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Ten Great Movie Inventors
The greatest tinkerers, eccentrics and geniuses in the movies - and their crazy ideas.
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Willy Wonka  | Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka puts invention down to: "93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple" - for a total of 105%. Wonka was responsible for all manner of madness, such as the everlasting gobstopper, fizzy lifting drinks and eating-disorder-friendly three course meal gum.

Greatest invention: Lickable wallpaper that makes DIY that little bit more tempting.

PICTURED: Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

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1 Flubber?
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 11:01 by alexcheves
Is everyone forgetting Robin Williams great invention? Read More

2 Flubber?
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 11:00 by alexcheves
Is everyone forgetting Robin Williams great invention? Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 10:58 by Redrising
Caracatus Potts only really invented the toot sweet. The flying car was just part of the story he told the kids on the beach. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang could never actually fly... Read More

4 On a sci-fi note...
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 07:41 by inkedbeatnik
Blade Runner's Eldon Tyrell, and the inventor in Metropolis. I also have a soft spot for Robin William's character in Toys (but then I'm weird). And what about the Fisher Stevens in Short Circuit? Or Joe Morton at Skynet? Alright, alright - there's a clear robotics theme here. i'm just going to retreat into the background where I belong! Read More

5
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 20:38 by spud01
Where is Young Frankenstein?? Read More

6
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 16:54 by crazycar60
I agree where are Wallace (and Gromit) and Caracatus Potts both inventing legends of my childhood! Read More

7
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 16:29 by evildave69
Erm, you're forgetting Wallace (& Gromit)...Manic inventions are his forte...rabbit catchers, crazy trousers and a pond that flips upside down so you drive over it. He should definately be on the list. Read More

8
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 14:01 by Timon
Barnes Wallace? Granted he was a real person but dammit if his bouncing bomb wasn't inspiring stuff in The Dam Busters. And clearly the two guys in Weird Science. If they can make Kelly LeBrock using an Amstrad, then kudos. Read More

9 Silent velcro!
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 13:55 by Mikkel Drewsen
The greatest movie invention is doubtlessly Garden State's silent velcro. Read More

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Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 13:22 by Carrot Cake
ah, was hoping for some honey i shrunk the kids or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Suppose you can fit them all in but...:( (glad you had ghostbusters) Read More

11 Where's the love?
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 13:14 by jmebaby25
Ok - I agree... on the whole it's a great list. But where is the love for Caractacus Potts? Read More


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