These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Of course, they would stress the importance of physical labor on their farm, and most kids aren't exactly leaping at the chance to bale hay or plow fields. And as for going entirely without TV...
Alternative Character Interpretation: Either North is a wonderful child whose parents don't appreciate him, or a raging egotist who doesn't get other cultures. Consider the fact that all the cultures depicted in the dream would seem to indicate that is how he views them, not how they really are. This would seem to indicate the kid's a bigot, and, especially in light of his reputedly high intelligence (i.e., he should know better but apparently chooses not to), subsequently less sympathetic.
Author's Saving Throw: Say what you will about the ending being a cop out, but at the very least it's a safety net for all the stereotypes portrayed through it.
The over-the-top musical number sung by Ma and Pa Tex, set to the tune of the BonanzaTitle Theme Tune. (Note that Bonanza was set in Nevada.)
As North's plane lands in Alaska, it slowly drops its speed as it gets closer and closer to the airport building, finally lightly bumping off the window. Cut to the next scene.
The Eskimo family starts whistling the theme to The Andy Griffith Show — the entire theme — for the sole, flimsy sight gag that Andy his son Opie would be shown fishing to this song over the opening credits.
In the offices of the pants factory, there are men engaging things such as golfing, dancing and chopping down trees set against suitable backdrops. This is never explained in anyway or implied to have meaning. Possibly a case of Fridge Brilliance since this is all a dream, perhaps that's what North thinks working at a pants factory somehow entails.
Making cracks about your wife being barren to children while she's standing right next to you is in poor taste.
Don't forget that her name is Mrs. Ho. Isn't the irony hilarious?
Kind of lampshaded by the dirty look she gives him afterward.
Saying the horrific death of your overweight son was a "mighty big loss."
And to top that off, we then immediately get a happy-go-lucky, over the top musical number with the lyrics "We had a son who was trampled by a ton of longhorns!" What. The. Hell?
The billboard with North's crack on it came off as incredibly creepy, and not at all funny, especially since it includes a lingering shot of it.
It was in fact a blatant reference/parody to a 1950s-era Coppertone ad◊, though why an octopus is still up in the air.
The scene where the Eskimos exile their elders into icebergs. What truly makes it tasteless beyond belief is how this is pretty much treated as heartlessly as possible, with a guy hurrying people along. Appearently, saying goodbye to your grandparents you'll never see again is time-wasting...
Even when the movie was being produced, they were already famous for Seinfeld (made by Castle Rock Entertainment, which also produced this movie), also making it an example of What The Hell, Casting Agency?.
John Munch has somehow made his way to the Arctic and is taking tickets for the Eskimo elders' abandonment on the ice floes.
To say nothing of Kathy Bates being sprayed brown and given a cheap black wig and pretending to be an Eskimo.
Unfortunate Implications: The "all just a dream" ending means that the highly unflattering representations of the different cultures are based entirely on North's mental image of them, and therefore, North is a gigantic fucking racist.
On top of that, the American suburban family is painted in a significantly more positive light than any of the other cultures.
Not to mention the bit where his adoptive parent puts up a tourist adnote Billboards are illegal in Hawaii with an octopus pulling down North's trunks and exposing his underage crack to tourists in hope to make them come to Hawaii. What could have happened to him to make him imagine such things in the first place?
It could have been something as simple as his having seen ads for Coppertone suntan oil. They used to feature a child on the beach, with a dog pulling down the bottom half of her bathing suit and showing her crack. Values Dissonance didn't used to consider that child pornography.