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.
  • 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: Trumpy is compared to a cross between a bear and a pig. Add a man in there and you might be getting somewhere...
  • Mondegreen: Pretty much the entire, "Burning Rubber Tires" song
  • The Scrappy: Tommy and the fake band. So, almost the entire cast.
  • Ugly Cute: Trumpy once again.
  • 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%.