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  • When Otter is talking to Mrs. Wormer in the grocery store, the price signs change.
  • The American flags in Delta/Animal House are all 48-star, World War II-era flags. By 1962, when the film is set, America had 50 states. Therefore, the flags should all have 50 stars (although this could be deliberate to show that the members of Delta House are too lazy to get updated flags.)
  • When Stratton pulls into the motel parking lot, there is a pale yellow Plymouth Volare or Dodge Aspen station wagon parked in the lot. Chrysler didn't introduce the Aspen/Volare until 1975. Furthermore, when he opens the motel room door, a Ford Pinto/Mercury Bobcat station wagon can be seen behind him, which was not introduced until 1972.
  • When Bluto hides behind the sorority house between some dumpsters, you can see a pressure sensitive ID label on one dumpster, a practice not used until the late 1970s.
  • While Neidermeyer's horse is rearing its hind legs after Otter hit the horse with a golf ball, we hear Neidermeyer shout to the cadets "Get back in ranks! Attention!", but he is not speaking.
  • During the riot toward the end when Flounder sneaks up on Neidermeyer to spray him with the bottle of seltzer, Neidermeyer shoots the bottle out of Flounder's hand. There are people running behind Flounder at the time, directly in the path of the bullet, but no one is wounded.
  • When Bluto falls from the sorority house, you can see the false ground move when he impacts.
  • During the toga party, as Boone is sitting alone and singing along with the band, in the background we see what is obviously a Budweiser logo on a lighted sign on the wall. But for the sake of not identifying the product, a large piece of what looks to be black electrical tape is placed over the name itself, leaving the actual logo intact.
  • Beth's brooch moves from side to side in the Dexter Lake club.
  • Right before Flounder spills the marbles in the street, he is seen holding them in a Kenner Spectograph box. This toy was not sold in the US until 1966.
  • In the lunch line, while Bluto is picking items from the shelves, the cameraman's feet can clearly be seen in the mirror above the shelves. As Bluto moves, so do the feet, facing Bluto.
  • When pirate Bluto swings from the roof using a banner, his stunt harness cable is visible.
  • In the food fight scene, all of the ROTC soldiers and Greg Marmalard fall on Neidermeyer when they are chasing Bluto. You clearly see Marmalard get up off of him and continue the chase. But, the next scene, you see the soldiers and Marmalard just getting up off of Neidermeyer.
  • The car that Flounder borrowed from his brother is a 1964 Lincoln Sedan whose body style was not introduced in 1962.
  • When Niedermyer is yelling at Flounder, the boom mic is reflected in his helmet.
  • When Katy is walking through the kitchen with her bare behind showing, she passes a refrigerator with a US Bicentennial sticker on the door. The Bicentennial was in 1976, of course, fourteen years later.
  • In the cafeteria scene when Bluto is filling his tray, the position of the food on the tray changes from shot to shot as he moves down the food line (esp. bananas).
  • Durng the Toga party, when Otter (Tim Matheson) takes Mrs. Wormer (Vera Bloom) to his room to seduce her, she kicks off her shoes, one after another. The first one lands on the floor, and the other one bounces off the edge of the glass coffee table, then onto the floor, and the sound of shattering glass is heard, yet the table remains intact.
  • When the secretary is cranking out copies of the midterm exam on the mimeograph machine, the header reads, "PSYCHOLOGY 101," yet the questions are clearly intended for a history test.
  • As the ROTC cadets are marching down the street in the parade at the end of the movie, the left front cadet fails to spin his rifle with the others, and simply keeps marching.
  • At the toga party, Bluto already has mustard all over his toga in the shot right before he empties the jar on himself. In the shot just before he dumps the mustard on himself, the toga is clean.
  • The letters on the balcony change from "DXT" to "DTX" and back again while the house is being gutted by the authorities.
  • In the parade sequence near the end of the movie, there is a mid-'70s model Chevrolet pickup truck in the background.
