* AdaptationDisplacement: This movie is '''very''' loosely based on a little-known play called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chantecler_(play) ''Chanticler'']] written by Edmond Rostand. In the play, a rooster named Chanticler is the protagonist, the Goldie character is a non-anthropomorphic pheasant, Edmond and the magical elements are completely absent, and both Patou and the Grand Duke appear (although both have significantly smaller roles than they do in the movie). Most significantly, Chanticler's crowing does not make the sun rise, and he accepts that.
* AlasPoorScrappy: Annoying as he sounded, you can't help but feel a little sad when [[spoiler:Edmund gets strangled to almost near death by the Duke.]]
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Although Siskel & Ebert mostly pointed out the flawed plot, they both griped about the amount of violence and darkness in the film, saying that violence does not belong in a children's film. One has to wonder what made them think this was strictly a children's film. Maybe because it's animated. They made the same complaints for most of Don Bluth's previous films as well.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Don Bluth staple. Especially weird is where Edmund apparently runs into '''his own BRAIN?!''' after Peepers' DisneyDeath, to resolve a minor character flaw.
* CultClassic: Despite its flaws, its a decent children's film that tries to tell an interesting story.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: The people who like this movie tend to like the Duke's hilariously psychotic nephew, Hunch. Let's be honest, though, did you really care about how this boy who got turned into a kitten was going to find this big rooster so he can bring up the sun again, or did you wonder why the nutty little owl is so desparate for his [[EvilUncle uncle's]] affection? Also the [[EvilIsCool Duke]].
** Snipes, although being [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Eddie Deezen]] helps a lot.
* JumpingTheShark: For a lot of fans, this is when Don Bluth's movies started to go downhill.
* MemeticSexGod: For the boys, everyone's Chanticleer for Goldie. And for the girls, everyone's Goldie for Chanticleer.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The whole "adequate pipe" bit.
** Jeepers, I'm a furry! (The line is actually "I'm ''all'' furry", but the kid's acting makes it sound ''very'' different.)
* MoralEventHorizon: The Duke has done a lot of nasty KickTheDog moves throughout the film. However, he finally crossed it when [[spoiler:he tries to kill Edmund by strangling him and even mocking him for his loss]].
* {{Narm}}: Really scary owl designed to be a really intimidating villain ''pukes Lucky Charms.'' And, as already mentioned, his sidekick calls him "Uncle Dukie."
** The fact that the Duke can be driven away by ''a flashlight'' makes him even less threatening.
** Not to mention that weird subplot with the dog Patou struggling to tie his shoes.
** Best line ever when taken out of context: "And now I'm licking myself!"
** "IT'S AN AQUEDUCT PIIIIPE!"
** Multiple inflections of, "Oh, no!" from the aforementioned '''furry''' throughout the movie.
** GIANT TWEE! A HUNDWED FEET AND CLOOOSSIIIING!
** Patou's almost demonic whispering of "Chanticleer"
** The owl henchmen. They sing amusingly stupid songs (this troper listens to them when she needs a good laugh), one of them ''prances'' to the table with a picnic basket during their last song, the same owl and another owl show a [[http://oi51.tinypic.com/154jdlf.jpg psychotic look]] during the same song, the second song they sing is about batteries and it's only about twenty seconds long, and if you pay close attention to them when Edmond shines the helicopter light on them, they ''cling'' to each other.
** Thanks to his hilarious ElmuhFuddSyndwome, almost everything Edmund says is narm, or just annoying depending on your opinion.
** "Attention owls, this is Edmund. We have Chanticleer!"
** The big chase scene isn't nearly as dramatic as it could be.
** "MY SHOOOOOOEEEEEESSS!!!"
* TheScrappy: Edmund. Nobody likes him, probably due to his voice and lisp. Made even worse by the fact ''he's the lead character.''
* SnarkBait: Yup.
* SoBadItsGood
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: [[Creator/GeoffreyChaucer Chaucer]] on Acid?!
* WTHCastingAgency: Christopher Plummer as The Duke Of Owls.
** Hell, Glen Campbell as Chanticleer. Campbell's music was hardly Elvis-esque.
* TheWoobie: Edmund. First he's turned into a kitten, then he nearly drowns, and is eventually [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost strangled to death by the Grand Duke]] ]]. Could even qualify as an IronWoobie.
** JerkassWoobie: Hunch, the Grand Duke's much-abused nephew.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The creative and lively Norwegian and Swedish dubs tend to improve character likeability, especially in the case of Edmond, a fair deal. The movie's still what it is though.
** The Norwegian version featuring the popular band Music/VazelinaBilopphoggers certainly helps; the music went from awkward and dorky to AwesomeMusic thanks to Viggo Sandvik's brassy vocals.