Crosses the Line Twice: The movie runs on this trope. For instance: the Running Gag of a neighbor child being the victim of wacky slapstick—but with realistic, bloody injuries.
Cult Classic: This movie ended up becoming one in the years since its release, with many people appreciating the conceptual art element to it.
Ear Worm: All together now... Daddy, would you like some sausage? Daddy, would you like some saus-a-ges...
Escapist Character: Gord. Despite getting rejected from his dream job and abused by his dad, he still gets a hot girlfriend who would rather give him blowjobs than go out to expensive places; and in the end, he gets to be an animator anyway, which pays him $1 million upfront (and it's implied that he didn't have to do anything outside of creating the characters) and gained him a cult following.
First, there's the horse-wank. Repeated later with an elephant.
Then the deer carcass.
Then Darren's graphically broken leg. "The wrong shoes", indeed.
Then the birth.
Then the cutting (read: biting) of the baby's umbilical cord.
When Betty tries to give Gord a blowjob, we see Gord's own umbilical cord is taped to his stomach for some reason.
Gord's dad tries to proposition his mother by making some very freaky faces. Plus, we see his wrinkled old ass.
The Zebra-Man cartoon isn't immune to this, either. The promo shows Gord's Author Avatar getting his jaw ripped off by his father, then he's roped to the back of a car and driven around with what's left of his face getting ground up by the road.
The movie ends with a little boy getting chopped up by a propeller. He survives, but with the amount blood he'd lost, he'll probably die before they can get him to a hospital.
Older Than They Think: Grossed out by Rip Torn pulling his pants down and showing off his ass? You probably shouldn't watch Chinatown, where he has a nude scene.
Retroactive Recognition: Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski animated the Zebras In America scene.note Interestingly enough, his work on the film led to him naming his animation company Titmouse (after his then-current business as a t-shirt design company) because his contract wouldn't allow his salary to go to a singular person.
Along with Ebert's quote at the top of the main page, A.O. Scott of the New York Times stated that several skits, such as "The Backwards Man" and the infamous "Sausage Piano" scene may have qualified for a National Endowment for the Arts grant if they weren't from a Hollywood film, and said that they might still go on to appear in the New York Museum of Modern Art someday.
In-Universe. This is how the Hollywood executive sees Gord's cartoon pitch.
Vindicated by History: In a sense; the film is still ranked low on many websites and is still considered one of the worst films ever made, but reaction to it has been more kind in the ensuing years, as The New York Times was one of the few publications that gave it a positive review, it has sold well on DVD and even Roger Ebert later commended Green for the ambition shown in actually making the film.
The Woobie: The titular Freddy. He already has to deal with his father and older brother, but due to an ugly rumor, he is sent away to a home for abused children, even after he insists that he wasn't. Worse, by the end of the film, he's still there! It was a nice home and all, and the children there are getting the help they need and are handling it well, but still...
Darren. Basically every injury or hardship he goes through is because of Gord.
Julie, having to interact with her constantly angry husband, one son being a Manchild and the other apparently being molested by her husband and sent away.
Gord and Jim are moreso of the Jerkass Woobie variety, namely in dealing with their respective crappy lives and their interactions with each other.