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YMMV: The Producers
  • Adaptation Distillation: As funny as LSD was, the hippie jokes wouldn't translate as well to a modern audience. Plus, the Roger De Bris character from the original film was rather undeveloped since they couldn't get away with as much gay humor in the 1960s. Having De Bris play Hitler solves a lot of problems and makes the later versions even funnier.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: more like "crosses the line infinity times."
    • Springtime For Hitler does this itself, much to Leo's and Max's dismay.
    • Mel Brooks himself described the film as "rising below vulgarity."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The production's use of Hitler and WWII for comedy. Of course, that's the point. In-Universe, Max tries to invoke this and make the show flop, but instead succeeds via Crosses the Line Twice. And in Real Life, Mel Brooks has said he wanted to make the Nazis look so absurd that no one could ever take them seriously again. Considering Mel Brooks himself is Jewish and served in WWII, who can really complain?
  • Ear Worm: Springtime for Hitler.
  • Genius Bonus: Max's referring to Leo as "Prince Myshkin". Leo being named after the protagonist in Ulysses, and the film's action taking place on Bloomsday.
    • One of the plays Max reads in the original:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: If there were any more sexual subtext between Bialystock and Bloom, they might as well be making out on-screen.
    • In the original movie, they do actually kiss, albeit on the cheek.
    • The author of Springtime For Hitler seems a little too fond of the Fuhrer.
  • It Was His Sled: Pretty much everyone knows how this one turns out; hell, we even named a trope after it.
  • Memetic Mutation: "That's our Hitler!" to the point where it was used on an episode of House.
    • From the original: "Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitlers!"
    • "That's it baby! When you got it, FLAUNT IT! FLAUNT IT!"
    • "I'm in pain! I'm in pain and I'm wet and I'M STILL HYSTERICAL!"
    • "I fell on my keys."
    • "Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi party!"
      • Especially because in both movies and the show (including touring productions), the line is always a recording of Mel Brooks' voice.
    • "You are the audience member! I am the author! I outrank you!"
    • The infamous "Blue Blanket" scene, especially the Gene Wilder version.
  • One-Scene Wonder
    • In the original film, William Hickey as the drunken bar patron, and Estelle Winwood as "Hold Me Touch Me."
    • In the 2005 version, Jon Lovitz as Mr. Marks.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In the original film, "Eva Braun" is played by Renee Taylor, who's Fran Fine's mother in The Nanny.
    • And Goering is Barney Martin, then fresh off his 20 year career with the NYPD and a few decades away from playing Morty Seinfeld.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Springtime For Hitler's opening musical number. Passes through into So Bad It's Sidesplitting.
    • And lamented about in "Where Did We Go Right?" as Max and Leo tried to imagine how it became that way.
  • Tear Jerker: Til Him
    • To a lesser extent, Gene Wilder's original ending speech. Sure, there are a couple comedic zings, but the innocence and heartfelt friendship that Leo has for Max are made evident at their fullest in this scene.
      Leo Bloom: No one ever called me Leo before! I mean, I know it's not a big legal point, but...even in kindergarten they used to call me Bloom. I never sang a song before. I mean with someone else, I never sang a song with someone else before. This man...this man...this is a wonderful man. He made me what I am today...he did.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The "song" LSD "performs" during his Hitler-audition.
  • The Woobie: Leo Bloom is a meek accountant who is nearly driven to a nervous breakdown each time his new partner tries to rope him into his scheme. While Gene Wilder makes him sympathetic, it's only until the Broadway play when it is explicitly stated that he has low self-esteem and feels that he never amounted to anything, and only makes it more heartwarming when he loosens up later on. "I Want To Be A Producer" ends with a truly awesome and heartwarming note!

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