YMMV / The Prince and the Pauper

The Mark Twain version:

  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Literary critics loved the book at the time because Mark Twain used classical writing and dialog rather than his more down to earth novels that spoke with his unique voice. Twain, naturally, viewed the book as Money, Dear Boy.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Laws benefiting the wealthy would be significantly unfair to those whose lack the wealth to influence the government", showing through the miserable life of Tom the Pauper when Prince Edward VI was in his position, had proven to be timeless.

The Disney version:

  • Cult Classic: While a cartoon short to both The Rescuers Down Under and Brother Bear, the film though shorter, arguably has a much more meaningful plot than a lot of the other shorts involving Mickey Mouse.
  • He Really Can Act: The film may only be 25 minutes, but Wayne Allwine utilizes them to really bring out the emotion in both Mickey and the Prince, especially in the scene where the king dies.
  • Moral Event Horizon: This version of Pete threatening to kill Pluto and abusing his power under the name of the king.
  • Tear Jerker: The old king's death. Not only does he die unaware of his captain's atrocities in his name, he just seems so broken, and he doesn't even know he's talking to an impostor and not his son, because Mickey doesn't have the heart to tell him.
    • It also applies to the Prince who didn't find out about his father's death until a passing boater informed him. The grief of losing his father was hard enough, but it was also coupled with the fact that he wasn't there to say good-bye. His long silence after hearing the news made it apparent.