Grisham's brief struggle with Bristles the sentient broom. It looks like Grisham is doing something else.
Earlier: "Gimme some wood!'" which might have been unintentional, but Grisham enthusiastically throttling that wood at that angle surely wasn't.
The feather might be interpreted as a Freudian symbol (Feathertop thinks he can't have the girl or be a real boy without it).
Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Polly aware on a subconscious level that Feathertop was the scarecrow that guarded her silver? Her lines in their love duet "Have I been here before? / I know Iíve seen you before" seem to hint at this. It might help explain why she fell for him so fast.
Ensemble Dark Horse: Bar those who grew up with the film, older audiences aren't likely to be too attached to its central characters, but sometimes find enjoyment in the supporting cast. Two examples are Count Grisham, for his Large Ham personality; and Max the sarcastic mouse, who those annoyed by all the other characters he interacts with, might relate to.
Love to Hate: Count Grisham is supremely selfish and heartless in spades, but he's so over-the-top, ridiciously campy and flamboyant, it's hard not to get a laugh out of him every moment he's on screen.
Narm Charm: Hearing the name "Feathertop" throughout the movie, with no hint of irony, is basically the one thing that makes this film stand out from all other generic Disney knock-off films. Doubled during moments of (intended) intensity.
So Bad, It's Good: The poor film was only ever trying to entertain and teach morals to very young children. But due to it's Disney-ripoff cliches, plot holes, and having a protagonist unironically named "Feathertop," it's ripe for snarking among Millennials.
Feathertop's transformation is instantaneous both in-context and out, as in there's not a single transitioning frame from his scarecrow self and human self.
Michael Connelly novel:
Harsher in Hindsight: When we met Jack McEvoy, he was employed by the Rocky Mountain News. A lot of The Scarecrow deals with how the internet is killing newspapers. The Rocky ended publication the same year The Scarecrow was published.