YMMV / Samson and Sally

  • Angst? What Angst?: Sally watched her parents die, as well as some of her friends, but she seems none the worse for wear. This could arguably apply to Samson, who loses his mother in one scene but appears to forget about her by the next
  • Anvilicious: The Green Aesop of this movie is NOT subtle
  • Big Dancing Walrus Moment: A pair of walruses put on a dance routine around a broken down oilrig, and end up getting radiation sickness. Never mentioned ever again.
    • Weirdly enough, considering the tone of the movie, doubles as an Ear Worm
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • Whenever a killer whale gets beaten by a bigger whale.
    • When Samson and Sally need to escape from a whaler, the seagull comes to their rescue. He screws with the whaler, manages to tie him up in his own harpoon line, then shits on his head. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The slow jam that plays as Samson swims around the sunken New York ruins.
  • Fridge Logic: So, the environment is destroyed to the point that part of the ocean is on fire and whole cities have sunk into the ocean. What does mankind decide to do? Go whaling! Could be Fridge Brilliance if most of the land animals are killed off and whales are one of the last sources of food, but then you see that we still have Polar Bears, animals that are in danger of extinction now.
    • Also, how is Moby Dick still alive? This movie takes place in the future. How far is up to debate, but New York looks like it's been under for a while. And he would have been well over a hundred even in modern times!
      • There have been cases of live whales found with antique, 200 year old harpoons lodged in them. They can last for quite a while, although his longevity is indeed improbable.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many who watched the movie as children were understandably terrified by a few scenes:
    • Some prints were so dark that a few scenes were almost pitch-black. Samson and Sally exploring the sunken ship largely looked like a black screen with the occasional surreal, creepy image popping out.
    • When the pod dives to go under the oil slick and escape the whalers, the nigh-total darkness and tense music make the threat of the whales dying very apparent. It culminates in one member of the pod being unable to hold his breath any longer, rising to the surface to breathe, and then promptly suffocating and sinking down into the abyss as his blowhole becomes clogged with oil. A bird is also seen trapped in the oil, flopping about on the surface before it sinks out of sight.
    • Samson getting sick and passing out at the toxic waste site. He's rescued by the blue whale, but that whale gives a few brief shudders, indicating he's not so well himself. He's later found dead.
    • The Killer Whales are pretty scary in general. they look much more shark-like than actual killer whales and behave like ravenous beasts.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Samson's mother, although the over all lack of importance it has in the story might dampen it.
    • The smiling whale even moreso. It's all in the sad look Sampson gives when he realizes what has happened