- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One discussion about the evils of industrialization has one character think the last day of the world will feature a gigantic boiler exploding, and the Americans will probably be responsible. Well, it was probably funnier a few decades ago.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The name of the Arabic tribe chasing after the heroes? The Talibas.
- Values Dissonance: Indigenous Africans are easy-to-fool Always Chaotic Evil savages, Arabs are barely any better. And then there's the scene where Dick repeatedly shoots an elephant dragging them towards a forest.
YMMV / Five Weeks in a Balloon