YMMV / The Pebble and the Penguin

  • Angst Dissonance: Taken Up to Eleven in "Good Ship Misery."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Now And Forever" is a pretty good musical number in a movie with otherwise lackluster songs.
    • Also, "Don't Make Me Laugh." Cheesy lyrics? Yes. But it's sung by Tim Curry.
    • Marina's reprise of "Sometimes I Wonder" is a surprising improvement over the first performance sung by Hubie.
  • 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.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus is that, while being FAR from the quality of Bluth's films in the eighties, it's still better than his last three films.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Watch the trailer.
  • Ugly Cute: Though as the poster shows, some of the characters fail at the cute part. To be fair, in the movie Drake's the only really ugly one. Hubie and Rocko just happen to be caught in rather unflattering poses.