Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Aunt Emma's visit doesn't seem to serve the narrative. She's given a big introduction as if she'll be a major character, but then disappears off to India to work as a governess. She even gets a soundtrack shift.
Designated Villain: Subverted. Ruth is dismissed for hitting the children after they cause a bucket of water to fall on her. The children clap after mother dismisses her, but she gives them a very disapproving look.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Perks is one of the favourite characters, thanks to Bernard Cribbins's hilariously pompous performance in the film version.
When the children want to get birthday presents for Mr Perks, but don't want to just write 'Perks' on the cake. Phyllis knows his name is Albert and says they should use that since "Albert's a pretty name". Cue everyone gawking at her.
The girls discover Peter has been stealing coal. Phyllis makes light of the situation.
"It's all right, Pete. At least we can burn the evidence."
When the family first arrive at the new house, the man who drives their carriage only responds with "I dare say" to everything. Mother eventually gets fed up.
"If you say 'I dare say' one more time, I shall have hysterics...I dare say."
Narm: Peter, in the film version, did kind of overreact to getting the train for Christmas. It's just really overdone.
Narm Charm: Bobbie gliding around the room during her birthday. Some find it silly, yet others find it fits the tone of the scene.