Willie Wonka was played by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film; that movie also spawned the tune ?The Candy Man,? which Sammy Davis Jr. turned into a hit single? Willie Wonka?s pygmy assistants are known as Oompa-Loompas; in early editions of the book they were black-skinned natives of Africa, but later editions of the book changed them to colorful natives of Loompaland? A real-life candy company named after Willy Wonka is now owned by the Nestl Corporation.
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