- Adaptation Displacement: Very few people nowadays know there was a book.
- Awesome Music/Ear Worm: "Portobello Road" for most people, but "Substitutiary Locomotion" and "The Beautiful Briny Sea" have their share of fans.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- The Royal Cup Match on Naboombu. Seemed to only exist to give the animation department something to do and make Emelius Brown a Butt-Monkey.
- The Portobello road sequence drags on quite a while and seems to have no greater link to the story than to display different cultures dancing. By the end of it, you might have forgotten why the heroes even stopped in. This is made worse by the expanded edition of the film, which drags the song sequence out to a full ten minutes in length. Quite a bit of that length is the merchants and groups of soldiers from all over the British Empire getting into an improvised Dance Off, each with their own arrangement of the tune to fit their style.
- Emelius's hazy vision of Miss Price on the railroad tracks, clad as the magician's assistant he envisioned her to be, comes out of nowhere (although a good case could be made it was a spell, whether conscious or subconscious, which she cast to summon him when she ended up in distress and couldn't call for help on the phone; it could also have just been a dream of his) and after it lets him escape the Nazis and make it back to the cottage it is never mentioned again.
- Professor Browne, after turning himself into a rabbit to rescue Miss Price and the Children from the Nazis is seen speaking the line "Jumping Jehoshaphat, more Jerries," when scouting two Nazis outside the castle, with his rabbit body noticeably mouthing the words. Not once did he or the many other characters turned into rabbits demonstrate the ability to speak, weather too themselves or to others, often just acting like the animal they have been turned into. And again after the scene, Professor Browne returns to acting like a rabbit, no speech, until he turns back into a man.
- Broken Base: Between people who prefer the 117 minute "general release version" and the 139 minute "25th Anniversary reconstructed version". People who prefer the longer cut argue that it was closer to the version that the film makers originally intended the movie to be before they were forced to cut it down; while people who prefer the shorter cut argue that it removes unnecessary scenes and makes the film's narrative work better, and that the redubbed voices (necessitated by lost vocal tracks) are jarring. Frustratingly, while Disney currently sells both cuts on DVD, they don't sell a set that contains both of them, leaving people to choose whether to buy a DVD of the 25th Anniversary Editionnote by itself, or the theatrical cut in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Australia, the film is loved and admired so much that it is considered to be equal to or even better than the film that frequently overshadows it elsewhere.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Isle of Naboombu has more than a passing resemblance to Voya Nui.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Disney fans who prefer their animated works tend to only care about this film for the animated scenes on the island.
- Memetic Mutation: "Stop! That! Ball!!!!!!!!"
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Browne sleeping on a bench waiting for his train when he wakes up to an echo-y singing, and sees a ghosty lingerie-clad Eglantine walking on the railroad tracks before she disappears.
- The simple fact that a Nazi occupation of Britain - by the dreaded Waffen SS, no less - makes up much of the second half of the movie. Part of Eglantine's house is even destroyed by a grenade in the battle scene. These scenes can be nightmarish, even as Disneyfied as it was depicted.
- Padding/Shoot the Money: The extended cut of "Portobello Road" is a serious endurance test, regardless of how talented the performers are.
- Special Effects Failure: It's pretty easy to spot the black skinsuits the extras wore under some of the non-plate animated armors in the climax.
- Tear Jerker:
- "The Age of Not Believing"
- It's brief, but there's something strangely sad about watching the armor deflate and become lifeless again once Miss Price's house is blown up. After all the awesomeness of watching the armor rise and march forward, England's very history coming alive to protect it in a dark time, now once again piles of metal and cloth. If you watch, a few of the knights actually "die" so they're lying on their backs solemnly clutching their weapons to the chest, as if they were about to be buried.
- Emelius Browne's goodbye, followed by "Nobody's Problem".
YMMV / Bedknobs and Broomsticks