  • The movie is supposed to take place in New England, however during the night time scene in the football stadium with Pinto and Clorette, PAC 10 school banners can be seen hanging on the wall in the background (since the movie was actually filmed at the University of Oregon).
  • At the parade mayhem, Bluto slides down from the rooftop to the street, tearing up the "Welcome Alumni" banner in the process. In a later scene, the banner is whole again.
  • In the parade scene the letter "A" on the SIGMA float is knocked off by a fire hydrant but it reappears in the following segment
  • While Niedermeyer is belittling Flounder, Boon selects a club and hands the golf bag to Otter. Cuts back to the "you all are worthless and weak..." speech, Boon hands the golf bag to Otter again.
  • Many of the parade watchers wearing late 70's hairstyles, clothing.
  • In addition to the previously mentioned error involving the Mayor's Oldsmobiles, although Mayor DePasto owns an Oldsmobile dealership, the car seen in his driveway when Larry brings his daughter home in the shopping cart after the toga party is a Buick. The mayor also promised free Oldsmobiles for the parade but the decorated car that Bluto tosses Mandy into is also a Buick.
  • During the parade scene, when a police car skids to a stop on a side street, in the background you can clearly see a sign on a building, "Cottage Grove Sentinel". That's the name of the newspaper in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where the scene was filmed.
  • In the ROTC scene, after Otter hit's Niedermeyer's horse with a golf ball, the horse rears on its hind legs. When Otter hits his next ball at Niedermeyer's helmet, the horse is shown in a long view perfectly still.
  • When Larry and Kent are accepted to Delta House, they are awoken from bed with carbon dioxide extinguishers. The type used are aluminum cylinders which were not manufactured in 1962 and the label suggests they are Amerex extinguishers, Amerex was founded in 1971.
  • When Pinto is in bed with the girl, she passes out as she is taking her bra off. As she falls over, the toilet paper in her bra hangs over Pinto's hands. The next shot when you see Pinto, the paper is in a ball.
  • When Boon and Otter are looking down on the ROTC group on the field, Boon removes the golf bag from his shoulder, selects a club, and hands the bag to Otter. Following a quick cutaway shot to the field, the very next shot of Boon shows the bag back on his shoulder.
  • In the check-out line at the Food King, there is an older, electro-mechanical cash register behind Clorette, but from a different angle looking towards Larry, a more modern electronic register as used in the late 1970s is clearly visible in the next aisle over.
  • The Ludwig logos displayed on the marching band bass drum in the parade was not introduced until the 1970s. The logos used in the 1960s were much smaller, and used a script lettering (as used on Ringo Starr's trap set in the early Beatles films and recorded appearances).
  • When the Lincoln is driving away from the Dexter Lake Club, the license plates are blue and gold California plates - similar to Otter's Vette plates that came out in 1970. -- Oregon plates from this era were very similar to the CA "Blue & Gold" plates. Since this movie was filmed in Oregon, possibly local cars were used.
  • In the homecoming parade there is a float showing President Kennedy and the word "Camelot". The use of this word dates from an interview Jackie Kennedy gave Theodore H. White days after Kennedy's assassination in which she revealed that the President listened to the music from the Broadway musical "Camelot" before he went to sleep. The movie occurs before his death and uses a word not associated with the president at that time.
  • When the "Eat Me" car hits the "Togetherness" float and separates the two hands, the white hand moves slowly backward. In the next shot it is rolling forward at full speed when it smashes into the car dealership window.
  • When Otis begins to sing the song "Shout", they zoom in on the big drum in the drum set which is red with gold letters. During the song the drum set center is now white with green letters.
  • The movie takes place in 1962, but Astroturf was not invented until 1965.
  • At the ROTC inspection, Neidermeyer salutes Chip Diller and Diller returns the salute. Since Chip Diller is the lower ranking officer, he should have saluted Neidermeyer, and Neidermeyer should have returned the salute.
