* AccidentalNightmareFuel: Many who watched the movie as children were understandably terrified by a few scenes:
** Some prints were so dark that a few scenes were almost pitch-black. Samson and Sally exploring the sunken ship largely looked like a black screen with the occasional surreal, creepy image popping out.
** When the pod dives to go under the oil slick and escape the whalers, the nigh-total darkness and tense music make the threat of the whales dying ''very'' apparent. It culminates in one member of the pod being unable to hold his breath any longer, rising to the surface to breathe, and then [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath promptly suffocating and sinking down into the abyss as his blowhole becomes clogged with oil]].
** Samson getting sick and passing out at the toxic waste site. He's rescued by the blue whale, but [[spoiler: that whale gives a few brief shudders, indicating he's not so well himself. He's later found dead.]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Sally watched her parents die, as well as some of her friends, but she seems none the worse for wear. This could arguably apply to [[spoiler:Samson.]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: The GreenAesop of this movie is NOT subtle
* [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Dancing Walrus Moment]]: A pair of walruses put on a dance routine around a broken down oilrig, and end up getting [[FridgeHorror radiation sickness]]. Never mentioned ''ever'' again.
** Weirdly enough, considering the tone of the movie, doubles as an EarWorm
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Whenever a killer whale gets beaten by a bigger whale.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The slow jam that plays as Samson swims around [[spoiler:the sunken New York ruins.]]
* FridgeLogic: So, the environment is destroyed to the point that [[spoiler:part of the ocean is ''on fire'' and whole cities have sunk into the ocean]]. What does mankind decide to do? Go whaling! Could be FridgeBrilliance if most of the land animals are killed off and whales are one of the last sources of food, but then you see that we still have Polar Bears, animals that are in danger of extinction ''now''.
** Also, how is [[spoiler:Moby Dick]] still alive? This movie takes place in the [[spoiler:future. How far is up to debate, but New York looks like it's been under for a while]]. And he would have been well over a hundred even in modern times!
*** There have been cases of live whales found with antique, 200 year old harpoons lodged in them. They can last for quite a while, although his longevity is indeed improbable.
* TakeThat: The animator Jannik Hastrup depicts [[spoiler:a sunken New York City]] in this film. With a look at a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-Azo-RW8g previous work]], it was something against [[EagleLand the United States]].
* TearJerker: The death of [[spoiler:Samson's mother]], although the over all lack of importance it has in the story might dampen it.
** [[spoiler:The smiling whale even moreso. It's all in the sad look Sampson gives when he realizes what has happened]]