- Genius Bonus: During this time period, the United Kingdom itself was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Turkey was the Ottoman Empire (hence why there is a prince), India was the British Raj, and China was the Qing Dynasty.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Fogg promises that as Head of the Royal Academy, he can lead Britain into a new age of progress and discovery. In real life, Britain committed all sorts of acts of murder, rape, and pillaging under the guise of "civilizing lesser people" and colonialism, including Passportu's native China. Passepartout's character in the film wanted to return a stolen sacred object to his village. The British would steal much more than just a single statue in China, India, Egypt and throughout most of the rest of the world.
- Another irony is that Hong Kong (the present-day autonomous territory of China) was a British colony itself at the time, and Jackie Chan himself was born in British Hong Kong.
- Heartwarming Moments: The end credits song, Everybody, All over the World (Join the Celebration) by David A. Stewart and the Sylvia Young Stage School. If that wasn't enough, they had three students from that school sing lyrics in French, Spanish and Hindi, to further cement the theme of multiculturalism that ran throughout the film.
- Retroactive Recognition: Lord Kelvin is Professor Slughorn!
- So Okay, It's Average: The overall summary of the critics is mixed, but Jackie Chan's performance is praised.
YMMV / Around the World in 80 Days (2004)