  • When the band is marching down the alley at the end of the film, the "brick wall" that they all run into repeatedly bounces back and forth as it is touched.
  • A major song that is featured in the movie is 'Louie, Louie'. The movie is supposed to take place in the Fall 1962 - Spring 1963 timeframe, however, 'Louie, Louie' (by the Kingsmen) was not released until late 1963 (November-December timeframe).
  • When Flounder helps Sissy out of the car at the toga party, her hands are bare. But from an interior angle, when they enter the house, she is suddenly wearing gloves.
  • During the disciplinary hearing scene, there are two flags pictured. One is an American flag, and the other is a Tennessee state flag, even though the film was supposed to have taken place in Pennsylvania. (This was due to the producers not being able to find a Pennsylvania flag that was large enough, so they settled on what they felt to be a fairly generic-looking state flag.)
  • When Bluto grabs the sign which tears to get him down to the street to jump in the convertible at the end, the cable holding him up is visible.
  • Blutarsky (Belushi), dressed in pirates garb, climbs up the side of the building before he grabs the banner and rides it across the street. He is chased to the building by ROTC cadets. You can see a civilian give Belushi a two handed lift up in order to help him up the building. The ROTC cadets act as a screen to minimize our being able to see the boost.
  • To compound the previously cited geographical error of showing Pac 10 banners in the football stadium (the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium), there is also an anachronism in this banner display. The Pac 10 was known as the Big 6 in 1962 when this story is supposed to take place. However, an OSU banner can clearly be seen: the University of Oregon and Oregon State University did not join the Big 6 (which then became the Pac 8) until 1964.
  • When Otter is making out with the coed in the car he removes her bra. As she dives into the neighboring car she is wearing it again.
  • At the very beginning of the shot where Boon's golf ball smashes through Dean Wormer's window, a hand gripping a slingshot-like device is visible firing the ball.
  • In the classroom, during the lecture on Milton, Jennings sloppily writes "Satan" on the blackboard. In a subsequent shot, "Satan" is written much more neatly and legible. The T also changes position.
  • When Katy is about to hand the beer to Pinto, she is holding it in her left hand at the tap. She then switches it to her right hand as Pinto approaches and asks him if he wants a beer as she looks at his name tag she switches the beer back to her left hand. As she says Larry, the camera angle switches from behind her left shoulder, but she is handing him the beer with her right hand.
  • During the probation hearing the words "Pan Hellenic Disciplinary Council" can be seen written on the chalkboard; Pan Hellenic Council is the organization that governs sororities, not fraternities, which are regulated by Inter Fraternity Council.
  • As Bluto makes his way down the cafeteria line, the feet of a crew member following him are visible in the angled mirror above the food.
  • In the Food King scene where Flounder is catching groceries tossed by Otter, items on the shelf have UPC symbols, which were not used until 1973. Also, there is Low-Calorie Nestea on the shelf (not available in 1962), and the product prices are too high for 1962.
  • Stratton's Vette have what appear to be blue California plates. California did not introduce blue plates till 1970. (Best view is when they enter the first party.) --Oregon plates from this era were very similar to the CA "Blue & Gold" plates. Since this movie was filmed in Oregon, possibly local cars were used.
  • When Pinto arrives at the Delta house and gets a beer, his grip on the mug constantly changes from using the handle or just holding the mug.
  • When Neidermeyer closes the door on Flounder at Omega House, two women in red dresses can be seen coming down a stairway in the background. A moment later, they cut back to an empty stairway, and then the same two girls reappear at the top.
  • The ROTC cadets should have stood at proper attention for Niedermeyer's line inspection, called to it by Diller, by the squad leaders squad by squad, or even by Niedermeyer himself.
  • When Bluto chugs the bottle of whiskey, he spills some on his sweater. In the next shot, his sweater is dry.
