The Duke is actually an Eldritch AbominationThe tornado is his true form, a being personifying the darkness in air.
The ending was part of the kid's dream.
The ending was part of the kid's dying dream.
Don Bluth was on crack.Seriously.
The Duke faked the Sunrise with his organ.Even if he doesn't use it much, it still may have a "sunny setting".
Edmund is a Reality Warper.His belief in the story of Chanticleer makes it real, and his fear of the Duke allows him to manifest in the Real World. The Duke has his own reality warping abilities, senses Edmund's power, and attempts to neutralize it by transforming him into a helpless kitten. Edmund, however, continues to subconsciously flex his influence over the storybook world. The Duke becomes an increasingly Large Ham with a Weaksauce Weakness to light and an affinity for Villain Songs (Narmish lyrics provided by Edmund). Chanticleer becomes an Affectionate Parody of Elvis because Edmund's heard his songs, and he strikes it big in the city because that's what Edmund came up with to explain why he hadn't come back to the farm. Goldie falls in love with Chanticleer despite her earlier anger and jealousy because Edmund thinks they're in love. Peepers died in the crash; the nightmare sequence immediately following is Edmund rejecting that reality and substituting his own. Ultimately, the Duke decides to kill him and end the threat that way; unfortunately, he acted after Edmund had invoked The Power of Friendship, allowing Patou and the others to pick up where he left off and then bring him back. Now, the question remains: did Edmund jump over into the storybook world at the end, or did he flex his powers and transform the real farm into the storybook one...?
Edmond died when the tree crashed into his room.The rest of the movie is the bizarre afterlife he created for himself.
The Grand Duke is Voldemort's owl.This might explain how he has magic powers.
The reason the sun didn't rise...
The Grand Duke made the movie non-sensical and a flop.After battling the heroic Chanticleer, he decided to take the guy down with him. In spite, he went to Don Bluth and gave him the script, utterly changing everything in order to mess up the heroes and ruin Chant's showbiz career.
The movie wasn't a dream...When the Duke turns Edmond into a kitten and breathes all over his room, making it into a fully animated backdrop, he's actually transporting Edmond into another dimension where The Duke and Chanticleer live. This explains why the city is actually populated by furries instead of humans. At the end where Edmond is turned back into a human and wakes up in his own world (The part where we believe it was all just a dream), Hunch kills the Duke off screen, making all of his magic wear off and transports Edmond back into the real world. Chanticleer could've had some magic of his own, which allowed Edmond to visit the farm animals for one last time during the last musical number at the end.
It really is a good movie ...It's just so ahead of its time that most people won't appreciate it until 20+ years from now.
There may be a reason why his mom didn't believe EdmundRemember that the Grand Duke has his magical breath? Well, what if when Edmund tried to call out for Chanticleer, the Duke, before arriving to Edmund, actually used his breath around the farm and turned them to stone until the sun came out and drained the water? Perhaps this is why Edmund's family never believed him because the Grand Duke probably turned them to stone in anger when he heard Chanticleer's name being called out. But this is just this troper's guess. What do you think?