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.
Adaptation Displacement: This movie is very loosely based on a little-known play called ''Chanticler'' written by Edmond Rostand. In the play, a rooster named Chanticler is the protagonist, the Goldie character is a non-anthropomorphic pheasant, Edmond and the magical elements are completely absent, and both Patou and the Grand Duke appear (although both have significantly smaller roles than they do in the movie). Most significantly, Chanticler's crowing does not make the sun rise, and he accepts that.
Alas, Poor Scrappy: Annoying as he sounded, you can't help but feel a little sad when Edmund gets strangled to almost near death by the Duke.
Animation Age Ghetto: Although Siskel & Ebert mostly pointed out the flawed plot, they both griped about the amount of violence and darkness in the film, saying that violence does not belong in a children's film. One has to wonder what made them think this was strictly a children's film. Maybe because it's animated. They made the same complaints for most of Don Bluth's previous films as well.
While most of the songs do actually serve the plot, there are a handful of very short and completely unnecessary ones. The most notorious of these would have to be the bouncer's song and the Duke's "They're Running Out Of Batteries" song.
Cult Classic: Despite its flaws, its a decent children's film that tries to tell an interesting story. (Emphasis on tries)
Ensemble Dark Horse: The people who like this movie tend to like the Duke's hilariously psychotic nephew, Hunch. Let's be honest, though, did you really care about how this boy who got turned into a kitten was going to find this big rooster so he can bring up the sun again, or did you wonder why the nutty little owl is so desparate for his uncle's affection? Also the Duke.
Jeepers, I'm a furry! (The line is actually "I'm all furry", but the kid's acting makes it sound very different.)
Moral Event Horizon: The Duke has done a lot of nasty Kick the Dog moves throughout the film. However, he finally crossed it when he tries to kill Edmund by strangling him and even mocking him for his loss.
Narm: Really scary owl designed to be a really intimidating villain pukes Lucky Charms. And, as already mentioned, his sidekick calls him "Uncle Dukie."
The fact that the Duke can be driven away by a flashlight makes him even less threatening.
Not to mention that weird subplot with the dog Patou struggling to tie his shoes.
Best line ever when taken out of context: "And now I'm licking myself!"
"IT'S AN AQUEDUCT PIIIIPE!"
Multiple inflections of, "Oh, no!" from the aforementioned furry throughout the movie.
GIANT TWEE! A HUNDWED FEET AND CLOOOSSIIIING!
Patou's almost demonic whispering of "Chanticleer"
The owl henchmen. They sing amusingly stupid songs and one of them prances to the table with a picnic basket during their last song, the same owl and another owl show a psychotic look◊ during the same song, the second song they sing is about batteries and it's only about twenty seconds long, and if you pay close attention to them when Edmond shines the helicopter light on them, they cling to each other.
Thanks to his hilarious Elmuh Fudd Syndwome, almost everything Edmund says is narm, or just annoying depending on your opinion.
"Attention owls, this is Edmund. We have Chanticleer!"
The big chase scene isn't nearly as dramatic as it could be.
The Scrappy: Edmund. Nobody likes him, probably due to his voice and lisp. Made even worse by the fact he's the lead character.