YMMV: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
- Adaptation Displacement: There's quite a lot of people unaware all the songs in the special are a huge chunk of the other Dr. Elmo Christmas songs.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Every musical sequence, although one has the excuse of Grandpa being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander. The only song that truly has much connection to the story and is actually referred to is the title song.
- The ET reference that lasts for all of ten seconds when Jake meets the elf in his room.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: It may have been random, but there's something oddly endearing about Grandpa's song, wherein his supposedly dead wife is being comforted by deceased celebrities in Heaven.
Grandpa: Grandma's spending Christmas with the super stars
Since that reindeer ran her down that fateful night
Grandma's hanging out with all those late great stars
For the heavenliest Christmas of her life!
- Dude, Not Funny!: At one point during Jake's search for Grandma, Daphne actually tells Jake to give up looking for her in probably the coldest tone ever. It's pretty jarring in an otherwise family friendly movie.
- Ear Worm: The Villain Song is the bad kind.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Cousin Mel.
- Evil Is Sexy: Cousin Mel.
- Idiot Plot: The excuse that Santa gives as to why he didn't bring Grandma back is because since she has amnesia they don't know who she is. That is a really crappy excuse seeing as how after they made sure she was okay, they could've just come back to the same spot she was run over, and asked the people nearby as to who this woman is. Instead he just leaves her at the North Pole for an entire year, and apparently during that whole time doesn't check missing persons reports to try to figure out who she is. Kind of makes you wonder if the court was right to let him go.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Santa didn't have to take Grandma to the North Pole anyways. He could have called for help note or just left her there and the family would have found her on the front lawn within minutes & gotten her medical attention at a local hospital, where they'd at least know where she was. Instead, he abducts her and leaves a note like he had dented someone's car, not run down an old woman.
- Memetic Mutation: No pantalones.
- Moral Event Horizon: The fact that Cousin Mel was perfectly willing to poison innocent strangers just to get Grandma to sell the store put her over the line.
- Most Annoying Sound: Grandma's voice is incredibly high-pitched and nasal. Plus the song, love it or hate it, is one hell of an Ear Worm.
- So Bad, It's Good: The voice acting sounds, at times, incredibly stilted and several characters were given actors that aren't well-suited for the part; the jokes and puns are almost always groan-inducing; and the animation isn't anywhere near as fluid as it could have been. Even so, it's really hard to dislike this special, Adored by the Network notwithstanding, mostly because of issues with the production.
- It doesn't hurt that Cousin Mel is incredibly hot. As is Grandma.
- What an Idiot: After spending so much time with an Amoral Attorney, you'd think Cousin Mel would know better than to just suddenly confess literally EVERYTHING.
- Possibly justified, as Cousin Mel is pretty much It's All About Me personified. Naturally the moment things were turning against her, she'd confess to try and get a lighter sentence.
- Not to mention all the evidence against her.
- She was pretty much boxed into a corner at that moment, so what else could she have done?
- Well, for one thing, she could've refrained from telling the court of details of the evidence against her that had not even been uncovered yet. Anyone with a ounce of common sense would've conferred with her lawyer before saying another word.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's harmless and kid-friendly for the most part, but some of the jokes might get you asking this question.