- Actor Allusion:
This is Nathan Lane. You loved him in The Birdcage.
- Ernie, played by Nathan Lane, says "Hakuna Matata" to a vaguely ethnic foreigner at the auction. Lane voices Timon in The Lion King movies. Furthermore, the technician they deal with at the pound is played by Ernie Sabella, the voice of Pumbaa.
- A very blunt one in the trailer:
- Breakaway Pop Hit: The film's original score, specifically its main title, has found extensive use outside the context of the film, being used in movie trailers, TV commercials, as well as other films.
- Fake American: Lee Evans as Lars.
- Fan Nickname: