- Acting for Two: Gabriel Iglesias as Stan and Pablo.
- All-Star Cast: The movie has a good mix of celebrities like Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, and Loretta Devine, and plenty of acclaimed voice actors like Mikey Kelly, Candi Milo, Kate Higgins, Charlie Adler (who's also one of the movie's voice directors), and more.
- Billing Displacement: In the UK posters, James Corden and Bill Nighy are both given top billing with the lead actors, while Colm Meaney and Ken Jeong are not listed at all, despite being more prominent characters. Corden being billed third is particularly egregious as his character is only in two scenes and doesn't even have the same voice in the film's other English dubs.
- Box Office Bomb: Grossed only $9 million on its opening weekend against a $18 million budget. Its final gross was $17 million domestic and $27.4 million worldwide. Despite that, the film made enough money on video that two sequels were released.
- Creator Killer: This is the first film Trevor Wall directed, and its absolutely icy reception has a strong chance of making it his only directing job outside of television.
- The Danza: Janet Varney voices Janet.
- Dueling Movies: With DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 (which has The Legend of Korra alumni J. K. Simmons in it; Norm of the North actually has the voice of Korra herself, Janet Varney, in a cameo role). As far as quality and gross go, DWA stomped Norm of the North into a pancake... then again, it was bound to happen.
- Missing Trailer Scene: The line "I'm big boned!", despite being used in every main trailer, is never actually said in the film.
- No Budget: The film was made on a low budget of $18 million, and it shows.
- The Other Darrin: The first sequel's credits confirms that the returning characters from the first film will be voiced by none other than actors from The Ocean Group. Maya Kay (Olympia) is the only returning cast member.
- Same Language Dub: Michael McElhatton voices Lawrence in most English dubs of the film, but was dubbed over by the more well-known James Corden for the film's UK release.
- So My Kids Can Watch: Ken Jeong voiced in this film so that his twin daughters could watch an age-appropriate film starring him.Ken Jeong (in publicity release): I have twin daughters and most of the movies I do I can't show my kids yet. With Norm of the North, they'll finally be able to watch one of Daddys movies. That was kind of a big incentive for me to be part of this project.
- What Could Have Been:
- This was originally intended to be a Direct-to-DVD feature, and the low-quality shows it.
- Back when it was first announced, it was going to be made by Crest Animation Productions, the same studio as Alpha and Omega.
- Earlier drafts of the film had a simpler and more coherent plot, with Norm actively leaving the Arctic to find a better life and eventually winding up in New York by accident, where he'd be discovered by Mr. Greene and become the mascot for his campaign. Norm would not have found out until later that Greene's plan was going to harm the Arctic, forcing Norm to choose between saving his home or retaining the luxurious lifestyle he'd finally achieved. However, script rewrites would allow for the story to drastically change into the bizarre film that it is today.
- The Wiki Rule: The Norm of the North Wiki.
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