  • Niedermeyer forces Flounder to do push-ups in horse manure. But in the scenes that follow, including the "killing Niedermeyer's horse" scene, there is no trace of manure on his shirt.
  • When the "EAT ME" car hits the bleachers, you can see the rope used to pull them down, pulling the bleachers from behind and dragging them for a short time.
  • When the mayor and Dean Wormer are discussing the costs of the parade, the mayor mentions use of his three Oldsmobiles, but the white convertible that the mayor and Dean Wormer ride up in is a Buick, a 1961 LeSabre or Electra. The second red convertible in the parade is a Cadillac. The first red convertible in the parade might be a 1961 or 1962 Olds Cutlass, but looks more like a 1962 Buick Skylark.
  • After Katie asks Boon about the previous night's Toga party, and she tells him she's busy that night, Otter puts his left hand on Boon's left shoulder. In the next shot, his right arm's on Boon's right shoulder.
  • In the cafeteria scene when Bluto does his "I'm a zit" gag, a side angle shows him holding a scoop of potatoes with his right hand, followed immediately by a front angle of him putting the potatoes in his mouth with his left hand.
  • When smoking pot with Professor Jennings, Boone and Katy are singing Hey Paula, which did not become a hit until 1963.
  • When Flounder is pointing a gun at the horse in the Dean's office, a wire or can be seen pulling the horse's head to the side, causing it to act weird.
  • When the girl lands on the Lucky Boy's bed, she is in her stocking feet. When she is in-shot again, she is wearing high heels.
  • In the Food King, Otter picks up a bottle of Mazola to hand to Flounder. Behind it Nestea instant tea mix can be seen, as well as to the right side of it. When looking behind Flounder, it can be clearly seen they are in the coffee and tea aisle. The 6 bottles of Mazola oil are the only bottles on that aisle.
  • As Otter and Boon are admiring Flounder's brother's borrowed Lincoln, there are two guys visible in a wide shot on the roof of Delta House outside a second-floor window. Then, from a closer angle, the two guys have disappeared, but magically reappear when they cut back to the wide angle shot as the Lincoln pulls away.
  • At the "Toga Party," Otis Day sings "Shout" into a Shure SM58 microphone, which was not introduced until 1968.
  • When the Delta's take their "road trip" and pick up some co-eds from an area girls college, they go to a bar where Otis Day is playing. While sitting inside at the table, the broach Otter's date is wearing clearly moves from the left to right side of her sweater in sequential shots.
  • When Bluto is in the cafeteria line, he loads up his tray with food. When he moves to the next food station, the tray is reversed. Then half way down the hamburger line, the tray turns back around. Also, different food items are on again and off again.
  • During the opening credits, a man wearing white pants runs past Larry and Kent twice.
  • The ROTC cadets are conducting physical training in full dress uniform. That is prohibited by regulation. Physical training is only conducted in athletic wear or combat dress uniform.
  • During the toga party, a guitarist with Otis Day and the Knights is seen playing a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe model electric guitar. The Deluxe was not introduced by Gibson until 1968.
  • When Bluto is sneaking up on the sorority sisters' house, the exterior shot of the upper floor windows shows the women's actions in silhouette, as if there were a blind or curtains completely obscuring the window. But once Bluto climbs the ladder, each view of Bluto shot from the inside the house shows him through an unobstructed window. Then when the shot switches to a view from the outside, the windows are again obscured.
  • During D-Day's throat percussion at the top of the stairs
  • When Bluto chugs the bottle of whiskey, the Jack Daniels labels can be clearly seen. When he breaks it, it is a different bottle with no label.
  • The "Philadelphia Collar" that Niedermeyer is wearing after he falls off the horse wasn't made until 1971.
  • During the parade riot, three colored-smoke flares are seen dropping into the "ashtray mortar" each time it is fired. However, only two are seen each time landing on the pavement.
  • The drum major disappears after Stork pushes him aside so he can seize the drum major's baton.
