* AwesomeMusic: When Dick Dastardly leaves Muttley to drop to the crocodiles in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' short "Movie Stuntman", such music starts to play.
** That was a snatch of background music from ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop.'' The ep also uses background music from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''
* ContinuitySnarl: Is the show in canon with ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', or is it an AlternateUniverse? The presence of the Mean Machine suggests they take place in the same universe, but if they do, is it a prequel or a sequel? ''Wacky Races'' appears to take place in later time period than ''Dastardly and Muttley'', but how long, given that they look roughly the same age in each series?
* DontTryThisAtHome: If you learn anything from this show, don't try to stop a pigeon.
* EarWorm: STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!, STOP THE PIGEON!
** The background music, especially the rinky-tink piano chase music, would be used on numerous H-B shows henceforth up to around 1980. The ''New Franchise/ScoobyDoo Movies'' episode "The Ghost of the Red Baron" uses it virtually exclusively.
* FridgeBrilliance/ AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Given that attempting to catch a pigeon is preferable to fighting in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Vulture Squadron's failures may be on purpose.
** In "Fur Out Furlough", when the General offered a 30-day furlough to whoever caught Yankee Doodle Pigeon, Zilly planned to spend it in Miami and Klunk planned to spend it in Hawaii.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance Furlough where you don't have to fight for thirty days, or internment in an enemy country where you don't have to fight for the rest of the war?]]
** If the Vulture Squadron are on the side of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Powers Central Powers]], it's possible that Klunk is from a non-German speaking nationality, most likely Hungarian, who knows enough conversational German to get by but not enough to communicate technical details. Therefore, his random sound effects may simply be him speaking broken German and using words from his native language, which Dastardly doesn't understand but Zilly does.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Medal Muddle", a picture of a female dog standing in a Pin-up Girl pose is shown on the wall over Muttley's bunk.
* HilariousInHindsight: Muttley growling at Dastardly to be included at a furlough Dastardly had just claimed as his became even funnier with how Muttley would later react in ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'' whenever Dastardly claimed the treasure of the week as all his.