* BrokenBase: Was TheMusical a worthy adaptation ''and'' successor to ''Film/TheProducers'', or a lame corporate shill [[WereStillRelevantDammit attempting to keep Mel Brooks relevant]]?
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: From TheMusical, "Life, Life" really stands out as a genuinely dramatic and impressive number among all the silliness.
* CultClassic: It has managed to get historical and cultural significance several years after it was made
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Most of the cast were already members of Brooks' ProductionPosse, but this is the film that introduced many Americans to Marty Feldman.
* MagnumOpus: Was a big hit when it came out, and is still considered a comedy classic. For Mel Brooks fans, either this or ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' is his best work. In the commentary Brooks states that he thinks this is not only his best work, but the best for many other people respects.
** Most people also consider this to be Gene Wilder's as well.
* MemeticMutation: This is where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Dramatic Chipmunk]] music comes from, when they first look up as the castle.
** Also, I dare you to listen to a normal version of "Puttin' On The Ritz" without doing an impression of Peter Boyle as the Monster.
** Like many of Brooks' films, it's a massive FountainOfMemes.
* MisaimedMarketing: Somehow, the "Puttin' On the Ritz" number turned up on the kid-targeted ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}} Sing-Along''/''WesternAnimation/{{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...
* NightmareFuel: The MoodWhiplash of the corrupt policeman who tormented The Monster with fire ForTheEvulz
* OneSceneWonder: 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.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The obvious padding on Gene Wilder's thigh when he stabs himself with the scalpel.
* TearJerker: See SoundtrackDissonance; the music is incredibly moving.
** Also, [[spoiler:The Monster's speech after Frederick's personal sacrifice. Of course, there's MoodWhiplash afterward with Inspector Kemp.]]
** The DVD commentary. Brooks starts crying during the credits over all the friends he has since lost.
* ToughActToFollow: The musical was seen as this to Brooks' previous, not to mention ''hugely'' acclaimed, ScreenToStageAdaptation of [[Film/TheProducers his other movie]].
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: TheMusical did some impressive lighting effects, such as flying sparks during "Life, Life" and the rear-projected CGI forrest during "Roll In The Hay."
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