Others Whipple-Scrumpet
Body type Humanoid
Average height Shorter than a human
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Place of origin Earth
Habitat Loompaland
Locomotion Bipedal
Status Data Deficient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created by Roald Dahl
Performed by Angelo Muscat
Rusty Goffe
George Claydon
Rudy Borgstaller
Jo Kilkenny
Andy Wilday
Malcolm Dixon, Ismed Hassan
Norman Mcglen
Pepe Poupee
Marcus Powell
Albert Wilkinson
Deep Roy (2005 Remake)

Oompa-Loompas are a small humanoid beings that appear in the novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its film and remake adaptations.


The Oompa-Loompas would end up being preyed upon or attacked by the various predators that also reside in Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work at his factory and are paid in their favorite food, cocoa beans, which were extremely rare on their island. The Oompa-Loompas are also mischievous, loving practical jokes and singing songs which, according to Wonka, they are very good at improvising. With each misbehaving child's exit, the Oompa-Loompas sing moralizing songs of the child's folly.

Behind the scenes

In early editions of the novel, the Oompa-Loompas (originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets" before publication) are shown as African pygmies before Dahl rewrote them to be white-skinned and golden haired. In both editions, despite working in the factory, Oompa-Loompas insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing.

In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, they were written to be played by actors with dwarfism and are portrayed as orange-skinned, green-haired men in striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants. Prominent portrayers: Angelo Muscat, Rusty Goffe, George Claydon, Rudy Borgstaller, Malcolm Dixon, Ismed Hassan, Norman Mcglen, Pepe Poupee, Marcus Powell, and Albert Wilkinson.

In the 2005 remake, all of the Oompa-Loompas are played by Indian actor Deep Roy. They were wearing their tribal clothing during their time in Loompaland and wearing typical factory worker uniforms in Wonka's Factory. Some of the female Oompa-Loompas worked in the administration offices.