Cast of ‘Willy Wonka’ Reunited on The Today Show, Proving Miracles Are Real

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew? Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two? The Today Show can.

Today, several cast members from the wildly popular Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunited on The Today Show, reminiscing about their experience filming the now-iconic movie 44 years ago, and even getting another golden ticket!

Among the cast members who appeared on the show were Julie Dawn Cole/Veruca Salt, Peter Ostrum/Charlie Bucket, Michael Bollner/Augustus Gloop, Paris Themmen/Mike Teevee, Denise Nickerson/Violet Beauregard, and Rusty Goffe as everyone’s favorite cartwheeling Oompa Loompa. If you want to view paradise, simply click the video above and view it… 

And what’s remarkable and sort of heartwarming is that the five kids who won their ticket inside the chocolate factory all keep in touch. “We think of ourselves as a family,” said Peter Ostrum. “Maybe a dysfunctional family,” he added.

The members of the cast were asked which character was least like themselves (Veruca) and which actor took the most takes to get a scene right (Goffe). They were also each given Wonka bars with golden tickets wrapped inside—tickets that held questions for them to answer.

Each cast member immediately replied “yes” when they were asked if they’d choose to do it all over again. They unanimously agreed that they had the time of their lives on set, and that they were the “lucky ones” who got to experience the land of candy in person—even if the chocolate river wasn’t real!

Julie Dawn Cole even spoke about the lasting legacy the film left in our hearts, and has said that she meets people all the time who are overjoyed to learn who she is.

“We call it the Wonka Effect, when things are a little bit grim, [when we meet people and they find out who we are,] their face lights up.”

Thank you once again to The Today Show, for orchestrating yet another amazing cast reunion so that we can all have our heaping helping of nostalgia today.

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Lisa Lo Paro
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