* AdaptationDisplacement: The number of people who have even heard of the original 1943 book by Beth Brown, much less read it, could be counted on one hand. The book itself is exceedingly rare, and it can fetch up to hundreds of dollars on amazon.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Did Charlie really mean it when he told Itchy that [[spoiler: they'd use Anne-Marie for all she was worth than then dump her in an orphanage]], or was he just telling Itchy what he wanted to hear?
* AwesomeMusic: Say what you will about the songs--or Burt Reynolds's skill at singing--but "Let Me Be Surprised" is pretty darn good.
** While most of the songs in the Christmas special range from passable to awful, "I Always Get Emotional At Christmastime" is an excellent, almost Broadway-quality showstopper, not to mention one that works in the favor of both actors: not too rangey for Charles Nelson Riely, but it allows former ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' star Bebe Neuwirth to stretch her pipes.
*** Double towards the song Clean Up Your Act from the special. It's really catchy and the singer is having fun!
* BaseBreaker: Anne-Marie is either a loveable [[TheWoobie woobie]] HeartwarmingOrphan, or a TastesLikeDiabetes SympathySue.
** She probably is the latter to Charlie initially.
* BrokenBase: Was this considered part of DonBluth's "good" period before [[DorkAge his string of especially bad movies]] in the 90s, or did the "bad" period start with this one?
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Belladonna's part of ''I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time''. It really has nothing to do with the plot and kind of comes out of nowhere, as the musical number is Killer's until she shows up and her part is mainly just to make it longer.
* CommonKnowledge: Ironically, while King Gator's out of place music number sticks in people's mind, they generally forget that [[spoiler: King Gator ''does'', in fact, [[ChekhovsGunman return to defeat Carface and]] ''attempt'' to save Charlie (who dies from losing his life watch, nevertheless).]] The musical number is so distracting that it's also easy to forget that the whole thing started out as an homage to Film/KingKong.
* CriticalBacklash: While the film has retroactively gained a loyal fanbase and good reception, the films initial release was widely panned by critics, so much so that Bluth's American tour to promote the film was ended very early, according to his online biography.
* CryForTheDevil - Ghost Of Christmas Past in ''The Christmas Carol'' reveals that Carface had a rather tragic past that certainly makes one feel sorry for him.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g710mN4YNw "What's mine! Is yours! What's yours! Is mine! The more your share! The more the sun will shine!"]]
** Many reviews cited songs like this as the key reason why ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' pwned this movie.
** "You Can't Keep A Good Dog Down"
** ''It feels so good to be bad ! So delicious to be a despicable cad ! It's just so thrilling and so fulfilling to give somebody the worst time they've ever had ! It feels so good to be bad !''.
*** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdWCzO9GR78 Castilian version]] would also count. Bonus points for being the same actor that sang [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWbGm-P5PUY Clean Up Your Act]].
** And, ''Let's make music together! Let's make sweet harmony! Ohhh!''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Grand Chawhee.
** A more straight example would be King Gator, for obvious reasons.
** Sasha La Fleur has a massive internet following, to the point where some people were surprised that she was created solely for the sequel.
** From the TV series, Belladonna.
* HarsherInHindsight: Learning [[TearJerker what]] [[OffingTheOffspring happened]] to Anne-Marie's voice actress can definitely make certain aspects of the first film seem like this.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the supporting characters in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is a musically inclined, New Orleans big lipped alligator.
** Also, Ken Page voices a [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas big fat green overacting character who was about to eat one of the heroes.]]
** In the sequel, Ernest Borgnine plays a character who is [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants EEEEEE-VIIIIIIILLLLLLL!!!!!]]
* JerkassWoobie:
** Killer is a textbook example of this. It's especially notable in the animated series episode "Sidekicked" where he constantly badmouths and insults Itchy yet feels depressed over the fact that his boss, Carface will most likely leave him to rot at the pound.
** Charlie Barkin. He's a con artist and a compulsive liar but he literally goes to hell and back in the first movie. The Woobie part of him is downplayed in the animated series but it still shows up every now and then, like when he talks about never celebrating a birthday in "An Itch In Time".
* {{Moe}}: Anne-Marie
* MostAnnoyingSound: Any time a non-singing actor is given a song, in both the original and the sequels. It's unfortunately the only thing all of them have in common.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The game on Amiga and DOS is just a collection of poorly programmed mini-games tied together with cutscenes. And the horrific ear-bleeding sound combined with the three colors it runs in practically defines SensoryAbuse.
* SequelDisplacement: Because of the utter lack of continuity between the first film and everything that followed it, many are surprised to realize that Sasha, one of the most popular characters of the series, was not in the original, or that the Heavenly Whippet [[NoNameGiven didn't have a name.]]
* SoOkayItsAverage: Maybe not Bluth's best movie, but it's certainly not his worst. The sequel and TV show also have a sizable fan base of people who feel this way about it.
* UncannyValley: Anne-Marie sometimes falls into this (keep in mind that, video games notwithstanding, this was Don Bluth's first time animating a major human character). Of particular note is that close-up shot of her close to the end, where she looks more like a porcelain doll that a human being.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: This undoubtedly has to be Creator/DonBluth's darkest film. It has relatively small "kid-friendly" scenes in between the controversial themes of gambling, first degree murder, theft, drinking, terrifying images of {{Hell}} and {{Satan}}, and the real clincher, [[spoiler:killing the main protagonist at the end]], which is unheard of in Western animation for children.
* TheWoobie: Anne-Marie. The RealitySubtext doesn't make it any better.
** Itchy, after his run-in with Carface near the end of the movie. The animated series ups his Woobie status even further, showing him as being the victim of an abusive owner and in the episode "Fearless Fido", he has a PTSD reaction to ferris wheels due to a traumatic event he had as a pup.
** Charlie, though he can border on JerkassWoobie at times also counts. After being put through hell and having to say goodbye to Anne-Marie with tears rolling down his face, he most definitely needs a hug.
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