* ActorAllusion: Hey it's [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Hawkeye]] using a crossbow!
* AwesomeDearBoy: The main reason this film was made and why Creator/JeremyRenner was in it.
* DuellingMovies: With ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'', another action-adventure film based on a classic fairytale. In box office terms, ''Hansel and Gretel'' won by a country mile.
* FakeNationality:
** English actress Gemma Arterton dons an American accent throughout. Actors' nationalities in the film include Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch, British, American and Polish.
** The fairytale itself is German in origin, and no one wants a crowd of people attempting "ze German".
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/FamkeJanssen apparently took her role because she desperately needed to pay off her mortgage.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In addition to Hansel having diabetes, Gretel was originally going to have an eating disorder.