality to the whole thing. The CGI was TERRIBLE. The music was forgettable. The dwarf guy is just creepy so we don't need 20,000 cgi creepy ones. But more importantly Tim just missed the point of the book altogether. It is a moral tale. You need to invest time in each of the kids to ensure their moment of glory pays off. Each kid represented a bully of some type we faced each day at school so seeing them getting what they deserved really heightened the joy of the story. Some of the kid actors were great and could have shined in more beefed up roles. Instead Tim just made it all about Johnny and very bad cgi. The chocolate river boat ride especially stands out in my memory as an abomination of CGI and I am not a CGI hater either. I quite like it if it is used appropriately. Some of the best segments of the original movie is the back story they invest in with each of the kids as they find their ticket. Tim's is up there with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as one of the worst. Thank god we always have Gene to go back to. Nothing was more exciting as a child as the moment when they went through the tiny door into the giant chocolate room. It's up there with the transition from sepia to colour in the Wizard Of Oz which is really the only other kids movie of my youth that was on the same level. It departed a bit from the book but I think it improved on the story and heightened the moral lessons each kid represents plus the slugworth sub plot. The book is very sketchy and really only about greed. This movie is almost a kids version of Seven. Greed, gluttony, vanity, ruddiness, dishonesty etc.... The extra detail they wrote into Charlie's home life and the poverty were brilliant. You really root for the kid in the end. Anyone of my age could instantly sing a long to any of the songs. I challenge anyone to even remember one of the songs from Tim's.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Bottom Right Oompa Loompa

    by zebra

    Peter Fonda's midget brother. Tell me I'm wrong.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    robbiemc9 ... "Agustus Gloop"

    by LargoJr

    I kinda dig it.. I like to imagine it's the UCLA Marching Band playing before a Rose Bowl

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by Kill List Hammertime

    Fondas midget brother. They've all got midget family you know. If they haven't, they adopt. Jolie, im looking at you.

  • It's become legendary in germany.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    The first movie I ever (sort of) saw...

    by bass

    This was the first movie my parents took me too, at the bright age of around 5 or so. I don't blame them for not knowing how creepy and messed up this flick is...I'm sure it was sold as a sweet, sugary confection, not the rotted heart of darkness it is... :-) I made it to the Oompa Loompa psychedelic boat tunnel sequence before bursting into tears/screams. Had to be led out, no amount of cajoling would get me back in there. No doubt my folks were pissed about the 5-6 bucks they blew...LOL! To this day that scene still gets to me. I wish Wilder was still working. He is missed.

  • A brilliantly fucked-up children's story – perfect mixture of science fiction and surrealism. It's got giant alien monsters eating astronauts and taking over space hotels, and Charlie and co end up voyaging into other dimensions by OD'ing on anti-ageing pills and everything. Pure insanity. I'd even take a Johnny Depp version, if that's what it took to get it on the screen. Hell, maybe even see if you can drag Gene Wilder out of retirement, cast some no-name kid as Charlie and four random old people as the grandparents. David Lynch to direct. I'd pay to see that.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Wilder retired for good unfortunately

    by paulloch

    He's had a long battle with cancer since the late 90's. I think a career Oscar for one of the funniest men in cinema history is long overdue. The original was inexplicably a box-office bomb, so that's why a sequel was never made. I hate the remakes, because that's what they show on TV nowadays, never the original. Planet of the Apes, Flight of the Phoenix, Straw Dogs, Italian Job etc. the remakes are getting shown over the superior originals on cable, because they feel (maybe correctly) people today won't watch anything older than they are. I'm afraid the same will happen to Willy Wonka.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Who are those horrible orange creatures over there?

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>"Why those are the grunkalunkas. They work with me here at the Slurm factory."</p> <p> </p> <p>"Tell them I hate them."</p>

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    So glad this feature is back.

    by gotilk

    Because just look at that! Thanks!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I watched the Original back to back with the Remake over New Years

    by conspiracy

    After you have watched the OG Wonka..the remake is almost unwatchable. Wilder's Wonka is just incredible work...there is such a strong undercurrent of sadness and menace in the performance. Depp did nothing more than be Depp...his usual goofy, tongue sticking out is a horrible performance. In fact the who damned thing stinks..the performances, the music, the set's just a fucking disaster. There are only 2 things worth watching in Burtons film... Christopher Lee...who always brings his A-game even in bit parts in shitty movies. And Missi Pyle...who is fun in her small role as Violets mom...and looks as fucking delicious as always in her track suit.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Gene Wilder is a comedy genius. Thanx Quint.

    by scrote

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    The one on the left

    by Hemi23

    is definately a bit of a Neil Patrick harris loompalike.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    And the top right oompaloompa

    by Hemi23

    is Ross's father from Friends.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    So we have

    by Hemi23

    Peter Fonda, Neil Patrick Harris, Ross's Dad. And the one to the next to Gene W on top right is reminding me of someone too but i cant put my finger on it.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    What. Do you think. Of the one you call 'God'?

    by 3774

    Don't you find his absence slight - ly. Odd? MAYBE HE'S FORGOTTEN YOU!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Top left. Orson Welles.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    By Orson. Robert Englund.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    That just leaves one more - top right by Gene

    by Hemi23

  • ...Multiple Orange midget Oompa Loompas Vs. Plethora of Duplicate Deep Roy Oompa Loompas

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I don't see how Great Glass Elevator would be any good.

    by Kamaji

    I barely remember much about it, and it felt more like those sequels that come along quickly after a popular first-book, and then just add very little (books like 'Lost World' and 'Gump & Co' come to mind). I do recall in GGE, that the Grandparents become the equivalent of the bratty kids, taking something Wonka tells them not to take.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Top rights hard.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The one on Wilders right...

    by Kill List Hammertime

    ...does actually look like Weeman from Jackass. His dad?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Top right...

    by 6000_little_griglets

    ... reminds me a bit of Luke Perry... bit of Matt Damon in there too... that's not quite it though... far top right looks like Rhea Pearlman... there's a bit of Rodney Dangerfield in the top far left...

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Top right: Joe Lieberman

    by P

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Burton showed these

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This needs a remake set...

    by performingmonkey

    ...IN DA HOOD!!!! Or in space.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Good call, cheif brody!

    by DickBallsworth

    You can totally see evidence of her crazy 80's bush when the wind presses the nightgown against her body... HURRY UP BLU-RAY!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    All those Oompa Loompas are dead now.

    by JediRob

    Well...most likely.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    That's just weird.

    by Yelsaeb

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Oh god, look at the fat one in the left hand corner.

    by Yelsaeb

    That will inhabit my nightmares for years to come.

  • That "get this over with" look on his face is priceless.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I laughed when I saw Slugworth in 'Boys From Brazil'

    by tangcameo

    He still wants that Everlasting Gobstopper formula and now he'll kill to get it!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The one on the right looks like Steve-O from Jackass.

    by 3774

    As if there was any other Steve-O.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Bottom left

    by dukeroberts

    Looks like Robert Walker from Strangers On a Train.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I've always wanted to see the Vermiscious Knids

    by abe

    The Great Glass Elevator could only be made now in the age of CG. Oh, and the people complaining about the Fizzy Lifting Drinks being totally wrong and different from the book - well, Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay. So it's directly from the author and how he wanted it done.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    The ones at top left and top right ...

    by Toe Jam

    Are W.C. Fields (or possibly Chris Berman) and Burgess Meredith, respectively. Can't believe I'm the first to notice the resemblances.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Also, second from the top right ...

    by Toe Jam

    Is definitely D.B. Sweeney.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Right of Wilder: David Hemmings

    by MooseMalloy

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Top right: Ray Walston

    by MooseMalloy

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    jedirob: Not all of them are dead...

    by disgustingduo

    Actor Rusty Joffe, who is on Wilder's right in the picture, is very much alive and was in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    The fat Oompa on the left

    by Fremen

    reminds me of Shultz from Hogan's Heroes, and the Oompa peering down behind Wonka's hat on our left, looks like Gene Wilder himself as an Oompa.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Top left Oompaloompa is clearly Alfred Hitchcock.

    by Nerfee

    Top right looks like he should compering a summer season in the Catskills. Take my wife, PLEASE!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by flax

    That's not quite true – Dahl wrote a draft for the film, but it was heavily rewritten for some reason or other. Most of the diversions (the fizzy lifting drink, the Slugworth subplot) were not Dahl's idea, and he was reported to be quite unhappy with the final product. I see it as a similar situation to Stephen King's views on Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING: excellent film, even if the author is so attached to his original vision that he can't recognise the quality of the adaptation.

  • ...He lived happily every after." LOVE this film.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The one to the right of Wilder's hat...

    by Paul Morrison

    ... move over a bit, good buddy, 'cause the Snowman is coming through.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    The remake mainly serves to show how good the original was. I worked on the remake and can't remember a thing about it!

  • Don't have the patience to read all of them.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by Zirlin


  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    We Need An Oompa Loompa v Munchkins Film Face Off!

    by Stewart Wolfe

    Toy guns at the ready! With an all singing, all dancing bloodbath at dawn! The Munchkins would kick their opponents arses so hard they would have chocolate shit spewing out of them like caramelized cream!

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Wear a nicotine patch to bed

    by proevad

    You will have dreams like this all night long.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    I think he was pre-picked and pre-destined to win. How else can you explain Slugworth being there right when he opens the candy bar with the golden ticket? Either that, or your plot hole and mine are huge enough to drive the Wonka Mobile through.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Think this was inspired by Schindler's Jews?

    by proevad

    Always wondered. When did Dahl write this? 60? Mistreated people in a foreign land are rescued and brought to a rich guys factory to help him out. Just a thought.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Besides Wilder, the 2nd most amazing thing about the film is...

    by GordoSan#1

    how they made a movie in 1971 look like it was from the '30s or '40s, thanks what was probably the last great use of Technicolor. I often wonder why nobody tries to capture that look today, especially with the possibilities of doing it digitally. I think some scenes in The Aviator go there, but little else does, and never in a movie with a tone like Wonka or Wizard of Oz. I always wanted The Hobbit to have a Technicolor look, because that is what it looked like in my mind's eye while reading it. It is a different tone altogether from LOTR. In fact, Pan's Labyrinth almost gives off a bit of a Technicolor look. Also, the trailer for The Hobbit does look more color saturated than LOTR, possibly due to Del Toro's influence on the film?