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  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the "Good Life" segment, one of the characters is trapped in cartoon land. The character is played by Nancy Cartwright, a voice-actress then only a few years away from her most notable role. And just to hammer it home, the second "Treehouse of Horror" episode would spoof this story, with Bart as the all-powerful boy.
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    • In this same segment, the boy has the family eat hamburgers with peanut butter on them (and with candy instead of burger patties), which they evidently find unappetizing. Nowadays, peanut butter is a common hamburger topping at certain restaurants.
    • When William Shatner was given a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun, it was inevitable that both he and John Lithgow would claim they each saw a man on the wing of their plane, and no one believed them.
    • Much is made of Halley's Comet's return in "Kick the Can", which would happen three years later, and was a big disappointment.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr. Conroy comes off as cynical and bitter to the rest of the Sunnyvale's residents, but the first thing we see of him is his own son reneging on a promise to let him come visit his grandchildren.
  • Never Live It Down: John Landis will forever be remembered as the director who's recklessness on the set led to a fatal helicopter crash which killed Vic Morrow and two child actors. In the early days of Comic Con, which Landis attended, it was common for attendees to follow him from behind and snap dollar bills next to his ear to imitate the sound of helicopter blades as a cruel prank. When Landis's son Max became controversial in his own right, many joked that John should have been more of a "helicopter parent."
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  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The film will be forever tainted by the helicopter crash which killed Morrow and two child actors. Steven Spielberg never forgave John Landis and the two have not been on speaking terms since. Eddie Murphy distanced himself at first as well, but eventually agreed to later work with Landis on Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Nancy Cartwright plays Ethel. Her career-defining role is entirely offscreen as a voice actress, but you can clearly hear shades of Bart Simpson creeping into her voice when she explains Anthony's true nature to Helen.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Teetering between light fantasy and horror, the film has been a mixed bag for many viewers.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The youthified elderly are ridiculously cute.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The "Kick the Can" segment, which can be considered this for some older fans. Particularly Mr. Conroy's heartbroken reaction near the beginning when his son rudely brushes him off - and his begging of a young teenaged Mr. Agee to take him with him.
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    • The fact that three people died during filming due to the utter lack of regard for the safety of the actors during the infamous helicopter shoot, two of them children easily makes the film's entire production this.


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