* AccidentalInnuendo: Best line ever when taken out of context: "And now I'm licking myself!"
* 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.
** The play, in turn, was inspired by Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale, which was in turn based on a popular medieval fable about a rooster named Chanticleer and his run-in with a fox (usually Renard). In that one, Chanticleer really did think his crowing brought up the sun, and when he was kidnapped by the fox the farm really did mourn his loss.
* 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 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' 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.
* {{Asspull}}: Where exactly was Peepers able to find and commandeer Pinky's helicopter after her close call in Pinky's trailer?
* AwesomeMusic: In the Swedish dub there are the songs "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXF0xtEj4cQ Sun on Me]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzYxihYJo-I Rock-A-Doodle]]".
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Two Words, Goldie Pheasant.
* 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.
** While most of the songs do actually serve the plot, there are a handful of very short and completely unnecessary ones. The most notorious of these would have to be the bouncer's song and the Duke's "They're Running Out Of Batteries" song.
* CultClassic: Despite its flaws, its a decent children's film that tries to tell an interesting story. (Emphasis on ''tries''.)
* DorkAge: After a long string of financial successes and runaway hits through the eighties, this film proved to be the start of one for Don Bluth, not helped by its baffling premise or its part in killing the studio of which he was the head at the time.
* 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 desperate for his [[EvilUncle uncle's]] affection? Also the [[EvilIsCool Duke]].
** Snipes, although being [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Eddie Deezen]] helps a lot.
** Goldie Pheasant is ridiculously popular with fans of the film; her popularity in the FurryFandom certainly lends itself to this.
* HarsherInHindsight: The film's failure hurts a whole lot more when you realize that [[DuelingMovies one of the other, more successful movies it was up against]] was a sequel to ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail his own movie]]'', one he was given the opportunity to work on, no less!
* JerkassWoobie: Hunch, the Grand Duke's much-abused nephew.
* MemeticMutation: "Jeepers...I'm a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]]!"[[note]]Popularized by both WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/YourMovieSucksDotOrg. [[{{Mondegreen}} He's actually saying]] "I'm ''all'' furry!", but it's much funnier to imagine otherwise.[[/note]]
* 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]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: Every time Edmond's ElmuhFuddSyndwome voice is heard, some viewers would wish to go deaf.
* {{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.
** "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 and 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!!!"
* RootingForTheEmpire: Edmund's speech impediment and behavior make it ''incredibly'' difficult to enjoy his character, so to many viewers, seeing [[spoiler:the Duke strangle Edmund]] is a MomentOfAwesome. The Duke himself is also far more interesting as a character.
* 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: It's storyline and everything about it is silly and ridiculous but it's still have its share of fans on how silly and ridiculous it is.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The sequences with the live-action Edmund in the animated world fall brutally short of the standards set by ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' just three years prior.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: [[Creator/GeoffreyChaucer Chaucer]] on Acid?!
** The few efforts to have things make sense actually make the whole thing ''more'' confusing!
* ToughActToFollow: Compared to Don Bluth's previous films, the films afterwards never became successful nor memorable as their predecessors. It also had to try to do this with Disney and Spielberg.
* WTHCastingAgency: Christopher Plummer as The Duke Of Owls.
** Hell, Glen Campbell as Chanticleer. Campbell's music was hardly Elvis-esque. It didn't do his career any favors in the end.
* 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.
* {{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 and the Swedish version having The Boppers and The Jordanaires certainly helps; the music went from awkward and dorky to AwesomeMusic thanks to Viggo Sandvik's and Jerry Williams brassy vocals.