* ActorAllusion: Death, voiced by Ian Richardson, borrows the catchphrase of Richardson's best-known character, the devious protagonist of ''Series/{{House of Cards|UK}}'':
-->'''Death''': [[AC:You might very well think that]] [...] [[AC:but I couldn't possibly comment.]]
* BillingDisplacement: Creator/DavidJason, in the supporting role of Albert, gets top billing.
* CreatorCameo: The toy-maker at the end of the movie is Creator/TerryPratchett.
* DoingItForTheArt: Spent ''three hours'' on a movie just so it was almost word-for-word like the book. And the casting director has definitely earned their paycheck.
* ThrowItIn: Marc Warren's take on Teatime, which was inspired by Creator/JohnnyDepp's take on [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]]. In an interview, Warren instead decided to use Depp's Wonka voice because, well, he'd just come back from seeing it at the cinema with kids.