* AwesomeMusic: "Good News," by Randy Newman.
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: James' parents abruptly gets eaten by a rhinoceros at the beginning of the story. While having your parents die at a young age is never pleasant, the situation is so absurd, part of you can't help but laugh a little.
* HilariousInHindsight
** The undead pirate scene, which is lead by [[{{WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas}} Jack Skellington]], has an expy of DonaldDuck among his crew. Six years later, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI Kingdom Hearts]]'' was released, with Donald as one of the main characters and Halloween Town being a playable world, with Jack serving as it's GuestStarPartyMember. Likewise, the main party become undead there, though Donald is turned into a {{Mummy}} instead.
*** Even more hilarious in the French dub of the film; Sora[[note]]who's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent pseudo-vampire]] in Halloween Town[[/note]] and James share [[Creator/DonaldReignoux a voice actor]]!
** A giant mechanical shark tried to take down the peach? No wonder [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Grunty imprisoned him in her lair]]. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation That monster is dangerous]]!
* HoYay: A private violin performance of Bach's Partita No. 3, Gavotte en Rondeau, as their mode of transport soars over a moonlit sea seems to edge on the romantic side of things; especially when one considers how flustered Mr. Grasshopper is to be caught by James in the middle of things.
* MoralEventHorizon: Both Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are abusive legal guardians towards James in the movie. However, they finally cross it when they outright attempt to '''MURDER''' him [[AxeCrazy with axes]] (with all of New York City watching, no less)!
* NauseaFuel: That disgusting fish head pie James receives from his aunts for dinner in the movie. This is, in fact, a [[AluminumChristmasTrees real meal]] called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargazy_pie stargazy pie]].
* TheWoobie: James. Poor, poor James. He had such GoodParents, until they died and his evil aunts took him in. You can guess how well THAT went for him.
** Worse, while watching his aunts publicize the giant peach, kids are present there. However, James is forbidden to leave the house, and he sheds a tear as the only possible friends he would make just come and go.
** Miss Spider can also come across as this in the book. It's hard not to feel bad for her when she confesses that she doesn't understand why people hate spiders, or when she starts crying while talking about how her relatives were killed in front of her.
* WhatAnIdiot: Centipede [[BullyingTheDragon insulting the Cloud People in the book.]]