  • On the stairs just before the frat hearing, after Boon and Katy finish talking, Otter puts his left hand on Boon's left shoulder. But in the next shot, Otter's right hand is on Boon's right shoulder, and they continue down the stairs.
  • When Otis Day and The Knights are performing at the Delta House, the guitar player is seen playing a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar model, which Gibson didn't introduce until 1969 and blues guitarist Robert Cray, who played bass in the band, is seen playing a Fender Precision Bass with (if you look closely) a transition logo, which Fender didn't start using until 1964 and oval-head tuners, which Fender didn't start using on their basses until 1966.
  • When Shelly is surprised by the guys running out of the club, she is topless. When she dives into another car window moments later, she's wearing a bra.
  • At the parade riot, as the Deathmobile bursts through the smoke, the strip of smoke generators can be seen running across the street. However, the smoke is supposed to be coming from the smoke flares.
  • When Larry and Kent first approach the Delta House, a mannequin flies out of the window and lands at their feet. As they step over the mannequin, a second camera angle shows the mannequin's legs pointing in the opposite direction.
  • In the parade sequence which was shot over the course of five days, the weather conditions change from blue sky to overcast and in some shots, the pavement is wet.
  • The chainsaw the worker revs up in Dean Wormer's office is a McCulloch Mini Mac 6, which was not available until 1970.
  • When the group go to sit in the booth seat at the Dexter Lake club, the order they sit changes on the cut from where they enter the booth to when they are sitting down.
  • The Faber ROTC contingent led by Neidermeyer twirls their rifles three times during the parade scene. Several members of the team do not twirl their rifles on the second twirl.
  • Many times we hear a bell ring to signal the end of class. There are no end-of-period bells in college.
  • At one point Eric Stratton makes a phone call from a telephone booth. The booth has blue glass, but in reality telephone booths used red glass at the time.
  • When Boon is in the phone booth trying to call Katy there's a coffin-nose AMC Matador parked to the left of the booth. AMC introduced that model Matador in 1974.
  • When with the ROTC cadets on the drill field Flounder has his name tag on his left breast pocket while all the other cadets have their name tag over their right breast pocket.
  • During the homecoming parade, Stork pushes the Drum Major aside and leads the band into an alley. The band follows him and marches into a wall at the end of the alley. At the very end of the film they are still marching into the wall. In reality, marching band members aren't that stupid.
  • In the student court scene, the actress who plays Babs (Martha Smith) is wearing her wedding ring. In all the other scenes she is not.
  • After meeting Bluto, as Dorfman and Kroger enter the Delta House shaking urine off their shoes, Dorfman inadvertently kicks his left shoe off.
  • The rifles carried by the ROTC drill team in the parade are WWII-era M-1 Garands. Yet a few frames after Neidermeyer grabs one of these rifles he is seen loading a WWI-era M1917 Lee-Enfield. This switch was likely done because the clip-fed M1 cannot be manually loaded like Neidermeyer is doing without the use of a special device not in ordinary issue.
  • When the Omegas are shown waiting for Otter in the Rainbow Motel Chip Diller (Kevin Bacon) is wearing a Faber letterman's sweater with two rings on the sleeve, which would indicate he was a Junior. It is clearly established that in 1962 he is still a Freshman which should have no rings on the sleeve, assuming he could have even earned a letter during his first semester.
  • The M1917 Neidermeyer shoots at Flounder fires a powerful .30-06 round that should have passed on through the Seltzer bottle and then struck either Flounder or one of the bystanders running in the background.
  • Army (including ROTC) drill teams are issued non-firing, usually obsolete, rifles for public demonstrations. (In part for safety and in part because of the risk of damage to the weapon.) The rifles used in the parade should not have had firing pins and, therefore, Neidermeyer should not have been able to fire live rounds with them.
