18 Directors Who Sneaked In References To Their Own Movies
18. Tim Burton – Smilex, Pink Sheep & Beetle Juicing
Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the second
adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book after the Gene Wilder
fronted Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 – is chock-full of
references to his previous movies.
The most obvious reference is one to Burton’s 1989 take on Batman
during a scene in which we see Charlie’s dad working his job at a toothpaste
factory that manufactures Smilex – the same name of the poisonous chemical
created by the Joker in Batman that causes people to die of laughter.
But there’s also a nod to Burton’s 1994 biopic Ed Wood (which also
starred Johnny Depp) in a scene where we see Oompa Loompas shearing pink sheep
– a reference to filmmaker Ed Wood’s penchant for pink angora sweaters – and a
homage to Burton’s comedy horror Beetlejuice in the form of a room dedicated to