The Cast of 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' -- See Them Then & Now (PHOTOS)

It's been 44 years since the the Oompa Loompa song got stuck in our heads forever. Yup, it's the 44th anniversary of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Gene Wilder insta-classic based on Roald Dahl's bestselling children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlie, Veruca, Mike, Violet, and Augustus weren't the only ones whose lives were changed by winning a Wonka Golden Ticket -- I know my childhood wouldn't be the same without this wonderful movie. After all -- it's a land of pure imagination.

More from The Stir: 'Growing Pains' Turns 30 -- See How the Seavers Have Aged (PHOTOS)

The five "kids" (now grown adults, obviously) and Rusty Goffe (one of the Oompa Loompas) sat down for an interview with the Today show, and wow, we can't believe how much they've changed!

Check out these then-and-now photos of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars.


Image via Silver Screen Collection/Contributor/Getty Images