YMMV / Young Frankenstein

The film:

  • Award Snub: Concerning the Oscars, the movie did receive nominations for Screenplay and Sound, but woefully ignored Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Kahn's hilarious performances. Not to mention nominations for Set Decoration or Costume. Leachman and Kahn at least got Golden Globe nominations, for Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) and Supporting Actress respectively. Plus, we'll never know if Kahn would have gotten an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress if she wasn't nominated in the same category for Blazing Saddles that same year.
  • Awesome Music: John Morris's heartbreaking "Transylvanian Lullaby" score.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Would you believe that it's entirely because of this film that the character of the deformed lab assistant is known as Igor? The character was named Fritz in the 1931 film, while Bela Lugosi played a completely different character named Ygor in its sequel Son of Frankenstein, which was transferred to the Fritz counterpart in this film.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Try to listen to a normal version of "Puttin' On The Ritz" without doing an impression of Peter Boyle as the Monster.
  • Cult Classic: It has managed to get historical and cultural significance several years after it was made
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Most of the cast were already members of Brooks' Production Posse, but this is the film that introduced many Americans to Marty Feldman.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As noted below, the Italian dub translated "It could work" as "We can do it." The musical adaptation of The Producers has a song with that title.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This is where the Dramatic Chipmunk music comes from, when they first look up at the castle.
    • Every punchline is a quotable wonder. The movie is up there with Blazing Saddles as one of Mel Brooks' most-quoted films.
    • The "It Could Work!" line is a minor one in Italy, where it was translated as "Si può fare!", which has the more general meaning of "We can do it!" and is often used in a variety of contexts as an encouragement.
    • The Italian translation of 'There wolf, there castle', 'Lupo Ululà e Castellu U l'u lì!' is a very famous quote in Italy. Even people who haven't seen the movie know the pun.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Somehow, the "Puttin' On the Ritz" number turned up on the kid-targeted Anastasia Sing-Along/Anastasia's Music Box Favorites video. The clip itself doesn't have anything too inappropriate, but woe to the parents of any children who asked to watch the whole movie after seeing this clip...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Mood Whiplash of the corrupt policeman who tormented The Monster with fire For the Evulz.
    • In the musical, after Frankenstein gives some of his intelligence to the Monster, the townsfolk catch him and actually hang him! Thankfully, the Monster saves him.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Gene Hackman as the blind hermit.
      "Come back! I was going to make espresso!"
    • The cruel policeman who tormented The Monster with fire while he was imprisoned, and unlike most of the story, it's played very dark.
  • Special Effect Failure: The obvious padding on Gene Wilder's thigh when he stabs himself with the scalpel.
  • Values Dissonance: The Monster basically rapes Elizabeth who only consents half way through. Itís Played for Laughs. For modern audiences, this can definitely be a problem.
  • "Weird Al" Effect:
    • It's a really faithful Affectionate Parody of Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein - to the point watching Young Frankenstein before makes many scenes in the originals hard to take seriously.
    • The performance of "Puttin' On The Ritz" in this movie is one of the best known in spite of the song being written nearly fifty years prior.

The Musical: