It's been 44 years since "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" hit theaters, and this morning the "Today" show staged a reunion of the five kid cast members (and one Oompa Loompa) just in case you were curious what they look like as middle-aged people.

Not that it was much of a reunion: the group has kept in close touch over the years and regularly attend conventions together in places like Orlando, Florida. Among the startling "True Hollywood Story"-style revelations: Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) doesn't chew gum! Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) grew up to become a veterinarian! Oh, and Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole)? Still flawless.

See the before and after magic below.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.