YMMV / Pod People

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Because the movie is attempting to play to the child demographic, they obviously can't show any gory or creative sorts of deaths. No gore means the movie can't appeal to fans of the Kill 'em All Horror genre. At the same time, because people do still drop like flies throughout the film's runtime, it's far too dark for kids.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The music-and-magic scene with all the things flying around. Right out of nowhere.
    • Especially egregious because you'd think a bunch of Reality Warper powers would come in handy when dealing with those poachers. They are never demonstrated by Trumpy's mother, or even by Trumpy except for that one segment.
  • Ear Worm: "Idiot Control Now!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Trumpy is actually a fairly likable character. It helps that he never speaks, and Crow projects a very bizarre personality onto him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Let your rock musician boyfriend walk all over you and have an affair with a groupie. Eventually, he'll get bored of her and return to you. (To be fair, he has the lame excuse that she's a producer's daughter, but really...)
    Crow: Yeah, try to be nice to your boyfriend's girlfriend.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The poachers mention someone named Bill who went legit and works with the rangers. Later, we're introduced to Tommy's uncle who is named Bill and has ranger friends. Also, while not close to what you'd call villainous, Uncle Bill does have enough of a Jerkass streak that you could picture him fitting right in with the three poachers if he had been a friend of theirs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hollywood Homely: One of the band girls complains that she's the only one with no boyfriend because she's not pretty. She isn't any worse looking than the other girls.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Given that Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes a Trumpy/Donald Trump joke, it was only natural that mash-ups of Trumpy and Trump would start showing up for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
      • In fact, when this aired as part of the Turkey Day 2016 Marathon, the Trump references on social media were very frequent.
    • (okay sign) "It stinks!" note 
    • "Idiot Control Now!" note 
  • Mondegreen: Pretty much the entire "Hear the Engines Roar Now" song. The reason it's so susceptible to mondegreens is that the Spanish composer is singing the song, dubbing Ian Sera, and trying to hide a thick Spanish accent.
  • The Scrappy: Tommy and the fake band. So, almost the entire cast.
  • Ugly Cute: Trumpy once again.
  • Uncanny Valley: Tommy's dubbed voice doesn't fit him at all. It's actually quite unsettling.
  • Values Dissonance: In Spain, the "OK" sign means "That was worthless" (it's not an "ok" sign, it's a zero). So Rick's sudden switch from giving an OK sign and smiling to "It stinks!" makes a bit more sense (and his smile was obviously sarcastic).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Going forward, here's a tip for any meddling idiot executives: If you're going to doll up a crappy monster movie into a crappy kid's monster movie, you may want to also consider reducing the amount of horrible deaths by about 100%.