In the "Fistful of Yen" sketch, when Loo first meets Dr. Klahn, the Chinese characters start speaking in Korean. Klahn says "Sorry to Korean fans that we're talking random things in Korean, but someone asked me to speak in Korean, so I just have to."
The opening prologue of the film's "On-Set Home Video" featured on the DVD's special features states: "The following 8mm home movies were shot on the sets of The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) by David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, to send home to their parents to prove they were working in Hollywood."
The scene in the "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble" trailer, in which the young man says, "Mrs. Burke! I thought you were Dale", to the woman, with whom he's sleeping, is a reference to an old Grape Nuts breakfast cereal commercial, in which a man mistakes his girlfriend's mother for his girlfriend.
Because of the low budget and poor funding, the movie was shot with a variety of different cameras at any locations that were available, using actors willing to work for nearly-nothing paychecks. Likewise, in order to offset the potential of the few investors pulling out due to objectionable material, the less-offensive portions were filmed first, saving the raunchy stuff for last (or just plain keeping it hidden until the last minute). The end credits (proclaiming "in order of appearance" and then beginning with cast members introduced two thirds of the way into the movie) are actually the order in which the skits were supposed to appear; the makers ran out of money and couldn't afford to create new ones.
The nunchaku scene in "Fistful of Yen" was originally cut from the UK release, because nunchaku are illegal weapons in Britain and Ireland. Authorities only recently loosened restrictions on displaying them on television, and in film.
When Big Jim Slade bursts into the bedroom near the end of the "Sex Record" segment, the soundtrack plays "Hevenu Shalom Aleichem", a Hebrew song used in the welcoming of people. The soundtrack is literally welcoming Big Jim into the film.
One of the movie's main trailers features a dinner setting where a gigantic cooked bird is being served, either a turkey or a large chicken, thereby directly referencing Kentucky Fried Chicken. 1970s style KFC cardboard packaging can been seen in one of the film's actual skits.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (See You Next Wednesday): This is the name of the film which is being shown in "Feel-A-Rama". The "See You Next Wednesday" wording is a recurring in-joke phrase that has appeared in several John Landis movies.
Some of the movies shown in the film, such as "A Fistful of Yen" and "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble", are produced by fictitious Producer Samuel L. Bronkowitz, who is not ever seen in this movie. But an actor, portraying Samuel L. Bronkowitz, does host one of this film's trailers, presenting The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) to audiences.
The name of Producer Samuel L. Bronkowitz, whose name features in several movie segments, was a spoof of the name of Hollywood producers Samuel Z. Arkoff and Samuel Bronston. Both were still working when this picture came out, Bronston was producing Brigham (1977).
The film's original main movie poster featured a mash-up of a number of colorful icons and images. These included (1) A casual sneakers shoe with a KFM (Kentucky Fried Movie) logo (2) A rocket jet propulsion cylinder (3) A poking upwards red tongue (4) The Statue of Liberty (5) A pair of dancing girls legs and (6) American flag stars, but without the stripes, on the film's title logo.
Debut film as a Producer for Robert K. Weiss. This movie's sequel, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), was the debut film as a Director for Weiss, one of that movie's five co-Directors, who also produced both that movie and its precursor, this film. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) was the only film directed by Weiss.
The French title of The Kentucky Fried Movie translates literally into English as "The Hamburger Movie". The French title of its sequel, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), translates into English as "The Cheeseburger Movie".
The film was divided into a series of skits, and the credits were divided up based on the actor's appearances within the different skits. For marketing, the film's headlining stars were officially recorded as George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, and Donald Sutherland, in that order.
The final sketch of the film, where a couple are making out on the couch while being observed through the television set, was originally done by Irish comedian Dave Allen in the first episode of Dave Allen at Large (1971).
The song played over the end credits, "Carioca", is credited to "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards", who, in real-life, were bandleader Paul Weston, and his wife, singer Jo Stafford. The Edwards personas were created by the duo as a joke at parties, but eventually they recorded several LPs.
One of two compilation comedies both made and released around the late 1970s and early 1980s that featured a main movie poster with a tongue coming out of a shoe. The other picture was Coming Attractions (1978).
The scene in "A Fistful of Yen", in which, after Loo and Ada Gronick have talked about bribing Dr. Klahn's guards, Loo spots one of the microphones with which Dr. Klahn has bugged their room, grabs it and says, "But it would be wrong", is a reference to the White House Watergate tape of March 21, 1973, in which President Nixon was confronted with E. Howard Hunt's demand for hush money, and he insisted that the money be paid, but then said, "It would be wrong, that's for sure." Nixon's defenders seized on that line to say he was against the cover-up, even though the full context showed Nixon only thought it would be strategically, not morally, wrong to pay Hunt, because he'd just ask for more.
This movie's only sequel (to date, August 2017) is Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). The title did not evoke the title of this movie, though one of its working titles did, it being "The Kentucky Fried Sequel".
The film was originally R-rated in Australia (restricted to adults eighteen and over) and was then cut to get a theatrical release there, with a lower rating. The modified version garnering an "M" rating, meaning the audience was recommended for people fifteen and older. The film was then released down under on the Video Classics Gold label, in its entirety, with its uncut R (18+) rating. The unedited version is now available on DVD in Australia with an MA (15+) rating, which restricts audiences to those fifteen years and older.