  • As already mentioned, despite the Mayor's promise of the use of "his free Oldsmobiles," all of the convertibles shown in the parade are 1960-62 Buicks and one Cadillac. The only Oldsmobile in the entire film is the yellow 1963 Dynamic 88 shown in the dealership being hit by the out of control "hand float."
  • The grandfather clock in Dean Wormer's office (during the probation discussion) does not advance, including the second hand.
  • Crew easily visible in mirrored helmet worn by Marmalard at the ROTC cadet review outside the stadium.
  • The "road trip" Lincoln Continental belonging to Flounder's brother was actually a 1964 model, which is curious since the film was supposed to have taken place in 1962.
  • Many of the ROTC are out of step during the parade.
  • When Dean Wormer tells the Deltas their GPA's, Larry Kroger has a 1.2, which Wormer says puts him at the top of the Delta pledge class, yet later he tells Hoover his GPA is a 1.6.
  • Neidermeyer dismounts to inspect the cadets, when the shot goes back to the guys on the hill he is mounted again, then dismounted again when the shot returns to the cadets.
  • When Niedermeyer is off of his horse belittling Flounder, Otter misses his long golf shot aimed at the horse (NOTE: shot briefly shows Niedermeyer STILL ON HIS HORSE, when he's actually on the ground belittling Flounder.
  • When Bluto falls with the ladder, you can clearly see the fabricated ground give way when he lands.
  • In the fraternity's basement bar, on the wall in the background is a Coca-Cola sign with the slogan, "Things Go Better With Coke." Coca-Cola didn't introduce that advertising slogan until 1963, a full year after the movie's setting. This is according to Coke's own web site, on a page titled "A History of Coca-Cola Advertising Slogans."
  • During the first scene in Dean Wormer's office, 1970s cars can be seen in the parking lot outside his window.
  • When Bluto chugs down the whiskey, bubbles can be seen fizzing to the top. Real whiskey does not give off bubbles.
  • When Larry and Kent first arrive at Delta House, Bluto has a dark beer in his hand as he turns and pees on their legs. When they enter the frat house, Bluto's beer is now much lighter.
  • When Niedermeyer is in the cafeteria prior to the food fight, he has no rank on his epaulets.
  • After the Deathmobile crashes into the grandstand and the people go flying into the air, there is a shot showing the wooden structure from behind, teetering. You can see a chain or rope at the top partially hidden by the bunting pulling the structure down to the ground.
  • When the psych midterm exam is being mimeographed, although it says "PSYCHOLOGY 101" at the top, it appears to be a history exam (topics included on the paper include "Greece from the age of Pericles to the fall of the Athenian Empire" and "crisis and social conflict in Rome from the Gracchi to Sulla").
  • Marion Wormer (Dean Wormer's wife) tells Otter, "I'm old enough to be your mother...almost". Verna Bloom isn't even almost old enough to be his mother, she is only eight years older than Tim Matheson.
  • The text of the "Daily Faberian" newspaper with the headline "Delta Probation Hearing" is random paragraphs repeated over and over.
  • [0:2:35] At the beginning of DVD chapter 2, Larry "Pinto" Kroger and Fred "Flounder" Dorfman visit the Omega house, it's nighttime when they arrive, but when the camera changes camera angles as Nedermeyer greets them there is sunlight coming through the windows.
  • The marbles Flounder throws out change from being multi-colored to all clear.
  • As someone previously mentioned that the 'Camelot' float was done more than a year before the word was ever mentioned regarding the late President Kennedy, the same can be said about the sorority girls all wearing imitation pink suits with the pill box hats. Mrs. Kennedy wore that suit when the President was assassinated in November 1963 and the movie was in 1962.

Spoilers

  • Pinto first meets Clorette at the Food King where she's working as a cashier. At the end of the movie when they have sex, she tells him that she's only 13. However, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 set 14 years of age as the minimum age for someone to do non-agricultural work. Clorette should never have had the cashier job.
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