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  • Awesome Music: "Isle of Dreams", played during the credits.
  • Contested Sequel: Some say this movie is along the same lines of the original, while others think it's not nearly as good.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film has 75% (6.6/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively, but an audience score of 38% (2.6/5). Also, on IMDb, the average rating is 5.1.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gary Giggles. Carmen seems to think so too, at first.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
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    • Large Ham theme park owner Dinky Winks.
    • Juni's spy robot Ralph. The scene where he follows and spies on the Giggles is well regarded.
    • Romero, the charmingly played Reluctant Mad Scientist behind the island.
    • Gerti, for being a spunky Action Girl and a bit of a Wild Card in regards to her family's plans.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Steve Buscemi plays Romero who created hybrid creatures that inhabit his island and asks a memetic existential question about how "God stays in Heaven because He too lives in fear of what he's created here on Earth?" More than a decade later, Buscemi would play God in Miracle Workers.
    • The movie has a watch that can do virtually everything but tell time. Seems like Apple took this concept seriously.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Do you think God stays in Heaven because He too lives in fear of what He's created?" Explanation 
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    • "shit-talking mushrooms" Explanation 
    • *skeletons oohing*
    • "How long have we been falling?" "I don't know, my watch doesn't tell time."
  • Padding:
    • Juni's relationship with Alexandra in the second film, whose daddy issues are barely explained and who doesn't reappear for the third film; Demetra herself isn't much better, and is forgotten about entirely after her Heroic Sacrifice.
    • To add to that, Juni is terminated from the OSS for all of a few hours before Carmen signs him back up, and nobody makes any fuss about this change.
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  • Squick: Gerti and Gary wind up in a desert (due to Carmen and Juni's meddling) and are unsure of where they are. They fall into what at first seems to be a mud pit, only to look around and see camels surrounding them. Horrified, Gerti exclaims that it is, indeed, camel poop. Skip a few seconds into the future, and you see Gary opening his mouth and spitting a big chunk of...er, "mud" out of his teeth.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Part of the memetic charm to the "Do you think God stays in Heaven..." line is Steve Buscemi's dead-serious-to-the-point-of-surreal delivery.
  • Toy Ship: Juni and Alexandra.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: The joke about Juni's watch not being able to tell time, and the Brick Joke when Carmen asks him how long they've been falling and he responds, "I don't know; my watch doesn't tell time!" Both jokes were seen in multiple trailers, and always back-to-back (thus defeating the whole purpose of it being a Brick Joke).

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