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Oompa-Loompas are fictional characters from Roald Dahl's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

In the 1971 film they are portrayed as orange skinned. In early editions of the novel, they are shown as African pygmies. Following growing controversy and criticism, in later editions of the book, they are white skinned and golden haired.[1]

They come from Loompaland (originally, Africa) , which is a region of Loompa, a small isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. In the book, they are the only people Willy Wonka will allow to work in his factory, because of the risk of industrial espionage. They are only knee-high, with astonishing haircuts, and are paid in their favourite food, cacao beans. They insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing. (In both movies, they wore typical factory worker uniforms.) Only the male Oompa-Loompas are seen working in the factory; presumably the females remain in the village seen briefly from the great glass elevator. They are also mischievous, love practical jokes, and singing. As each bad child makes his/her exit they sing moralising songs accompanied by a drum beat.

Other uses

Employees of Google are sometimes humorously referred to as Oompa-Loompas.[2][3]


  1. ^ Controversy and Criticism
  2. ^ "Google director quits to break Apple link". The Register. Retrieved 2009-12-24. "Google director quits to break Apple link El Jobso battles the Oompa-Loompas" 
  3. ^ "Google and Local Gov: Don’t touch the oompa loompas". Retrieved 2009-12-24. "Google and Local Gov: Don’t touch the oompa loompas" 

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Oompa Loompas

  1. Plural form of Oompa Loompa.

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