5 Classic Films Funded in Nutty Ways The Quaker Oats Co. funded 'Willy Wonka' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Oct 8, 2011 3:42 PM CDT 4 comments Comments Gene Wilder in the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." (YouTube) (Newser) – Producers have long writhed in agony seeking ways to fund feature films. Cracked lists five of their weirdest schemes: El Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez, the future director of Machete and Sin City, paid for this low-budge action flick by submitting himself to medical experiments that included removing chunks of flesh from his body, taking a 1-month drug trial, and pooping into clear tupperware. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Producer David Wolper convinced the Quaker Oats Company to fund the multimillion-dollar 1971 film and produce a candy bar to go along with it. Too bad the bars tasted nasty and had to be recalled. Animal Farm. The CIA bought the rights to George Orwell's classic novel, and funded this 1954 animated film as a piece of anti-Communist propaganda. Even stranger: CIA involvement was kept secret for nearly 50 years. Plan 9 From Outer Space. The Baptist Church of Beverly Hills funded this infamous clunker in an attempt to fund films about the apostles. The entire Plan 9 cast was even baptized as part of the agreement. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Mario Van Peebles Sr. produced and acted in this 1971 porno film about a militant black man opposing the white establishment. When he contracted gonorrhea having unprotected sex in the film, he filed a claim with the Director's Guild for workman's comp, and used the money to buy more film for the movie.