For the animated series:
- Dueling Shows: With Recess (which should be pretty obvious to '90s kids).
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Good luck with that. The show hasn't seen a DVD release, and hasn't been aired on television in years.
For the film:
- Dueling Movies: With The Cabin in the Woods. Both films are post-modern, Genre-Busting takes on the horror genre, and both were released the same weekend.
- Playing Against Type: Dane Cook, best known as a vulgar comic popular with the frat-house set, playing the Dean Bitterman principal.
- Unintentional Period Piece: To the point where the opening scene is as much a "Mister Sandman" Sequence for 2011 as the actual sequence we get later in the film for 1992. One of the gags in that scene, the line "your lack of faith in the durability of Kesha is disturbing", seems like the sort of thing that had to have been written years later as a parody of the early '10s given how quickly Kesha vanished from the limelight (and specifically why she vanished). The rest of the film is likewise a satire of contemporary youth culture, particularly the '90s nostalgia that was rising at the time.