YMMV / The Love Bug

  • Awesome Music: From The Love Bug, the introductory montage of a demolition derby (from the film Fireball 500) set to a medley of Johann Strauss II's "Tik Tak Polka" and the overture to "Die Fledermaus".
  • Ear Worm: Herbie's theme song, which is usually played during Herbie's many racing montages.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the first film, Mr. Wu's full name is Tang Wu, which means in Chinese, his name is Wu Tang.
    • An early trailer for Disney Blu-Ray Discs suggested that Herbie: Fully Loaded would become Herbie's first movie to receive a BD release. From 2014-'15, the Disney Movie Club unveiled exclusive Blu-Ray Discs of all of Herbie's movies except Fully Loaded.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Thorndyke crosses it when he sabotages Herbie at Riverside and steals victory from Douglas. Hawk seems to have made a living crossing the line just to serve his own ego, but takes it a step farther when he nearly demolishes the firehouse with Mrs. Steinmetz and Mr. Judson still inside.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The random, obnoxious sound of Herbie's car horn during the end credits of Herbie Goes Bananas. Worse still, it does not even sound like his horn.
  • Narm Charm: Dean Jones singing the theme song to Herbie The Matchmaker. It's cheesy, it's corny, but damn it, it's Herbie!
    • The film series as a whole. Who would have thought a film involving a man coaxing a car out of suicide would seriously work? How about one where a car has to babysit a little pickpocket through Central America? It just works!
  • Sequelitis: Each sequel proved less and less successful as time passed, but Herbie Goes Bananas kept Herbie on the lot for the next 25 years before his next big-screen appearance.
  • Special Effect Failure: The 53 gumball on Herbie's door is absent in the original film's "balancing" scene. It was a conscious choice: the bottom of the door had to be cropped so the car could clear the ground to do the stunt, which including the number would have called attention to. An odd example in that it isn't conspicuous in the film itself (it's excusable for the time period and barely noticeable in the scene itself), but a still from the scene was heavily circulated promotion and merchandising of the film, even continuing to be used when the movie was released on video.
    • The 1997 film contains quite a bit of Conspicuous CG, mostly involving Horace. It also shows up in some of Herbie's stunts, and the reveal of Simon's factory.
    • And, of course, the ever ubiquitous Driving a Desk shots.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Jason Torchinsky, a writer for Jalopnik, found out that George Bruns, the first film's composer, may have ripped Herbie's theme song from an obscure John Barry track. Listen for yourselves!
  • Uncanny Valley: Horace and its facial expressions.
    • Ditto with Herbie in Herbie: Fully Loaded, even in some scenes that could have been done with practical effects.
    • Herbie trying to woo Giselle in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. His flashing yellow headlights, flapping trunk door and soot-covered "face" make him look positively insane. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't do much for Giselle either.
    • You were also unnerved by the blue eyes that Herbie had on the movie collection image on the Film page, weren't you?
  • Values Dissonance: A lot of the humor involving Mr. Wu and Chinese culture.
    • The scene where Herbie traps Carole at the drive in combines this with Harsher in Hindsight. Imagine you're watching this play out in real life. A car pulls up at a restaurant with a man and a woman inside. The woman wants out but can't get the door open. She becomes more and more frantic, begging and pleading the people on the outside to free her, but no one will help. The only other woman around, the waitress, not only won't even take a second to try and open the door, but scolds her for making a scene. Then she suggests to the man a more private spot where the police don't bother people. Would you assume that the cheeky little car is trying to play matchmaker, or would you think that the guy rigged the door and that this woman has every right to be petrified? Considering that infamous murderer Ted Bundy really did own a white VW beetle...Ouch.


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