- 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. Pumbaa himself, Ernie Sabella, plays the technician at the pound.
- 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: British Lee Evans as Lars.
- Fan Nickname: