BuzzWatch Video: The Unsolved Mysteries of Willy Wonka

As children, we were enchanted by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — the tale of five youngsters’ whimsical journey through the candy kingdom of every kid’s dreams. As adults, we’re a bit more, shall we say, disturbed by the lasting mental imprints from the Gene Wilder film. There’s a whole lot of weird stuff going on in that movie, like the trippy boat ride, the indentured servitude of the Oompa Loompas, and Mr. Wonka’s complete indifference to human suffering.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Paramount Pictures

The latest video from BuzzFeed poses a few unanswered questions about the bizarre feature, diving into some of the film’s bigger mysteries and smaller, oft unnoticed idiosyncrasies. Remember that grumbling geriatrich toting a cart of knives at the beginning of the movie? What the heck was up with that?

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.