YMMV / The Pebble and the Penguin

  • Angst Dissonance: Taken Up to 11 in "Good Ship Misery."
  • Anticlimax Boss: For all his size and strength, Drake is taken down surprisingly easily by Hubie, who is at best a novice who only received a few days worth of training from Rocko, whears Drake is three times his size. Even more startling is how Drake brings about his own demise in his final battle with Hubie, without them needing to throw another punch.
  • Ass Pull: Rocko spontaneously gaining the ability to fly when he dives in to save Hubie and Marina. Even more egregious is that he seems to be levitating when this happens.
  • Awesome Art: In a film brought down by animation that lacks the polish of Don Bluth's better works, some shots in the film are quite appealing to the eye.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • "Now And Forever" is a pretty good musical number in a movie with otherwise lackluster songs.
    • "Don't Make Me Laugh." In spite of the cheesy lyrics, it's seen as good because it's sung by Tim Curry.
    • Marina's reprise of "Sometimes I Wonder" is a surprising improvement over the first performance sung by Hubie.
  • Cult Classic: Not to the same extent as The Secret Of NIMH or All Dogs Go to Heaven, but it still has a decent fan following consisting of people who watched it as kids.
  • Dork Age: Proved to be the last in a long line of stinkers for Don Bluth, before his next film would finally grant him a brief reprieve.
  • Ear Worm: Occurs with many of the songs, but special points go to the opening number, Good Ship Misery, and Don't Make Me Laugh.
  • Ham and Cheese: Tim Curry as Drake is often the one thing praised about the film.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Hubie and Rocko. Plenty of viewers can attest to seeing it. Particularly during their Friend Song.
    • There's scenes where it's Played for Laughs, such as Rocko waking up with his arms around Hubie, and not realizing it until Hubie's already wide awake, or times when you swear it was done on purpose, like later in that same scene where Hubie says, "It's beautiful!" and Rocko (who is looking down at Hubie or a moment) stutters and says yes, too, before seeing that Hubie was talking about an iceberg.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Drake makes no attempts to hide the fact he'll beat Marina if she doesn't do as he says. He also outright threatens her with death if she refuses to mate with him during Don't Make Me Laugh, saying she'll "be a shark's dinner" and that he'll write her epitaph if she refuses. This is flat out rape through threats to her well-being. Similar to Gaston, Drake at first seemed like just a Jerk Jock but then shows he's much more evil than that.
  • Narm: Thanks to Hubie's voice and odd design, it's pretty difficult to take anything he does seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Orcas. In many a family film, killer whales have been shown to be lovable pals. In this film, they're shown to be as predatory as they are in real life.
    • Drake, who's basically a Domestic Abuser played disturbingly straight in a kid's movie. These lovely lines from his Villain Song are particularly disturbing:
    Drake: Don't make me laugh so hard that YOU begin to ACHE!
    Drake: May I suggest you would do best to beg!
  • Special Effects Failure: The film is loaded with scenes where the background characters don't move properly or just straight up don't move, which can really take you out of the experience. During "Good Ship Misery" there are several long seconds when the three main singers and Hubie completely freeze up while the background singers DO move. Also, a sharp eye will catch one frame where Marina's head is missing.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Watch the trailer.
  • Ugly Cute: The good characters.