YMMV / Johnny Tremain

  • Anvilicious: Generally averted. While the American colonists are generally shown to be in the right, and the British government to be mismanaging and mistreating them, the book goes out of its way to establish their flawed reasoning, and heavily humanizes the British military within Boston. Johnny struggles all book with the thought of having to kill good men serving a bad cause. And while many of the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Observers are shown in a very positive light, Sam Adams in particular is portrayed as a rabble-rouser with an axe to grind, caring less about any high-minded ideals than starting a ruckus for ruckus's own sake.
  • Ear Worm: The Liberty Tree song in the Disney movie.
  • Ho Yay: There's plenty of Johnny/Rab fanfic out there.
  • One-Scene Wonder: James Otis, after a whole book of being mocked and belittled by the other characters as a mentally-unstable loser while remaining off-page, gets a whole scene to himself at that last fateful meeting of the Boston Observers before the fighting starts. And, by God, it's a belter.
  • Special Effects Failure: The film includes some very obvious matte paintings.
  • Squick: When Johnny accidentally put his hand into molten silver, the scar tissue fused his fingers together.
    • The fingers still work, the problem is that they didn't get a real doctor and the herb-woman wrapped his thumb into the palm, and it healed that way, so no thumb-action. Dr. Warren says he can fix it, when he finally gets a good look at it at the very end of the book. Probably not good enough to go back to smithing, and no one's going to be doing smithwork for a while now, but good enough to hold a gun at least.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The movie was released in 1957 and it's quite easy to see some of the political rhetoric in a pro-American Cold War context, particularly when James Otis describes how it will be America's mission to bring freedom to the world and refers to the "serfs of Russia" as some of the people in need of said freedom. Walt Disney was a fervent and well-known anti-communist.
    • Even earlier than that, the book was released in 1943, when the United States was mired in the Second World War to aid its ally, England. The book depicts the English as noble and honorable souls, except for the Lytes. One character in the Sons of Liberty meetings even says something about how their generation has a glorious cause to fight for, and not all generations are so lucky. This portrayal of the English is retained in the film, possibly because Walt was something of an Anglophile.