- Alternate Character Interpretation: Pollyanna seems like an extremely good junior version of a Stepford Smiler. At least until she starts to move toward the Despair Event Horizon.
- Fridge Horror: Pollyanna is crippled because she was trying to grab her doll off the roof. It was Mrs Snow who made sure she got the doll in the first place. The look on the poor woman's face at the end as Pollyanna looks away from her suggests she might have heard about it.
- Girl-Show Ghetto: Walt Disney attributed the movie's relatively disappointing performance to the possibility that the title attracted more females than males.