- Moral Event Horizon: For most of the short, Hugh is a bully who scares other into working for him, but he undoubtably goes too far when he starts assaulting Daphne and nearly kills Tiny.
- Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Hugh soul being taken away by the ghostly organist, who rises out of the orchestra pit and, presumably, takes him to hell.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: In addition to the excellent character animation, especially on the dogs, which were mere inches high, making them notoriously difficult to animate, there's also the double-exposed Mr. Hugh being taken away by the glowing, ghostly organist.
- The Woobie: Tiny. To a lesser extent, Daphne.