- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: About ten minutes in, for no real reason, Voley and Sean start line-dancing. And then an entire flock of sheep joins in. At the end of the scene they spin around to look at the sheep grazing as if even they're wondering whether that really just happened.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Voley's Disney Death is harsher when you remember that Dermot Morgan died shortly after making the film.
- Moe: Puffy.
- Older Than They Think: The 1948 Soviet cartoon "Little Gray Neck" has the same premise of an injured duckling left behind during the winter and threatened by a fox (it's an adaptation of an 1891 story).
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Puffy, male or female? It's a small, androgynous baby bird with a unisex name and a voice that could either be taken as female or a woman voicing a young boy.
- Late in the film, Voley refers to Sean and Puffy as "boys," which can throw viewers who thought Puffy was female for a loop.
YMMV / The First Snow of Winter