* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Break-dancing in the mailroom.
** While walking in the woods Buddy gets attacked by a raccoon, which is never mentioned again.
* EarWorm: All together now: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYkHQkCZUTo Bom-bom-bom-bom-bom, Bom-ba-da-bom-bom]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Mr. Narwhal. He's actually voiced by Creator/JonFavreau!
** Arctic Puffin also has his fair share of fans.
* HeartwarmingMoments: Walter finally singing along to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," which powers the sleigh.
** Buddy names his daughter after his deceased biological mother.
* HilariousInHindsight: The first thing Miles Finch says to Buddy is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=02572EyOIzQ "I get more action in a week than you've had in an entire lifetime"]]. Of course he would, [[Creator/PeterDinklage he's]] ''[[Series/GameOfThrones Tyrion!]]'' Amusingly, his next line is about having another house in Vail (Colorado), which sounds like 'Vale'.
** It also wouldn't be the last time Mary Steenburgen would be a mother figure to a [[StepBrothers fish-out-of-water manchild played by Will Ferrell]].
** [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Will Ferrell building a giant LEGO city]].
* LoveItOrHateIt: Many people strongly dislike this movie and feel it features Will Ferrell at his worst, on the grounds that the movie is dull, cliched, and unappealing. Others, on the other hand, argue that this is actually Ferrell's best movie because for once, [[PlayingAgainstType he plays against type by portraying a likeable, sympathetic character with depth, as opposed to a one-dimensional sketch show type of character]], plus it's a Christmas movie that pays homage to nostalgia holiday movies and specials.
* MemeticMutation: "'''SANTAAAAA!!!!''' OH MY GOD!! I know him! I know him!"
** "But the children love the books!"
** "Ginormous!"
** "You sit on a throne of lies."
** "I'm a cotton-headed ninnymuggins."
** "Not now Arctic Puffin!"
* MomentOfAwesome: The SnowballFight scene.
* {{Narm}}: Zooey Deschanel's acting. You can tell that she's ''trying'', but she just sounds bored every time she speaks. Ditto for her singing.
* NarmCharm: The scene where everyone in New York sings ''Santa Claus Is Coming To Town''. It's cheesy in every way possible, but at the same time it's nice to see the whole city come together in song.
* NauseaFuel:
** Buddy peels a piece of gum off a subway entrance stair railing. And chews it. After Santa told him not to. (Santa told him not to eat the gum [[ExactWords from the]] '''[[LiteralMinded ground]]'''.)
** Spaghetti with maple syrup, marshmallows, Pop-Tarts, and other sugary things.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Brenda [=McDonald=], embodying every sweet, helpless little-old-lady and kind-hearted, heartbroken nun in movie history.
--> ''But the children love the books!''
** Creator/PeterDinklage's scene was mentioned in a lot in critic reviews as being the most memorable sequence of the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Buddy befriends [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Tirek]] in the mailroom.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Believe it or not, the Broadway musical version is considerably more adult than the movie, with an increase in language, sexual innuendos, and double entrendres.[[note]]Some critics are saying that it's more of a grown-up show anyway, and that the kids would only be interested in the scenery.[[/note]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/WillFerrell in a kid's movie? JamesCaan for a Christmas film? [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]] as Santa? [[note]]And believe it or not, that actually wasn't the first time![[/note]] Even Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031107/REVIEWS/311070302/1023 was surprised by how well that turned out.]]
* TheWoobie: Buddy had no idea how to function in society and most people treated him like a pariah. It doesn't help when his own father doesn't care or understand at first.

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