Video: The “Willy Wonka” Kids Reunite

It has been over forty years since the release of the Gene Wilder-led “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,” a film which became a staple for a whole generation of filmgoers.

Now, a bunch of the film’s surviving cast members reunited on “The TODAY Show” this morning to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the film. The group includes actors Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Rusty Goffe (an Oompa Loompa), Pairs Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloope), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) and Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket).

It seems many of the cast have remained friends over the years with their constant appearances at conventions helping them stick together. Themmen says: “We think of ourselves as part of a family. Maybe a bit of a dysfunctional family, but a family really.”