From the 1951 film:
- Heartwarming Moments: David and Joyce taking in the first breath on Zyra.David: Best air I ever tasted!
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Watching Stanton stagger out of his wheelchair gives one an urge to say, "Mein Führer... I can valk!"
- Narm: The announcer who tells the camp that they're running out of time. "We're behind schedule! Make it up! Hurry! Hurry!"
- Special Effects Failure:
- A string can be visible on the nose of the ship after they land on Zyra.
- The not entirely convincing matte painting of Zyra at the end of the movie was originally meant to be a preliminary sketch. Unfortunately due to time and money constraints the artist wasn't able to produce a better work in time to be filmed.
- Nightmare Fuel: 40-odd people is too small a number to ensure long-term survival; there is insufficient genetic diversity. The same with the animals taken on the ship. Factor in deaths due to accidents or illness, and there will be nobody left in just a few decades; a hundred years, tops. The novels avert this by having three ships successfully make the crossing, with a total number of survivors in the hundreds.