Animal House

Visible crew/equipment: During the scene where Otter is hitting golf balls at the ROTC cadets, Niedermayer is wearing a highly polished chrome helmet. In at least one shot, you can see a movie light reflected in it. (00:20:10)

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Continuity mistake: When they show Flounder's face on the screen they throw beer cans at it and it gets soaked. When Otter gets up it is completely dry. (00:13:55)


Continuity mistake: When Neidermeyer is yelling at Flounder about his pledge pin, Neidermeyer is spitting the P's in Flounder's face. When this happens, the camera is on Neidermeyer and if you look at Flounder, (even though it's his backside), you can see his eyes close everytime he's spitted on. However, afterwards, the camera changes to Flounder instantly, and his eyes are wide open (as if they never closed at all). Nobody's eyes instantly open THAT quickly after being spat on.


Audio problem: When D-Day, Bluto and Flounder are running out of Wormer's office after the horse died, there is a sound effect of them screaming as they flee the scene. This exact same sound effect is used when the boys run out of the all-black bar, except Bluto and D-Day weren't there; it was Flounder, Kroger and Boon. (00:30:40 - 01:17:15)


Continuity mistake: When the Deltas are leaving the student court on masse, you can see Bluto followed by Flounder exiting the hall as Vernon shouts "I'm calling your national office." After several more seconds of Vernon shouting and Greg frantically slamming his gavel, it cuts to a shot of the doorway with Bluto and Flounder just walking up to it and stopping to grin at Vernon. They would've been long out of the room by then.


Audio problem: At the bar after the tall black man asks to dance with the boys' dates, he lifts the booth table up off the floor. There's a sound like it's being forcibly ripped out of the floor, yet the table has a round bottom with no visible bolts or screws. While it may have been heavy, it wasn't secured to the floor.


Continuity mistake: When Bluto is spying on the girls of the sorority house, all of the blinds are up giving him a good look. In the next shot when he moves the ladder to a nearby window, all of the blinds are down.


Continuity mistake: As Niedermeyer chews out Flounder in the close ups, the long shots from Boon and Stratton's view of the action shows Niedermeyer mounted on his horse, then back to the close up of Niedermeyer dismounted, continuing to chew out Flounder.


Revealing mistake: You can see that the Jack Daniels that Bluto chugs is not real, because it foams. It was probably iced tea or something. (01:07:30)

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Babs is writing down what is said during the Fraternity's disciplinary hearing, (Court reporting) no ink is actually coming out of her pen as she writes on her notepad. That is, the notepad remains blank even as she turns to a new page while writing. (01:04:50 - 01:05:55)

Continuity mistake: From Double Secret Probation DVD - "When Bluto is placing the ladder outside the sorority house, there is a large awning between the two windows and it would be impossible for him to "jump" the ladder from one window to the next." (00:38:29)

Factual error: Listen to the crickets chirping at the football field where Larry and the Mayor's daughter make love. It's fall, everyone has jackets on. It's much too cold for crickets to chirp that rapidly. (Or at all at that time of year). (01:32:00)


Audio problem: When Bluto is using the ladder to look in the sorority house, the ladder gives a clanging sound like an aluminum extension ladder. The ladder Bluto is using is a single frame wooden ladder which wouldn't make any clanging sounds at all.


Continuity mistake: When Pinto and Flounder visit the Omega house in the opening of the movie, notice the girls coming down the stairs. In the first shot they are there, the second shot they are not, then they are. (00:03:00)

Continuity mistake: After Stork pushes the drum major off camera to the right and seizes his baton, the scene cuts to a longer shot where he leads the band in the same direction. The drum major has disappeared. (01:36:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the cafeteria "I'm a zit" scene, Bluto picks up the mashed potatoes with his right hand, but the very next shot shows him placing it in his mouth with his left hand. (00:34:50)

Revealing mistake: During the scene where the Delta boys are looking at slides of the recruits from the evening, Otter steps in front of the screen to defend Flounder. Notice that he is standing directly in line with the projector to the screen and there is no shadow on the screen nor is part of the slide projected onto his chest. (00:14:10)

Factual error: Mrs. Wormer confuses the meanings of "sensual" and "sensuous". Sensuous merely means appealing to the senses; sensual has sexual connotations. In other words, vegetables are sensuous; people are sensual. (00:46:45)

Continuity mistake: When the Deathmobile lines up across the street to take out the grandstand, the car reaches the grandstand about three times before it actually rams it. Even after one shot if the car reaching the grandstand, it cuts to D-Day yelling "Ramming Speed!" and then the car is seen back at its original position on the other side of the street.

Continuity mistake: The candle on the table appears/disappears when they're at the bar where Otis is playing, especially when the big dude removes the table to "dance with their dates". (01:16:40)

Hoover: They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!

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Trivia: During the scene where John Belushi is sneaking around, you see him slip and then get back up. The slip was accidental but the film makers left it in the movie.

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Question: Near the end, when Dean Wormer and Mayor DePasto are in the grandstand, officially launching the parade, there is an elderly gentleman in the background (also in the grandstand, about 2 levels up, on the left side of the screen) who is making odd, excited gestures and comical facial expressions. His appearance and odd mannerisms are so striking that he draws my attention away from the dean and the mayor every time that I've seen this film, and that's a lot of times. Surely, director John Landis must have been aware of the gentleman and his antics in the background through multiple takes, so it would seem Landis intended the peculiar distraction. Who was that gentleman, and was there any significance to his appearing in the scene?

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Answer: Sometimes these things get left in because it's simply the best take. (The child covering his ears before the gunshot in "North by Northwest," for example.) It could also be that John Landis cast the extra because he wanted someone with goofy expressions in the crowd. He simply could have told the extras "Ok, be excited that you're at a parade," and that's how this extra did it.

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