* AuthorExistenceFailure: Trinidad Silva, who played Raul, died in an auto accident before shooting all his scenes. The film is dedicated to him. The movie also had to abort his subplot, where [[spoiler:the poodles got revenge]].
* Raul parodies the famous "We don't need no stinking badges" line, which is a BeamMeUpScotty from ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' (the [[MemeticMutation better remembered]] version is actually from ''BlazingSaddles'').
* CensorDecoy: According to [[WordOfGod Jay Levey]], a planned promo for "Those Darn Homos" was included in the script on the (correct) assumption that the suits at Orion would make them take it out.
* CreatorKiller: Often used as a scapegoat for Orion's demise. After years of box-office flops, Orion heralded it as its savior. It didn't work, and within two years, the studio went bankrupt. The executives brought it on themselves by pitting it against ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', ''GhostbustersII'', ''LethalWeapon2'', ''DoTheRightThing'', ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', and, oh yeah, Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', and they probably wished to save face for this scheduling blunder as much as possible.
* {{Defictionalization}}: ''AttackOfTheShow'' did a recreation of the "Find the marble in the oatmeal" segment by having Candice Bailey and Sarah Jean Underwood [[LesYay wrestling in oatmeal]]. Complete with the winner getting the drink from the firehose.
* DeletedScene: Included, along with Al's reasoning on ''why'' they were deleted... "Because they suck!"
** Several of the deleted scenes involved a subplot with Teri's (Victoria Jackson's) secretary, who was completely taken out of the movie. Unfortunately, the actress playing the secretary wasn't told this until she saw the premiere.
** When R.J. discovers that his office has been wrecked and his Mooks disarmed, he screamed after that, but that portion was trimmed. Oddly enough, it ended up in the theatrical trailer as part of a montage of screams.
** There was a whole subplot concerning the thugs. The Head Thug was deathly afraid of insects & other creepy crawlies. Later on, after Stanley's rescue, they attempt to steal the telethon money (stored in a suitcase). However, they accidentally grab a look-a-like suitcase that appears identical...containing Philo's bug collection. Back on the highway, [[spoiler:Head Thug opens the case, full of massive & still very much alive roaches & beetles, and totally freaks out...causing the car to careen off a bridge and kill them all!]]
** In a cut scene, when George & Bob first arrive, U-62 has a news anchor named Fred Parker who clearly has anger issues and has had it with his job. During his newscast, he reporting about the City Hall/budget cuts situation (later shown in the movie with Pamela & Noodles) when the camera guy, who's been noisily eating potato chips, let's out a huge belch. Cue nutty newsguy violently turning over his desk, "I HAVE HAD IT!!!". Pamela finally gets her much-wanted news position...which, of course, ''really is her forté.''
** "And there's this scene where... ''get this''... I go to the BANK!"
* EnforcedMethodActing: Bobbo the Clown's unenthusiastic demeanor after being hit with the frying pan was genuine, as Al actually hit David Bowe in the face with a frying pan for the scene (albeit unintentionally). Bowe was taken aback, angry and in pain as a result of the mishap and if you look closely during the scene when George is feeding him dog treats, you can see that his lower lip is bleeding.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The cast includes Michael Richards and Fran Drescher before either was well known, though, prior to this movie, Michael Richards was a cast member on the ABC sketch show ''Fridays'', one of many sketch shows made as competition for NBC's ''SaturdayNightLive'' (and, according to many fans and TV historians, the only one that would have been a perfect replacement for ''SNL'' had ABC not [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed with its timeslot]] and ''SNL'' not have recovered from having Jean Doumanian as a showrunner).
** David Proval from ''Series/TheSopranos'' is one of the kidnappers of Stanley.
** And the guy from ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' now owns a network affiliate.
** Fletcher's son Richard is Jambi and Pterri from ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
** And Kuni once [[SixteenCandles crashed your auto-mobile]]!
** Teri is Victoria Jackson from ''SaturdayNightLive'''s second GoldenAge (from 1986 to around the early 1990s) which included PhilHartman and Dana Carvey.
** Plus, Joe Early runs shop at the local high school but isn't all that [[Creator/EmoPhillips emotional]]. (cue rim-shot)
* OldShame: Apparently, if you bring this film up to Michael Richards, he will ''not'' react well, though he did appear in the cast commentary.
* PropRecycling: The producers struck a deal with KOED (OETA/PBS in Tulsa) to build a news set in their studio. The Tulsa network used the set for their own broadcasts for a couple years afterward.
* ScienceMarchesOn: An interesting tidbit in the very beginning at Big Edna's. You can see a sign in the background saying that they cook all of their meat "medium with a pink center unless otherwise specified". This was in 1989 and ''[[AluminumChristmasTrees not a joke]]'', as it was before the 1993 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_in_the_Box#E._coli_disaster Jack-in-the-Box E. coli disaster]] in which four children died and hundreds of others became sick in the Seattle area as well as California, Idaho and Nevada, after eating undercooked and contaminated meat from Jack in the Box. These days '''all''' meat is cooked well done unless specified, and menus have warnings against eating undercooked meats.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In the post-analog world, this is pretty much the last place that even ''mentions'' UHF frequencies, making it something of an UnintentionalPeriodPiece as a result.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Ernie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Ernie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.
** In addition, Creator/ChristopherLloyd was also considered to play Stanley if Michael Richards declined. Ironically, both Lloyd and Glover had previously co-starred together in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** SylvesterStallone was going to cameo as the helicopter ride ticketer during the ''Rambo'' parody scene, but had to cancel due to schedule issues.
** David Spade was one of the people who auditioned for the role of Bob.
** If the movie hadn't been picked up, Yankovic would have toured Europe opening for MichaelJackson.
* VindicatedByCable: Ironically, it might have done better at the box office had Orion Pictures not been so excited by how well it performed at test screenings. They gave it a summer 1989 release that placed it amongst films like ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''GhostbustersII'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' and so on. Lost in the shuffle, it found its audience through its subsequent video release and TV airings.
** As a result, and as Al sang in the commentary, "Orion! Orion! Is bankrupt, now!"
** It was one of the top rentals after its release on VHS, and became a #1 seller when it was released on DVD.