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  • Accidental Innuendo: When Pim first shows up at Wack Lizardi's office with the bag, Wack asks "What in Zill have you got to be excited about? Did someone invent enlarging pills?" (It's meant to be a crack at Pim's height.)
  • Adaptation Displacement: Many fans know Felix from this movie alone and aren't aware that this movie was based on the 1960's take of the character.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Oriana's second dance in the film is just her flailing her arms and spinning in a circle. Considering this was when Felix had hatched an escape plan, she may have been "dancing" like that to make sure no one really paid close attention to Felix.
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  • Anticlimax Boss: Felix defeats Zill's Master Cylinder in 14 seconds by throwing the Book of Ultimate Power at him.
  • Anvilicious: The ending, as well as the book which is revealed to consist in its entirety of "Truth, Love and Wisdom". The Duke did not take it well.
  • Ass Pull: The Duke of Zill abruptly revealing just near the end that he's built a new and improved Master Cylinder to fight the heroes.
    • The real topper though comes when Felix must return home but lacks the gold needed to get him through the portal. Oriana explains that this is not a problem because Felix has a heart of gold.
  • Awesome Music: Despite the movie's many flaws, pretty much everyone agrees the soundtrack is well worth a listen.
    • "Face to the Wind (The Princess Song)".
    • "Who Is The Boss?" is also good. Note that the other musical numbers rarely if ever get brought up when discussing this film...
    • And the Mizzard Shuffle.
    • Don Oriolo recently released a small soundtrack from the film on iTunes, including complete versions of the two songs mentioned above.
      • "Face to the Wind" is missing Felix's saxophone accompaniment from the song's reprise, however.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Several, notably a dragon/lizard/thing that starts quoting A Streetcar Named Desire.
    • The "Sly as a Fox" musical number.
  • Bile Fascination: Many people are only interested in seeing this movie because of the vitriol it receives.
  • Cult Classic: Sure, there's a lot of problems, but it's so impressively weird that it has a small following even now.
    • Plenty of people unironically enjoy the 80's synth-pop soundtrack.
  • Designated Evil: We're never told what the Duke of Zill originally did to be banished from the kingdom… his only "crime" that we're shown was creating the Cylinders, which he thought would revolutionize labor. He was jealous of the king, who he considered weak and backwards, but there's no indication that he was planning to take over the kingdom before he was banished. Oriana does state that he wanted the Book of Ultimate Power though, so he may have only been using the "labor robots" to plan a coup.
  • Ear Worm: The Zill national anthem. It has a terrible rhyme scheme and a huge ego, but you can't fault a villain who has a hard rock national anthem.
    Who is the boss?
    The Duke of Zill of course!
    Who's never at a loss?
    The Duke of Zill of course!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Wack Lizardi is pretty popular amongst the fandom. Some given reasons for this include that his voice actor is completely hamming it up thus making him at least slightly enjoyable to listen to, he tells Felix that he's "no good with jokes", something a fair amount of viewers agree with, and seems to actually do more things on-screen than the Duke of Zill does.
    • Grumper also appeals to many people who see him as the Only Sane Man.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Duke of Zill's ridiculous Mysterio-esque helmet.
  • Fridge Horror: As pointed out in part four of this review, when the circus tent collapses, you can clearly hear people screaming. After that, Progress City seems to be completely void of any inhabitants as the protagonists are trying to escape.
    • Pim somehow found an unoccupied boat not too far away from where the headhunters were. Unless it somehow belonged to one of the headhunters (which seems unlikely and would just bring up more questions)...
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  • Fridge Logic: It was established early on that Felix's magic bag only transforms for him and it reverts back to normal when someone else touches it, so how come later on in the movie both Princess Oriana and Wack Lizardi were able to touch it without having it change back?
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  • Memetic Molester: Zill's gotten this treatment, mostly because of his rather... odd emotional investment in watching his niece dance.
  • Narm: An absolute overload of it in no small part due to the Random Events Plot.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Felix head in the opening, animated in very off-looking CGI.
    • Oriana being chased by the Cylinders early in the film.
    • The trees which sprouted what were essentially black and pink flying jellyfish.
    • The Headhunters.
    • The circus, especially when Who is the Boss? is performed. Also, Wack Lizardi.
    • Grumper's violent facial expressions
  • Padding: Quite a few scenes, but special mention goes to the tapdancing Mizzards scene.
  • Random Events Plot: Still doesn't quite sum up the utter madness at work here.
  • So Bad, It's Good: More like So Bad It's Hilarious.
  • Special Effects Failure: Plenty of animation errors to go around, but a rare example in which the sound effects team must be called out on the godawful sound mixing, which comes to the point where at many points the dialogue spoken onscreen is made totally incomprehensible; good luck following along every time a character says something of actual importance.
  • Squick: Some reviewers have noted that the Duke of Zill seems to be too interested in seeing his niece dance night after night.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Princess, especially when she's giving Felix exposition in her room. Her eyes are staring at the exact same spot and seem to move independently of her eyebrows and jaw, leading to some freaky expressions… or her looking like she's high.
    • To be fair, she was Rotoscoped, which has a high probability of going incredibly wrong.
    • Pretty much the whole movie. The highly inconsistent quality of the animation doesn't help, and a lot of the characters move or look around awkwardly in most scenes.
    • Also, the computer-generated talking head of Felix at the beginning of the movie.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Mizzards. It doesn't help that they keep mixing up which one is the pink one and which one is the blue one.
  • What an Idiot!: Princess Oriana disbanding her kingdom's army in a world where there's headhunters, mutants, giant dragons, and a pissed-off uncle her father banished is Darwin Award level stupidity. She was just asking for the Duke of Zill to invade her kingdom.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The world of Zill in spades. Also the underwater scene is very surreal.
    • The whole movie practically qualifies as this.


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