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* AmericansHateTingle: In Germany this film was rather well-received. Americans seem to hate it though.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: There are several good examples, but especially the dream sequence and the song Columbus sings on the accordion.
** The song from the beginning of the movie counts as well. It starts out as an average PowerOfFriendship song... until a woman selling pies, a random kid, and a horse get their own verses, too.
* CrazyAwesome: Columbus at times
* CriticalResearchFailure: The ending implies that Columbus landed in what would become New York, when a cursory glance through any history book will tell you it was the Caribbean. To make matters more confusing, the geography, climate and local culture seems to be far more similar to Central America.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[NoodleIncident So that's what happened to fishy!]]
** "Stroke... Stroke... Stroke... I'm gonna have a stroke!"
** "Mm-mmm...That was gross."
** "I, whoever I am, claim this land in the name of... What's-Her-Name!"
** "Of all the stupid, ridiculous, insane...out, before I roast your head on a stick!"
** "What was that scream?"
*** "Maybe we ran over a fish?"
*** "Well then, someone else should drive."
** Columbus's song [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment is so absurd and comes from so far out of left field]] that for some viewers it may be ActuallyPrettyFunny.
* CultClassic: While it is seen as a bad film, it has developed a great enough cult to warrant a DVD release
* FightSceneFailure: In the palace, there is a terrible fight scene where a few of the Swarm Lord's minions try to grab the Princess while Pico swings back and forth on a rope.
* HilariousInHindsight: If you've read the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 5th edition Tyranid codex]], at any rate. The bad guy in this movie is called the Swarm Lord. ''[[HordeOfAlienLocusts The]] '''[[TheChessmaster Swarm]] [[HeroKiller Lord.]]'''''
* NightmareFuel:
** Some of the images in Columbus' dream are a little too bizarre for their own good. Including one part where he seemingly pulls a telescope out of his ''crotch''.
** The Swarm Lord can be pretty unsettling at times, especially when he's attacking the ship.
* TheyJustDidntCare: By the time the fairy plot comes in, you wonder if the makers even knew who Columbus was.
* UnfortunateImplications: The ending scene seems to imply that a big city with skyscrapers is a lot nicer than a peaceful-looking, natural forest area.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Aside from multiple instances of suggestive imagery and innuendos (most infamously the ''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext penis telescope]]''), the film also contains an attempted hanging and a surprisingly graphic near drowning, both entirely onscreen. Also, a possible attempt on Columbus' life [[FridgeHorror that was suggested by the evil adviser when he comes back]] and a mutiny that is played seriously.

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