The Most Outrageous Fictional Factories
Many films are set inside realistic factories, showing us a glimpse of real working conditions. However, there are also some unbelievable movie factories that could never exist in the real world.
Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
No matter which version of the movie you love best, one of the highlights of the whole thing is the incredible building where Willie Wonka makes his sweet treats. It is a massive fantasy world that looks exactly what a child might design for the world’s best chocolate factory.
Rolling hills, lakes of chocolate, giant tubes and unbelievable machinery all add up to a fantasy setting that fires our imagination, as well as that of the visitors who wander around it with Wonka as their guide.
Despite the huge dimensions of this chocolate factory, only 165 oompa-loompas are needed to run the whole thing. In the 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all of these workers are played by actor Deep Roy. They even have time to sing and dance at work.
The Droid Factory in Star Wars Episode II
The weird and wonderful settings in Star Wars transport us far, far away to fascinating new places. In Star Wars Episode II, we get to see the interior of a Geonosian factory where a huge number of droids are rolling off the production lines. The building was later taken over by the Empire to build the Death Star.
It is fully automated, with huge machines working away constantly, and very dangerous for intruders, not just because of the lack of a plant platform and other security features. Worker drones keep things ticking over and our heroes soon run into problems when they stumble inside.
The factory was said to have been built about a kilometre underground, and the scenes were created mainly using CGI. The designers based part of their work on an automobile factory in the US, although the end result is completely different.
Charlie Chaplin’s Workplace in Modern Times
This movie from 1936 features Charlie Chaplin as his iconic Little Tramp character. We see how he struggles to cope with the modern world when he works on a fast-moving assembly line in a factory. Charlie can’t keep up with the speed of the production line, as he desperately tries to screw nuts before they disappear out of his sight.
He eventually dives onto the transport belt and is subsequently thrown into the inside of the machine. Here, he ends up stuck in among the giant cogs and wheels. Naturally, his actions cause chaos in the entire factory.
Santa Claus’s Factory
Just imagine the size of the factory you would need to create toys for every well-behaved kid on the planet every year. Many festive movies have attempted to show us how the elves work at their secret production plant based in the North Pole.
Perhaps the most interesting is in Santa Claus: The Movie. This 1985 classic starring Dudley Moore shows us a wooden interior where colourfully-dressed elves work hard to make all of the toys that children have asked for. It’s a wonderful image that makes us believe in Father Christmas more than ever before.