Oompa-Loompas are strange midgets from the Wonka franchise.  Oompa-Loompas origininated from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  They work as slaves in Wonka's factory, getting payed in cacao beans instead of money. Due to their physiology, Oompa-Loompas find cacao beans highly addictive. Wonka exploits this weakness to form a chemically dependent workforce.


The Oompa-Loompas once lived in Africa (changed to Loompaland in a later edition), fighting for their lives against creatures called Hornswaggers, Snozzwangers, and Wangdoodles who would eat Oompa-Loompas.  The Oompa-Loompas would generally eat mashed caterpillars, which tasted revolting.  They would try to mash things into the caterpillars to make them taste better, including eucalyptus leaves, beetles, and the bark of the bong-bong tree (it is not known whether this is a reference to marijuana).  All of these tasted bad, but not as bad as the caterpillars.  They longed for cacao beans, which is a real life bean that is the major ingredient for chocolate.  The cacao bean was the treasure of the Oompa-Loompas, but a rarity among them.

Willy Wonka travelled into Loompaland looking for new flavors for his candy bars, but came across the easily exploitable Oompa-Loompas.  He offered them jobs at his factory, because of all the cacao beans he had, and the Oompa-Loompas excitedly followed him.


The Oompa-Loompas used to live in huts in the trees to avoid all the terrible creatures, but Wonka's offer changed all that. In the 2005 film, Oompa-Loompas were seen worshiping cacao beans and wearing them as masks for festivals.  They also had a language that consisted of strange noises and childish gestures, including putting the hand under the armpit and making a farting noise.

The Oompa-Loompas love singing.  In the book, they would sing long songs filled with eight syllable lines, usually rhyming in pairs.  In the first film, these songs were changed to riddles that usually began with "Oompa-Loompa doopa-dee-doo.  I have another puzzle for you."  In the second film, the composer Danny Elfman, known for many other Tim Burton films, took the original songs from the book and put a separate style within each one. Elfman sang all of this material. Many of the voices he recorded were meant as guide tracks to be replaced later in the mix, but Burton intervened and instructed Elfman not to replace them. It is not known whether Elfman rolled his eyes.


In the books, the appearance changes between editions.

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka seen with the Oompa-Loompas from the 1971 film.

In the book, their skin color and hair color changed through many editions but the one thing that remained was they still wore the same things they did in Loompaland. The men wore deer skin, the woman was leaves, and the children wore nothing.

In the first film, the Oompa-Loompas had orange skin and green hair, like carrots.  The hair style was always swirled. They wore brown shirts with white and brown striped wrists and collars, and white aprons over them.  They also wore white gloves.

In the second film, the Oompa-Loompas were all played by the same actor,

Deep Roy, portraying Oompa-Loompas from the 2005 film.

Deep Roy, except for one female Oompa-Loompa named Doris, who was played by a man that looked identical to Deep Roy. The voices for the Oompa-Loompas were provided by Danny Elfman. In the film, they were Kenyan in appearance, and originally wore tribal clothes. In the factory, they wore uniforms of different colors; most notably red, yellow, and blue.

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